The Green Horse section provides practical information on managing environmentally sustainable horse properties, readers stories and tips, as well as advice and articles from equestrian experts in their fields.
June July 2015
Vol 37 No 1
In this issue of The Green Horse you will find the following articles:
by Teele Hooper-Worrell
Reducing Run-off Polution on horse properties by Wendy Elks
The Next Step- setting up an equine property
by Cynthia Cooper
Stable Waste- straight to pasture or compost first?
by Andrea Carmody
Sometimes it’s challenging to think of what horse owners can do on their property for conservation, especially if it’s a smaller property or there is limited space for revegetation. A great way to invest in future conservation is to create bushland corridors linking existing bushland fragments.
Natural corridors provide food and shelter for local wildlife, decreases erosion and provide a weed barrier, all the while increasing local biodiversity. Natural corridors of bush allow native birds, reptiles and mammals to move safely through fragmented areas allowing them to breed safely. In areas of mass clearing or peri-urban development, small landholders have a unique opportunity to achieve important conservation outcomes.
Property managers don’t need to fence off acres of land to provide a bushland; a line of trees with some shrubs fenced off from stock can enable native animals to move between fragmented areas, a beefed up windbreak is a great example. A corridor can easily be created along the front of the property; some local council’s will even provide free native seedlings for the verge.
A line of bush along the front of the property can increase the aesthetics of the property, increase privacy and provide shade or shelter to stock and the pasture from windborne weeds. Neighbours can potentially collaborate and work together to link up corridors or any road reserves or bushland at each end of the street; or fence and revegetate any waterways that run through adjoining properties.
The best way to start creating a bushland corridor on any property is to find out the soil type(s) present and the associated native plants that will grow well in the local area. Be careful that any seedlings planted aren’t toxic to stock or people and won’t interfere with power lines when fully grown. There are dedicated native nurseries that will be able to assist in making decisions in the right direction when it comes time to selecting plants. There is even a number of Australian species that can be provided as fodder to horses.