Diversity in a Piped System Project- Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), VIC
Development of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline will introduce significant long-term changes to regional biodiversity on farms as a result of the change from an open water supply system of channels and dams to a closed system of pipes and stock troughs.
The Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) recently completed a two-year study to assess the biodiversity values of different water supply systems. The Diversity in a Piped System project found biodiversity levels on farms higher at sites with open water and at sites in woodlands. Trials of an experimental water point for wildlife found that they could increase the biodiversity value of a woodland and, significantly, maintain biodiversity at levels comparable with farm dams in woodlands.
This innovative and highly successful approach is a simple, water efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining and enhancing wildlife values on farms in the Wimmera and Mallee. Results have been widely adopted by farmers and industry in the region.
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