Woodend Landcare – membership, events, and a video and weed to watch

Woodend Landcare Working Bees, AGM and Membership

Like for everyone, 2020 has proven to be a very quiet year for Woodend Landcare. Our working bees and Thursday Crew activities remain on hold while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. We are hoping to resume our activities in October and hold an AGM by the end of the year.

In the meantime, please consider joining or renewing your Woodend Landcare membership. Active memberships are really important to us ‒  it shows support for the group (which helps us with funding applications) and ensures you are properly insured when volunteering.  Please keep an eye on our website, and sign up for our newsletter for more details: www.woodendlandcare.org

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Black Gum Plant Giveaway

Black Gum (Eucalyptus aggregata) is a Nationally Endangered native tree that grows in NSW and Victoria. In Victoria, it is known only to the Woodend region. The Threatened Species Conservancy is working in partnership with Woodend Landcare and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council to bring this beautiful tree back from the brink of extinction. 
 
In recent months, they have been lucky to receive the support of a generous donor who has funded the propagation of hundreds of Black Gum seedlings to give to the Woodend and Ashbourne community. If you are a private landholder in these areas and are interested in growing Woodend’s iconic threatened gum, please feel free to contact the Threatened Species Conservancy at: info@tsconservancy.org. Plants will be available for pick up from a central location. Details will be confirmed with a follow up email.
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Taking care of Woodend Grassland Reserve

It has been brought to Woodend Landcare’s attention that some holes, jumps and tracks are being dug in the Woodend Grassland Reserve near Buffalo Stadium. The Reserve is a 9-hectare intact grassland that supports a vegetation community considered very rare for this region. The reserve is dominated by Kangaroo Grass with a rich diversity of grassland herbs, lilies and orchids. Ecologist Paul Foreman declared that Woodend Grassland Reserve is one of the best examples of a grassland in the region. We think it is a very special place, which we are lucky to have. Please enjoy it, but look after it. It is not an appropriate place for bikes or other damaging activities.

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Weed to watch ‒  Bluebell Creeper

We have noticed an explosion of Bluebell Creeper growing in bush areas around town. Bluebell Creeper is a vigorous, evergreen West Australian plant that grows to a height of 4 m. It may be a dense shrub or a climbing plant and has drooping clusters of blue or white flowers in spring and summer. This species produces copious amounts of seeds which are eaten by birds and foxes and spread in their droppings. It can smother native groundcovers and shrubs and can easily invade adjoining bushland. They are very easy to pull out while they are small and the ground is moist. Please make every effort to remove Bluebell Creeper from your property if you see it growing.  

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Video to watch – The Kingdom of Fungi

Fungi are fundamentally important organisms. They’re not just some kind of bizarre accessories in the landscape, but rather fungi underpin, pretty much every terrestrial ecosystem, on the planet. Join ecologist Alison Pouliot in this foray into the Kingdom Fungi – filmed locally in the Wombat Forest.

To watch, click here: https://vimeo.com/457577341 (5 minutes)

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Clover Glycine (Native Pea) Webinar

23rd of September | 7 – 7.45pm

Council’s Environment Team is running a Webinar that will be focusing on Native Pea’s, and specifically Clover Glycine, as lesser known and threatened species we have locally.

Karl Just is an ecologist who has worked extensively with Clover Glycine, and Native Pea’s, and brings a wealth of knowledge to this sessions.

The session will be part presentation looking at Native Pea Identification, a case study of Clover Glycine restoration efforts in Eltham, an introduction into survey techniques and data capture using GPS App, Avenza, and part Q&A.

To register your interest, please use this link: https://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/See-Do/Events/Events-Activities/Clover-Glycine-Webinar

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Free carbon farming webinar

Join the Director of Carbon Farmers of Australia, Louisa Kiely online as she discusses carbon farming which is about reducing emissions, while increasing production and sequestering of carbon in the landscape. 

Over three consecutive Thursday’s starting 24 September, Louisa will explore how you can reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions from your property and capture and hold carbon in your vegetation and soils. 

This free workshop is being run by Upper Campaspe Landcare Network and supported by Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Click here for more information and to register.

More good news

Wombat Forestcare – September 2020 Newsletter

Woodend Landcare News: Habitat Boxes, Interesting Events and More…

a box of habitatWoodend Landcare partners with Tree Project to offer ‘A Box of Habitat’ to Woodend residents.

Each Box of Habitat will come with 48 plants – carefully selected to suit the Woodend area. They will include a range of grasses, ground cover, shrubs and a few trees. We hope to offer 10 or more different species in each box.

Woodend residents can order one or more boxes (max 10), at a cost of $30 per box. Woodend Landcare will coordinate the ordering and delivery of the plants.  You need to commit to planting the plants yourself, including providing guards and any necessary site preparation such as weed control, fencing and ripping. Plants ordered in September 2020 will be available for planting in Spring 2021.

If you would like to order some habitat for your place, please email woodendlandcare@gmail.com with the following information by Friday the 25th of September:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Number of boxes you would like
  • A description of where you will plant the seedlings (to help with species selection)

Woodend Landcare will confirm your order by the end of September. Please note that final numbers depend on interest from local residents (because we can only order in lots of 500 plants).

Tree Project is volunteer organization leading the way in sustainable revegetation throughout Victoria by providing low cost indigenous seedlings to landholders. If you are unable to plant native plants on your place, you might like to offer to grow the seedlings. Visit their website to find out more: www.treeproject.org.au.

Special thanks to Chloe Green from Howzit Greeny for the our fabulous new ‘Box of Habitat’ logo! And also to Penny Roberts from Newham Landcare for her guidance on beginning our Tree Project journey and generous offer of local seed for the project.

For more information email woodendlandcare@gmail.com or call Krista on 0408 204 449.

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Biodiversity on your Bush Block

Here is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the native plants and animals that can be found on properties around Woodend. A free, three part Webinar Series presented by local Macedon Ranges ecologists and brought to you by the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network and Macedon Ranges Shire Council. 

Pollinator Corridors | 11 am Saturday 12 September
Mercedes Ramirez
talks about the worldwide importance of pollinators and her personal experience with the creation of the Riddells Creek Pollinator Corridor. Click here to book.

Living with local fauna |11 am Saturday 19 September
Renowned local naturalist, Tanya Loos explores the wonders of living alongside the fauna on your bush-block. Tanya’s blog Birds, Bats, Beetles and Blossums is a fantastic place learn more about the beautiful flora and fauna of the Wombat Forest and surrounds. Tanya is also the author of the book, Daylesford Nature Diary: six seasons in the foothill forests. Click here to book. 

What’s growing on your bush block? | 11 am Saturday 26 September
Macedon Ranges ecologist Bianca Aquilina talks about ways to enhance and protect the indigenous flora you have on your land and how to encourage more to regenerate through seed setting and plantings. Click here to book  

trees and lightLocal Farmers Journey in Holistic Farming – Webinar Series

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is hosting an interesting series of webinars featuring four local farmers journey in holistic farming.

  • Webinar 1 – Sam White (Sidonia Beef) | 7 pm Tuesday 8 September
  • Webinar 2 – Patrick Francis (Moffitts Farm – Romsey) | 7 pm Tuesday 15 September
  • Webinar 3 – Breanne Francis (Gisborne) and Gerard Noonan (Malmsbury) | 7 pm Tuesday 22 September

Click here for flyer with more information. To register visit: www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/environment-events.

More Landcare News

North Central CMA Chat – September 2020

 

Woodend Landcare News – August 2020

Working Bee Update

There has been little action on the working bee front for the past six months due to the restrictions around COVID-19. In May, a few hardy volunteers replaced six of the exotic trees near the Woodend Children’s Park. This area will be a shady treasure in years to come.

Unfortunately our August bee will not go ahead. We are hoping, however, to hold a working bee on Sunday the 23rd September. More details will be provided closer to the event.

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Gorse is starting to flower locally, so now is a good time to treat infestations before it seeds. It’s bright flowers make it easy to spot and identify. Click here for tips on managing gorse. 

Reducing the footprint of your annual property ‘clean up’  

Spring is the time of year that most of us start thinking ahead to summer and preparing our properties for fire. Fuel reduction is an important part of life in bushfire prone areas, but it does not exclusively mean burning off. Consider minimising burning off and its costly carbon and habitat loss. Instead, try a combination of techniques to reduce the fuel load at your place. You’ll be reducing the environmental footprint of your pre-summer clean up and boosting biodiversity.

Here are five ideas from Woodend Landcare:

Limit your raking and debris removal to your house protection zone. Focus your tidying up efforts to your house protection zone and leave the leaves, sticks, branches and logs further afield for the bugs, reptiles, birds and animals who need it for food and habitat. Leaf litter helps your trees and plants by retaining moisture, providing nutrients and reducing erosion.

Put your leaf litter in your greenwaste bin or take it to the tip. It is free to drop off loads of weed-free green waste at the Woodend Transfer Station. Even better, your leaf litter and debris is recycled and ends up as useful compost, putting carbon back into the soil.

Leave big logs and branches for animal homes. A decaying log provides much needed habitat and food to a huge range of organisms, fungi, frogs, lizards, birds and animals.

Give your leaf litter to your chickens instead. A thick bed of leaf litter at the bottom of their cage will keep your chickens feet dry, and give them endless scratching pleasure!

Allow the leaf litter to compost. A pile of leaves left to breakdown overtime will create a wonderful natural compost for your garden. Be careful when moving these though – old mulch piles are often home to local fauna, like echidnas who are known create tunnels to nest and raise their young.

Want to know more? Goulburne Broken CMA have just released an excellent booklet exploring the role of – and need for – fallen logs, branches, sticks, and leaves as habitat. Click here to check it out.

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The treasures in leaf litter, illustration by Lynn O’Hara.

Cool Changes District 3442

Like many local groups and community members, Woodend Landcare has been involved in the climate action planning process for Woodend and district. The project is nearing an exciting stage – a final on-line workshop will take place on Tuesday 18 August. It is not too late to get involved. Click here for more information and to register.

Understanding your farm soil – Webinars

The Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Livestock program delivered by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council in partnership with the National Landcare program, has an interesting webinar series on understanding your soils.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020 | 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Dr Fiona Robertson from Agriculture Victoria, and Matthew Warnken from AgriProve: Soil Carbon Solutions will present on:

  • Soil carbon: What is it? Why is it important?
  • Soil carbon sequestration and soil carbon credits.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020 | 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Professor Roger Armstrong from Agriculture Victoria will present on:

  • Can applying organic matter improve grain yields on hostile clay soils?
  • Soil amelioration, the value of adding lime, organic matter, etc. to the subsoil.

Click here for more information and to register.

Creating a Garden for Wildlife: A gardener’s journey

Jill Teschendorff from Glenlyon has written a delightful book about gardening for wildlife called ‘Grow Wild: Gardening to Sustain Wildlife in the Hepburn Shire’, published by Wombat Forestcare. The book was written to encourage residents and landowners to preserve their natural environment and develop habitat in their gardens.

On Tuesday the 18th of August at 7.30 pm, Jill will take us on a virtual journey through her property in Glenlyon. Learn how a barren and treeless house block can be transformed into a beautiful garden that provides essential habitat for local wildlife. To register for the webinar, email John Binnion: horti@outlook.com.au.

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Tricky birds with Geoff Park and Chris Tzaros – 24 August 2020

Connecting Country is hosting an all-star lineup for a workshop on identifying tricky bird species of the central Victoria. Two highly-regarded birdwatchers and ecologists, Geoff Park and Chris Tzaros, will present on Monday 24 August 2020 at 7 pm. Geoff will be speaking on identifying raptors and Chris on identifying thornbills, followed by an interactive panel discussion and a chance to ask the experts your bird watching questions. Click here to register for this event.

Regenerative Grazing Short Course – Starts October

Applications are now open for Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s 2020/21 regenerative grazing short course. Delivered by experts, Graeme Hand and Colin Seis, the course will be held over multiple sessions in spring, summer and autumn. Click here to register your interest.

More Great Local News

Wombat Forestcare June 2020  – fascinating articles on local fungi.

Newham Landcare Autumn/Winter 2020 – features local roadside fauna and Snow Gums.

North Central Chat August 2020 – lots of regional Landcare news and events.

Woodend Landcare News – March Working Bee

Sunday 22 March Working Bee @ Ruby McKenzie Reserve

Our next Sunday working bee will be held in the vicinity of Ruby Mckenzie Reserve in Tennyson St from 9am until 12pm on Sunday 22nd of March. We will assemble in the reserve alongside the Landcare blue tool trailer. Briefing for tasks will commence at 9am so try to to get there a bit before then.

Tasks include whipper snipping around plant guards, woody weed control and the removal of a large seedling plum tree. A trailer would be handy if someone has one available. Some of the work areas are fairly rough so wear full length clothing, garden gloves, eye protection, sun protection and sturdy footwear. Bring secateurs if you own a pair.

Newcomers are very welcome and morning tea will be provided. Past plantings and weed control by Landcare have really transformed the Black Gum habitat in this area so come along and help us continually improve this site. For further information contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

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Cool Changes – District 3442

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is facilitating the development of a community climate change action plan for the wider district of Woodend (covered by postcode 3442).

Following a community information forum last week, independent facilitators will run three workshops to guide the community to develop their own plan, effectively to be an umbrella over all levels of current or desirable action to address climate change.

The first workshop is next Monday 16 March, then there’ll likely be other workshops in mid April and mid May. Council are looking for participants of all ages from across the district. Everyone is welcome!

Register your interest here: https://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/See-Do/Events/Events-Activities/Cool-Changes-Woodend-district-3442

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More great local events

Click on the links to find out more about all these great local events coming up in the next month.

15 March – Riddells Creek Zero Waste Day

16 March – Moveable electric strip fencing demonstration day

21 March – Resilience of the Wombat Forest to changes in climate

23 March – Managing your stock water and farm dams

29 March – Chooks in my backyard

30 March – Managing your pastures in a changing climate

3 April – Nature Journaling Workshop

Various dates – NCCMA Regional Roundtables

More great reads

Wombat Forestcare Newsletter (51) March 2020

North Central CMA Landcare Chat – March 2020