Local environment events – April 2017

Fungi Workshop – 30 April

Friends of Bald Hill Reserve are having a Fungi Workshop with Alison Pouliot on 30 April 2017. CLICK HERE to view the flyer with all the information. It will be a wonderful session and we are looking forward to it, along with some rain to encourage the fungi. Numbers are limited to 20 so rsvp asap.

Environmental DNA Testing – 6 April

A very interesting talk on the use of environmental DNA testing of water ways as part of riparian protection works to be held in Drummond on 6th April, hosted by Malmsbury Landcare.

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Geology of Bald Hill Reserve – 27 May

A “Geology of Bald Hill Reserve” workshop with Phil Dyson is to be held on Saturday 27th May 2017. CLICK HERE for flyer with RSVP details.

Macedon Ranges Shire Environment Events

The shire have some interesting events coming up in April including land management workshops, a bird count in the Cobaws, and an evening about conservation covenants on bush blocks. CLICK HERE to check them out.

Prickly blitz: Sunday 26th March Working Bee

Join us for our once-a-year blitz at the 3ha ‘envirofund’ site on Five Mile Creek – just upstream of the children’s park*. Massive amounts of poplar were removed over a decade ago, with follow-up plantings of close to 4000 native plants and 21 exotic trees and the addition of granitic paths. Tasks for our March Working Bee include cutting and poisoning of gorse, blackberry and willow regrowth, plant guard removal and maintenance, whipper-snipping in plantings.
* Please note this a changed location from what is provided in our annual calendar.

  • When: Sunday 26 March 2017
  • Time: 9am till 12 noon
  • Where: Five Mile Creek between Pyke St to Bowen St
  • Parking: on site at Wood St – next to Badger Removals
  • Bring: secateurs, gloves, whipper-snippers, sun protection, gumboots for creek access, suitable protective work clothing.
  • Provided: Our tool trailer will be on site and morning tea is provided (please RSVP to help with catering).

Newcomers are very welcome. For further details and to RSVP contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com or call 5427 2312.

Once covered by poplars, this is the envirofund site today – a Woodend Landcare success story.

Woodend Landcare: January 2017 News

Twilight Working Bee – Children’s Park

  • When: Friday, 3 February 2017
  • Time: 5:00–7.30pm
  • Where: Children’s Park + Campaspe Park
  • Parking: plenty in shady Campaspe Park (north side of creek)
  • Bring: secateurs, gloves, whipper snippers
  • Eat: BBQ and drinks provided
  • Tasks: Spring planting maintenance including; watering, weeding, plant guard and rubbish removal, whipper snipping

Click here to download the working bee flyer. Please note this event will be cancelled if a Total Fire Ban or over 35°C. RSVP to Kate on 5427 2312 or katedaniel.home@bigpond.com.

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This happy crew thoroughly enjoyed last January’s twilight working bee – we hope to see you again this year! Photo: Sandy Scheltema.

Basic First Aid and Defibrillator Training

  • When:      Saturday 4 February 2017
  • Time:        9:30am–12pm
  • Where:    Woodend Neighbourhood House, Forest St
  • Wear:       comfortable clothes – kneeling required
  • Cost:         $10
  • What:        Basic first aid, CPR and defibrillator training

Click here to download the defib training flyer.  Places are limited; please RSVP to Kate on 5427 2312 or katedaniel.home@bigpond.com.

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Vegetation of Quarry Road

Quarry Road is one of the best areas for viewing wildflowers in Woodend. On the 14th of November 2016, ecologist Karl Just inspected the roadside and rail reserve on the north side of Quarry Road in Woodend. The aim was to document the type and condition of the vegetation. While a detailed plant survey was not undertaken, a preliminary list of vascular plant species observed was compiled.  The site contains at least two threatened species, including the endangered Eucalyptus aggregata (Black Gum) and the rare Geranium sp. 3 (Pale-flower Crane’s-bill). Last Spring the sheer number of local grassland species present was impressive. You can view Karl’s report by clicking here.

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Woodend Landcare 2017 Events Calendar

Click here to view, print or save our 2017 events calendar.

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network News

Click here to view the December 2016 Upper Campaspe Landcare Network Newsletter.

Woodend Landcare 2017 Calender

A huge Merry Christmas to all of our supporters! Here is the ultimate gift to help fill some details into your new diaries and calender’s – Woodend Landcare’s 2017 Events Calendar. Click on the following link to see what we have in store. Our first event for the year is a twilight working bee and BBQ on Friday the 3rd February 2017. More details to come in mid January. In the meantime, enjoy the summer break!

Woodend Landcare Calendar 2017

Woodend Landcare News: November 2016

Next working bee: Sunday 27th November, Woodend Children’s Park
Our final Sunday working bee for the year is on Sunday 27th of November from 9 am till 12 pm. Park in Campaspe Park or near the tennis court on the North side of the creek*. We will be attending to the plantings near the children’s park and there is also a pampas grass, some privet and some previously poisoned trees to remove. Bring suitable clothing, gloves, mozzie repellent and sun protection. The tool trailer will be onsite and morning tea is provided. Contact David on 5427 4117 for any inquiries and please RSVP to Jo on 5427 1909 for catering purposes.
*Please note this is a change of venue.
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Our 2014 planting site near the children’s site is looking amazing after our wet winter.

WEED BUSTERS !
With the warmer weather comes weeds,weeds,weeds. Want to know the latest methods to get rid of them? Then head along to Bald Hill Reserve and learn from the experts from Department of Agriculture and the Weed Officer from Macedon Ranges Shire Council. A contractor will be on hand demonstrating useful equipment.This workshop is for small or large landowners.See flyer below
WHEN: Saturday 3rd December 2016
WHERE: Gun Club,Bald Hill Reserve

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It’s been a spectacular spring. David Gossip took this photo of the wildflowers along Quarry Rd – how many species can you pick?