Reconciling farming with wildlife: monitoring vertebrate biodiversity in th


This project will result in increased vertebrate biodiversity at the farm scale through onfarm management via the rice industry’s Environmental Champions Program on both the planning and action levels. Research results will contribute significantly to building the capacity of both individual rice farmers and the rice industry as a whole in integrated biodiversity management as part of everyday farm business and culture. Onfarm actions that promote both farm production and biodiversity will provide a framework for onfarm management of biodiversity that can be adopted by other industries, government bodies, and other stakeholders.



Research Organisation

University Of Canberra

Objective Summary

To manage and promote existing onfarm vertebrate biodiversity using an experimental approach as a part of the rice industry's Environmental Champions Program (ECP) Conduct medium to longterm monitoring of selected vertebrate species in the above experiments to demonstrate the potential effectiveness of the ECP's onfarm management program for vertebrate biodiversity Conduct parallel ecological research (e.g. habitat utilisation on rice farms or the farming matrix) on selected significantvertebrate species to facilitate onfarm management decisions

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Project Start Date

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Project Completion Date

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Soil, water and managing natural resources

National Priority

RIC-Farm productivity - crop inputs, crop protection and the farming system


Related publications


Reconciling Farming with Wildlife: Managing Biodiversity in the Riverina Rice Fields