In January 2020, much of Batlow and surrounding areas were badly burnt. This included the farm of David Waters, our Local Landcare Coordinator for Bidgee South.
Heavy rain followed on the bare, burnt earth, and Dave was worried that his dam – and the family of platypus that lived there – would suffer.
But the vegetation around the dam helped protect it from erosion and sediment, so it is once again a refuge for wildlife.
Watch this remarkable story unfold in the video produced by the ANU Sustainable Farms team.