Excluding stock from any dam or watercourse is considered best practice land management for any property. Hard-hooved animals (cows, horses, sheep) damage the sensitive ‘riparian’ environment causing problems with erosion and siltation and by reducing water quality.

Grazing of riparian vegetation affects plant diversity and can promote weed invasion (through higher nutrient loads), compacts soil and will disrupt ecosystem function. Fencing to exclude wetter areas on your property will increase biodiversity and wildlife habitats, including riparian-dependent fauna (aquatic organisms).

For more information, please refer the URTLG Watercourse Management Guide or email torrenslandcare@gmail.com