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.

Gorse

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.

leaf litter

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.

Grow Wild At Home

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 – October 2018 News

Working Bee – Ruby McKenzie Park

9am-12pm | Sunday 28 October | Ruby McKenzie Park

Our October Sunday working bee is fast approaching on the 28th from 9 am till 12pm. We will base ourselves at Ruby McKenzie Park in Tennyson St and the aim is to attend to the Spring 2017 plantings. This will involve whipper snipping around individual plants, some plant guard maintenance and the removal of small hawthorns and other woody weeds in this area. This will continue the great work done in this area in late Summer and Autumn.

The tool trailer will be onsite but please bring secateurs, loppers, gloves, long protective clothing, sun, eye and ear protection. A couple of extra whipper snippers would be handy. Morning tea is provided. For more information contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

Talk – Living with Fire and Biodiversity

7.30pm | Wednesday 14 November | Woodend Neighbourhood House

As the weather warms many of us start thinking about preparing for the next fire season ahead. Unfortunately the things we love about living in the bush, become a source of fear and anxiety in the hot, dry months.

How do we protect ourselves from bushfire and still protect the plants and animals that make our area so special?

On Wednesday the 14th of November, Owen Gooding, CFA’s Vegetation Management Officer and a leading researcher on vegetation management and fire, will discuss how to manage your property to reduce the risk of fire and to retain vegetation.

Owen suggests that you can enhance biodiversity and manage fire risk at the same time by taking practical steps to understand your vegetation, minimise fire danger and maximise biodiversity. He will help us understand fire behaviour, introduce a system of thinking in management zones and explain how we can landscape for bushfire protection.

The talk will commence at 7.30pm at the Woodend Neighbourhood House (47 Forest St, Woodend) and will be followed by a light supper. To assist with catering, please RSVP by emailing woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Monday 22 October – Sunday 28 October | Somewhere in the outdoors near you!

Celebrate National Bird Week by taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count — you will be joining thousands of people from across the country who will be heading out into their backyards, local parks or favourite outdoor spaces to take part.

To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your favourite outdoor space (this doesn’t have to be your actual backyard), and some keen eyesight. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert — we will be there to help you out. Simply record the birds you know and look up those you don’t on the ‘Aussie Bird Count’ app or the Aussie Bird Count website. You’ll instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted in your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia!

Not only will you get to know your feathered neighbours, but you’ll be contributing to a vital pool of information from across the nation that will help us see how Australian birds are faring.

So get your friends and family together during National Bird Week, head into the great outdoors and start counting!

Report from our September Working Bee

Many thanks to all who came along to our September Working Bee along Five Mile Creek. It was a great turnout of 18 adults and many kids too.

As a result, we have cleaned out all the oak seedlings from beneath the canopy of the big oak tree and hopefully that area can be added to the councils mowing regime to keep new seedlings from growing again. It will be a good spot to pause during a walk along the creek track and maybe one day we should get a circular tree seat around the trunk. We also removed a number of iris clumps, gorse, and blackberry etc in adjacent areas.

About 400 metres downstream, near the Heron St levee, another group removed a large thicket of privet together with some hawthorn, elm and blackberries that co-habited with the privet. The privet was cut and painted but some will likely re-shoot and may need a spray at a future date to finish it off.

As usual, thanks to Chris, Linda, Susan and Liana for a great morning tea. If only we could get weather like this for all working bees.

Peter Yates

Landcare News from our Region

Click on the following links to read more interesting local Landcare news.

North Central Landcare Chat – October 2018

Wombat Forestcare – September 2018

26 August Working Bee and More!

North Bank Working Bee

Sunday 26 August | 9 am – 12 pm | East St easement

Our next Sunday morning working bee is this Sunday. The location is on the North bank of Five Mile Creek at the East St easement under the power lines. Look for the blue trailer.

Jobs include removal of oak seedlings under the large oak and woody weed removal in an adjoining planting. A nearby thicket of privet also needs removal. Wear warm clothing, sturdy boots and bring gloves, pruning saws, loppers etc.

The site is accessible on foot from Thomas Court or from Campaspe Drive. Vehicles will not be able to reach the actual site due to wet grass conditions.  Morning tea is provided. Newcomers welcome.

For further details contact Peter Yates on 54273221 or 0407339856.

Landcare in the Library

1-10 September | Woodend Library

To celebrate Landcare Week, Woodend Landcare will set up our annual display in the library with the theme “simple actions make a big difference for our native plants and animals“. Please drop by for ideas and inspiration.

Free Movie: The Lorax

8 September | 2pm | Woodend Community Centre

Celebrate National Threatened Species Day with this exciting movie screening organised by the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group and Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

The 7th of September is National Threatened Species Day, and in acknowledgement of the need to protect our flora and fauna, MRSG’s “Movies That Matter” Action Group has partnered with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council to host a matinee screening of the timeless tale of “The Lorax.”

Come along to the Woodend Community Centre on Saturday 8 September at 2pm to see the animated version of the classic Dr Suess book.

This is a family-friendly event for kids to become engaged with our environment in a fun way. BYO beanbags / cushions / rugs (chairs provided). Free Entry – and free popcorn! Light refreshments also provided.

Contact Anita for more info – anitafoerster75@gmail.com

the lorax

More Landcare news…

Newham Landcare Winter Newsletter

North Central CMA July Landcare Chat

AGM Reminder and Other News

Invitation to our 2018 Annual General Meeting

2018 agm flyer

Our AGM will be held this Saturday (21 July) at 1.30 pm at the Woodend Neighborhood House. There will be a brief formal meeting, to present the Annual Report and hold elections, followed by guest speaker Anna Murphy who will be discussing threatened species recovery. Afternoon tea to follow.

Also a reminder to all members that membership fees were due on 30 June, unchanged at $20 and payable on the day. For electronic banking: BSB 033-674, Acct 982435, Woodend Landcare Inc. Please include your full name.

Sugar Gliders found along Five Mile Creek

Woodend Landcare members Peter and Ann Yates recently invited William Terry from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council to install motion sensing cameras on their property that backs onto Five Mile Creek right in the heart of Woodend. Over many years, Peter and Ann have worked hard to restore the creekline of their property with locally native plants and have permanently protected the area with a Trust for Nature covenant.

The good news is that the revegetation  work and installation of nest boxes has paid off, with the discovery of a Sugar Glider on the property. This is solid evidence of the important habitat value of the indigenous vegetation along Five Mile Creek and a timely reminder to keep cats inside in the evening. You too can help Sugar Gliders to thrive in Woodend by planting a locally native garden. CLICK HERE to open Woodend Landcare’s recommended native plant list.

yates glider

Sugar Glider found at the Yates property along Five Mile Creek in Woodend

If you would like to find out what might be active on your property or take part in a local evening spotlight tour, check out the Spotlight in Species project being run by council and the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network. CLICK HERE to find out more.

More News:

Reminder: the film screening of the Desperate Plight of the Orange-Bellied Parrot is coming up on Friday the 27 July. 7pm at the Norma Richardson Hall, Woodend.

Upper Campaspe Landcare July Newsletter: CLICK HERE to read more local Landcare news and check out the great photos by our local Landcare facilitator, Sandy Schletma.