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Restoration Experiments for School Students

Bio·R has recently completed construction of six exclusion zones at Camp Crawford in the Coorong, which will be used by Year 9 students from Wilderness School for field experiments.

Each exclosure is 24 metres by 24 metres and designed to keep out rabbits and kangaroos. The students will use the exclosures and adjacent unfenced areas (controls) to:

  • Conduct experiments to determine the most effective method of reconstructing habitat and whether herbivores need to be excluded for plants to establish. They will then use this knowledge to revegetate the grounds of Camp Crawford and, in doing so, provide habitat that will help sustain local bird populations.
  • Re-establish three endangered plants that are native to the area around Camp Crawford, namely Spyridium fontis-woodiiSenecio macrocarpus and Ozothamnus pholidotus. For this project, Year 6 students are teaming up with the Botanic Gardens and Seeds of South Australia to propagate the plants from seeds. All successfully propagated seedlings will then be planted into the exclosures at Camp Crawford, where they will continue to be monitored by the students.
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The exclusion zones are both kangaroo and rabbit proof

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