Woodend Landcare invites you to join us on Monday 16 August for an interesting evening celebrating Woodend Landcare and our local grasslands.
Woodend Grasslands Talk
Martin Roberts will be speaking about the value and importance of local grasslands. These are the most threatened ecosystem types in our region. Martin will discuss the management of a valuable existing grassland – the Woodend Grassland Reserve – including the role of ecological burns. He will also highlight the steps taken to recreate a grassland at the Quarry Rd retarding basin. Martin Roberts is the Bushland Reserves Officer at Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
AGM – would you like to join the committee?
On the same evening, we will hold our Annual General Meeting. We encourage you to consider joining the committee – we’d love some new faces at our bi-monthly meetings. Please contact Kate if you are interested on 5427 2312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The grassland talk and AGM will be held online via zoom at 7.30pm on Monday 16 August. Email email@example.com to rsvp and for the zoom link.
Join or Renew your Membership
Now is that time of year when we ask members to renew their Landcare membership. Membership demonstrates support for our group and ensures participants are covered by insurance at our working bees. We currently have 48 members (including families) – it would be great to see this membership grow. If you would like to join, click here to download a Woodend Landcare Membership Form.
Our annual membership fee remains $20 and you can join or renew your membership by either:
- sending cash or cheque to Woodend Landcare, PO Box 297, Woodend 3442; or
- paying $20 electronically (include your name in the transaction). Account details: Woodend Landcare, Westpac Bank, BSB 033-674, Acct 982435.
Our monthly Working Bees are set to resume in August. Below is a snippet of our calendar for the remainder of the year so you can note the dates in your diary.
A reminder that Working Bees will be cancelled on days of Total Fire Ban without further notification.
Thursday Crew working bees are held on Thursday morning at 9 am (when weather and restrictions allow). Contact Dave Bower on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the Thursday crew mailing list.
Plants and Animals of the Wombat Forest | Online event, 2-4pm, Sunday 8 August
Join the Macedon Ranges Field Naturalists to learn more about the plants and animals of the Wombat Forest. Gayle Osborne and Trevor Speirs from Wombat Forestcare will describe the special species such as the Powerful Owl, Greater Glider, Brush-tailed Phascogale and important flora as well as efforts underway to protect and document them.
Powerful owls spotted locally!
A Woodend resident recently found a Powerful Owl along Black Forest Drive. This exciting discovery had us thinking about how we can help protect this beautiful but threatened species in our area. Click here to listen to local nature writer Tanya Loos explain how choosing a better rodenticide will give the species a much better chance.
Have your say – Macedon Ranges Shire Rural Land Use Strategy
The draft Rural Land Use Strategy seeks to update the policy direction for rural land in the Macedon Ranges Shire. The strategy is currently open for feedback. Click here to find out more.
More great Landcare News
Wombat Forestcare – July 2021 Newsletter – includes a article on the recently announced Wombat-Lerderderg National Park and impacts from the big storm.