Woodend Landcare News: AGM, Black Gums, and Orange-Bellied Parrots!

AGM: Black Gums back in the spotlight

1:30pm | Saturday 21 July 2018 | Woodend Neighbourhood House

Most of us in Woodend are well aware that we have a very special threatened species in our midst. Black Gum (Eucalyptus aggregata) is listed as threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Some stunning specimens can been seen if you take a walk along Five Mile Creek in town. In Victoria, the species only occurs in a 4 km radius of Woodend in cool and moist riparian areas. Not surprisingly, its limited geographic range makes it highly vulnerable to further loss. Hence the protection of Black Gums has been a major goal for Woodend Landcare for many years.

More recently Black Gums have also caught the attention of new environmental organisation, the Threatened Species Conservancy. Lucky for us, Black Gum conservation will be one of the organisation’s first projects. On Saturday 21 July, founder and ecologist Anna Murphy will be the guest speaker at Woodend Landcare’s AGM. Anna will talk about what ‘threatened species’ actually means and how their organisation hopes to make a difference. She will also tell us more about their new Black Gum project and how to get involved.

More information about Black Gums is available HERE. The brief AGM will be held at the Woodend Neighbourhood House at 1.30 pm, Anna will speak at 2 pm and a tasty afternoon tea will follow. All welcome.

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AGM: Renew your membership

Woodend Landcare always welcomes new volunteers and members. Most importantly,  membership ensures you are covered by insurance at our Working Bees and Thursday Crew mornings. It also helps to show support for our group in funding submissions and the like.

Our annual membership fee is $20 and you can renew your membership by either:

  • paying by cash at the AGM,
  • sending cash or cheque to Woodend Landcare, PO Box 297, Woodend 3442, or
  • paying $20 electronically (be sure to include your name in the transaction).
    Account details: Woodend Landcare, Westpac Bank, BSB 033-674, Acct 982435.

Are you a new member? Please CLICK HERE to download and fill in a membership form.

If you would like more information or if you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Kate Daniel on woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

FILM: The Desperate Plight of the Orange-Bellied Parrot

Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group – Movies that Matter film screening
7.30pm (doors open from 7pm) | Friday 27 July | Norma Richardson Hall Woodend

This is a film for local naturalists and land-carers… It tells the story of the Orange-bellied Parrot, the most endangered parrot in the world. These parrots breed over the summer in South West Tasmania and then cross Bass Strait to spend the winter on the mainland coast. With less than 30 living in the wild, this timely documentary explores efforts to save this species from extinction. Aspects of the parrots’ behaviour are shown on film for the first time and scientists working on the recovery efforts are interviewed. What is the future for this beautiful bird? Film makers – David Neilson and Karen Alexander – will join us in Woodend for the screening and a Q & A.

Movies that Matter is the quarterly film program of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group. Films are selected to provide a mix of enlightening, thought-provoking, educating, motivating and inspiring stories about our planet, the threats it faces and the people working to implement sustainable solutions. For more information, contact Anita via email: anitafoerster75@gmail.com.

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A Walk in the Forest

Woodend local, Mark Amble, keeps an informative nature blog of his local observations and experiences. He recently took part in a Upper Campaspe Landcare Networks “Spotlight on Species” evening. CLICK HERE to read Mark’s delightful reflection of his multiple Greater Glider sightings.

For more information about Spotlight on Species, or to find out when the next spotlighting tour in on, CLICK HERE.

Links to more Landcare News

Wombat Forestcare Newsletter (44) June 2018

North Central Chat – July 2018

Spotlight on Species IN WOODEND TONIGHT!

Spotlight on Species is a joint project between UCLN and the Macedon Shire Council to conduct Citizen Science surveys looking for three threatened species in this area.The data collected as a result of the surveys will be added to the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas to help protect these species and their habitat.

A spotlight event is on TONIGHT in the pine plantation near Woodend – 7pm, Saturday 26 May. If you would like to come, book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/macedon-pine-plantation-spotlight-survey-tickets-45228521726

This is a fantastic experience being out in the bush with an experienced Threatened Species Officer who is good at spotting greater gliders and other creatures!

If you would like to know more about this project or find more evening spotlight tours you can join, go to http://www.uppercampaspelandcare.org.au/about-us/spotlight-on-species/

Join Threatened Species Officer Brad Blake on a spotlight survey looking for Phascogales, Greater Gliders, Powerful Owls and other creatures of the night. Pic Scheltema.

Woodend Landcare – May 2018 News

Working Bee: Sunday 27 May

Our last working bee of the season will be at Slatey Creek Blackgum Reserve in Ashbourne Rd on Sunday May 27th from 9am till 12pm. This is a pleasant area to work in and will provide a welcome break from the hard slog of the past three working bees.

There are numerous smaller gorse, blackberries and hawthorns to cut and poison, plant guards to attend to, and rubbish to pick up – so plenty of work for all. Wear suitable sturdy clothing, footwear, gloves and eye protection. Secateurs and loppers will be useful. Morning tea is provided. Parking is on the “No Through Rd” which accessible at the north end of the reserve and is 1.4 km along Ashbourne Rd from the High St traffic lights. Look for the blue Landcare trailer.

Newcomers and newer members are welcome to come and help with the important annual maintenance at this reserve. Throughout the remainder of the year local residents maintain the area. Contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com for further information.

Please note the Sunday working bees will resume on August 26th (location yet to be decided).

Slatey Creek Reserve contains some of the best Black Gums in Woodend. 

Ecological Burn at Woodend Grassland Reserve

On the 17th of May, Macedon Ranges Shire undertook the first ecological burn at the Woodend Grassland Reserve since 2012. This is great news for the reserve, known by many ecologists as one of the best remnant grassland sites in the region.  Regular ecological burning is an important management tool for grassland environments. Click here for more info on the reserve. Below are a few pictures of the burn which was professionally executed by environmental contractors Indig-We-Do (who have also done a lot of the weed control along Five Mile Creek over the past few years).

In partnership with the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network and Macedon Ranges Shire, Woodend Landcare recently commissioned ecologist Paul Foreman to provide an Rapid Flora and Vegetation Assessment of the grassland. The report provides a brief description of the flora and vegetation present (including a condition map) and, importantly, makes brief recommendations on future management objectives and strategies for the reserve. CLICK HERE to view this report. 

More landcare news…

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network News – April 2018

North Central CMA Chat – May 2018

April Landcare News: Vale Jo Clancy and special working bee this Sunday

Vale Jo Clancy

We were all saddened to learn of the death of dear friend and bold, unconventional woman Jo Clancy last Sunday. Jo was passionate about many things: animal welfare, the environment, politics, feminism.  Whip smart, funny and fiercely independent, Jo gave so much to Landcare and the broader Woodend community.
Jo was a Landcare stalwart for over a decade: secretary, president and latterly head chief of the catering crew. She was a tireless volunteer and committee member within our group and was incredibly proud of the work we do. She loved being hands-on in Landcare, supporting countless restoration and revegetation projects, with a particular love of Five Mile Creek and native wildflowers. Jo had masses of integrity and was a fierce defender in so many ways. She will be deeply missed by all of us.
At our working bee this Sunday (22 April) we will host a special morning tea in Jo’s honour – please do join us.

Jo (on left) with Trevor Barker and Mini the dog visit the planting site for Trees for Mum at Five Mile Creek Reserve in Woodend.

Sunday Working Bee: 22 April 2018

Our next Sunday working bee is on the 22nd of April from 9 am till 12 pm. Briefing is very soon after 9 am. We will be continuing on downstream from the previous two working bees removing willows and other woody weeds. There are also cut off hawthorns that need to put into piles. This time we will start in Five Mile Creek Reserve with parking in the Southern end of Tennyson St. Look for the blue trailer near the bike track. Please note this is in a different location from what is on the 2018 calendar.
 
Useful tools and protective gear would include loppers, secateurs, pruning saw, gloves, sturdy boots or gumboots, safety glasses and long sleeved clothing and pants. Once again the area is rough with better access near the edges. A good turnout would see us nearly complete this section of the creek so we hope to see you there. Morning tea is provided. For further details and to register your interest, please email woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

Some happy snaps from our sunny March working bee:

Interesting local events 

Chemical Users Training

Do you want to learn the skills and confidence to safely and effectively use a range of herbicides, including some targeted herbicides for controlling specific weeds? Then you might be interested in doing a Chemical Users Training course. Please find below the link to the upcoming Chemical Users Course the CMA Landcare team are running with Bendigo Tafe, subsidising 20 places for Landcare members, making the course cost per person only $100.00 (usually $450.00!).

Kyneton Course: Monday, 30th April, Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd May

First in best dressed and payment is required upon sign up (link below):

https://landcarechemicaluserscourse.eventbrite.com.au/

Local environment news

Now you have got to the end of this newsletter, go make yourself a cuppa and click on the following links for more interesting local environment news:

Newham Landcare Newsletter – Summer 2018

Wombat Forestcare Newsletter – March 2018

Twilight Working Bee (2 Feb), 2018 calender, and local events

Twilight Working Bee

5 – 7.30 pm | Friday, 2 February 2017 | Woodend Children’s Park

Our 2018 working bees kick off on Friday the 2nd of February with our annual twilight bee followed by a BBQ at the Woodend Children’s Park. Tasks include planting site maintenance such as watering, weeding, plant guard and rubbish removal, whipper snipping, cutting and painting of oak seedlings, blackberries, privet and broom below the levee and some ornamental tree maintenance (i.e. check staking and watering).

  • Parking: plenty in shady Campaspe Park (north side of creek).
  • Bring: secateurs, gloves, whipper snippers. The landcare tool trailer will be onsite.
  • Eat: following the Working Bee, join us for a BBQ and drinks (all provided).
  • Very hot day: please note this event will be cancelled in the case of a Total Fire Ban or over 35°C.
  • RSVP: to Kate on 5427 2312 or woodendlandcare@gmail.com (this is super important for BBQ catering purposes).

This is what the planting site looked like a year ago – come and see how it has changed!

2018 Calender

Grab your fresh 2018 diaries, and then CLICK HERE to view our 2018 calendar  for all the dates of our working bees, committee meetings and other events for the year. Thursday Crew working bees are held every Thursday morning at different venues around Woodend during most of the year. Please contact Dave on 0405 910 176 for details and to get involved.

New helpers are always warmly welcomed at our monthly working bees and weekly Thursday crew sessions.

River Restoration Workshop

Citizen Science Forum

Filling in the Black Gum Gaps

Woodend Landcare has recently completed our $6650 Victorian Government Communities Volunteer Action Grant. This funding opportunity came at a important moment – Woodend Landcare had just overseen the removal of the majority of willow along Five Mile Creek from Romsey Rd to the Children’s Park in Woodend and we were ready to revegetate the sites with the endangered Black Gum and associated native understorey species.

Black Gum (Eucalypus aggregata) is endangered at a state level and is listed in the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1989. In 2015 it was also recommended for listing as ‘Vulnerable’ on the EPBC Act. In Victoria, the species only occurs in a 4 km radius of Woodend. Its limited geographic range makes it highly vulnerable further loss. Hence, the protection of the black gums is a major goal for Woodend Landcare. Our focus for action for this grant was along the Five Mile Creek where Black Gum remains as isolated trees.

Eight working bees and five planting days later, some 1000 new seedlings are now in place along the banks of Five Mile Creek and any regrowth of willow or blackberry has been treated. The Ruby Mckenzie Park sites saw us plant threatened Black Gum trees into an area previously covered by willow and other weeds. We also added essential understorey species to our previous planting s between Pyke and Bowen St. Just as importantly, some 257 participants attended these events to make it happen – not to mention all the behind the scenes work preparing for and promoting the planting days, organising contractors, and ordering plants and hardware. A mammoth effort by some very dedicated volunteers – estimated to at least an $23,130 in-kind contribution to the project.

To remove the majority of willows, many hawthorns, most of the blackberries and other woody weeds infestations from this part of the creek in three years is quite an achievement. It would have been impossible without the huge volunteer contribution and grant money to pay for the various contractors, materials and plants needed along the way. Our huge thanks goes out to everyone who has been involved in the project and to the Victorian Government for making these funding opportunities available.

David Gossip’s highlight of the project was Dave Bower finding his pocket knife still in good condition after being lost five or more years ago!

First working bee for 2018

Our 2018 series of working bees kicks off on Friday the 2nd of February with our traditional  twilight bee followed by a BBQ at the Children’s Park. Always a delightful evening – do join us! More details to come in the new year.

News from our neighbours: Newham Landcare

CLICK HERE to view Newham Landcare’s latest news. Features a great article about turning your dam into habitat, and another about climate change and biodiversity.

News from the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network

CLICK HERE to view the latest news from UCLN. Features:

  • CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT UNDERWAY FOR UCLN
  • KYNETON SECONDARY COLLEGE STUDENTS WIN RESOURCE SMART SCHOOLS AWARD
  • EAGLES MONITORED BY PIPERS CREEK LANDCARE
  • UCLN BIOLINK PROJECT UPDATE
  • THE WILDFLOWER WHISPERER AT NEWHAM HALL.
  • NEW VICTORIAN BIODIVERSITY ATLAS APP
  • JUVENILE BARKING OWL STEALS THE SHOW
  • CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEPBURN SHIRE COUNCIL BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY
  • SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION AT METCALFE
  • KYNETON SHOW
  • RABBIT UPDATE
  • EVENTS
  • GRANTS, NEWS AND RESOURCES

Last 2017 Working Bee and Other News….

Working Bee: Sunday the 26th of November

Our last Sunday working bee for this year will be at Ruby Mckenzie Park in Tennyson St from 9am till 12pm on the 26th of November. We will be concentrating on the maintenance of this Springs plantings in this area which will need watering, whipper snipping around and checking of the plant guards. There are also woody weeds like Hawthorn to deal with so plenty of work for everyone! Please wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves and boots as protective clothing and a sunhat and glasses if warm. The tool trailer will be on site and morning tea is provided. To RSVP and for further details  contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com or call 5427 2312.

Please note in your diaries the first working bee for 2018 will be a twilight bee followed by a BBQ at the Children’s Park on Friday 2nd of February.

Woodend Grassland Reserve in full bloom!

With funding received through the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network, we have the fantastic opportunity to have renowned grassland ecologist, Paul Foreman, undertake a new flora survey in the Woodend Grassland Reserve. On a recent visit to the site, Macedon Ranges Shire environment officer, William Terry, took some stunning photos of some of the wildflowers that are currently on display… Thanks for sharing William!

For more information about this important grassland reserve, CLICK HERE.

Newham Landcare November Activities

Upcoming events in the Newham ‘Landcare Dairy of Events’ look really interesting. For  further details CLICK HERE.

  • Sunday, 19th November: Wildflower Walk, 10am, Conglomerate Gully, Riddells Creek
  • Wednesday, 22nd November: Native Grassland reconstruction with Dr Paul
    Gibson-Roy at Newham Hall. 10am – 3pm, Newham Mechanics Institute.
  • Friday, 24th November: ‘‘What can we learn from listening to nature?’’ Andrew Skeoch will talk on birds and birdsong. 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, Newham Mechanics Institute.

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Click on the following links for more great local Landcare news…

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network September News 

North Central Chat- November 2017