If you are out wandering along the creeks and slopes of South and WestGippsland, don’t be startled if you hear a loud, gurgling sound like this beneath your feet:This is the sound of a giant worm squelching its way in the darkness along its wet burrow. Although Australia has over 1000 species of native earthworms, Gippsland is home to possibly the largest and undoubtedly the most famous of all earthworms - the Giant Gippsland Earthworm.This gigantic earthworm has had an audience with a King, featured in festivals, (Moomba, Karmai and a variety show) and stared alongside Sir David Attenborough in the BBC’s 2005 tv series Life in the Undergrowth. Despite all thisattention, many of its habits and behaviours remain secret, hidden under the clay pastures of Gippsland.Farmers as CustodiansIt’s not just national parks and nature reserves that are important for protecting our threatened plants and animals; farmland also plays a role in biodiversity conservation. This is imperative for threatened species such as the Giant Gippsland Earthworm, where the farmers of South and West Gippsland are the custodians of the majority of its habitat. Working together and managing farms in ways that protect GGE habitat will help ensure that GGEs continue to survive and thrive.The Triholm Landcare Group is part of the South Gippsland Landcare Network, a community based organisation that works to improve the long term sustainability of farming and the native environment in South Gippsland.In mid 2013, the Triholm Group were awarded a grant from the federal government’s Caring For Our Country Program to undertake an 18 month project: Building capability to Manage GGE Habitat on farms. This project will help farmers undertaking revegetation projects to design plantings to protect soil moisture regimes around GGE habitat.Dig a little deeper and unearth some of the secrets of the Giant Gippsland Earthworm by exploring this website. Find out how you can identify and manage GGE habitat on your farm and be part of this exciting project.Site content written by Dr. Beverley Van Praagh (BSc. PhD.) who has been studying the Giant Gippsland Earthworm for the past 20 years.
Fact Sheet 2: Protecting Giant Gippsland Earthworm Habitat - guidelines for revegetation and plantation projects.
Giant Gippsland Earthworm (GGE)
Information Session and Field Day
A Great Success!The Giant Gippsland Earthworm (GGE) Information Session & Field Day was held on Monday 9th September 2013 in Poowong East and was a great success. Click here to read the report and view photographs from the day.