Field Day for children (and adults) to learn rural ways

Fishing: Angus Walsh recently had success catching this Murray cod and of course, successfully released it. He wasn't prepared to share the location of his secret fishing hole though.
Fishing: Angus Walsh recently had success catching this Murray cod and of course, successfully released it. He wasn't prepared to share the location of his secret fishing hole though.

How to tie a knot; how to relate to a snake – or a wallaby; what animal waste tells us through the microscope.  They’re all on the agenda for the Field Day this weekend.

These will be just a few of the activities on Saturday and Sunday at the Glen Innes Agricultural Research and Advisory Station at 444, Strathbogie Road.

Staff of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services staff will also be running talks and displays on Aboriginal culture, Biosecurity, Farm Planning, Sustainable Land Management.

There will be what they call “close ups” with animals, in particular, feeding kangaroos, and “interaction with snakes”.

There will be microscopes available to analyse what they describe as the “pooh” of animals.  The aim is to convey the excitement of the science of nature and how a rich world can exist even though it’s too small for the naked eye.

District Fisheries Officer, Joe Wright, said the fishing part was planned to give information about the sustainable use of fish resources:  “Glen Innes and the surrounding area has a long history of recreational fishing and is conveniently situated within one hour’s drive of so many different waterways which have vastly different species of fish.”

Glen Innes and the surrounding area has a long history of recreational fishing.

Joe Wright

He added: “The fishing clinic is an important step in educating children about treating fish with respect, acting safely around water and promoting a healthy appreciation for waterways, what they have to offer and why we need to protect them.”

It all starts at 9.30 on Saturday and Sunday morning runs through until mid-afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.  It’s aimed at children but adults may also find these different aspects of rural life to be interesting.  Certainly, the organisers hope so.