Woodend Landcare August News: Quarry Rd Working Bee this Sunday!

August Working Bee: planting at Quarry Rd Rail Reserve

We will be planting 30 native shrubs and trees; cutting and painting emerging woody weeds – gorse, broom, blackberry – in one of Woodend’s premier wildflower locations. Morning tea provided. All welcome.

When: Sunday 25 August 2019
Time: 9:00am–12pm
Where: Quarry Rd Rail Reserve (near Washington Lane)
Park: Washington Lane (works vehicles only on reserve)
Bring: own gloves, secateurs; tool trailer on site
For further details and to RSVP contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com20190819_204916

Where have all the Greater Gliders gone?

Saturday, 31 August 2019 | 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM |Newham Mechanics Institute

Join the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network and Macedon Ranges Shire Council for a special talk to end the Spotlight on Species project. Hear from experts about why the once plentiful Greater Glider is in decline and what you can do to help.

Click here to book

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September is Biodiversity Month – help us celebrate nature!

September is always a busy time for Woodend Landcare. Help us celebrate and take care of our beautiful natural environment at one or more of the following local events…

Landcare in the Library – 2-7 September

Every year, the first full week in September is the time to recognise the efforts of the 100,000+ volunteers who dedicate their valuable time to care for our treasured land, water and native Aussie species. In Woodend, we celebrate Landcare Week in the library. This year our display has the theme, ‘Birds of Woodend’. You can learn to recognise some of the more common native birds found around Woodend and what you can do to encourage more native birds in your backyard.

On Wednesday 4 September (4-5pm), Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Woodend Library will also host a Biodiversity Show and Tell for junior naturalists (5-10 years). Click here to book or call 5421 9660.
National Threatened Species Day – Saturday 7 September

9-12pm: Woodend Landcare at the Farmers Market
Come and visit Woodend Landcare volunteers at our stall at the Farmers Market. Find out how you can get involved in Landcare or some tips on improving nature on your property.

2-3pm: All about Black Gums – tour of Browning Street Reserve
Tour one of Council’s newest bushland reserves, which contains nationally threatened Black Gums – right in the heart of Woodend. Learn how to identify a Black Gum and the important role they have in the local environment. Click here to book or call 5421 9660.

September Working Bee – 9am, Sunday 22 September

Our September Working Bee will be held at the Trees for Mum site next to and opposite the Woodend Children’s Park. We need lots of volunteers to help us tidy up the site including removing any oak regrowth in the planted native grasses. Tools and morning tea provided.

Launch of the Flora of the Macedon Ranges booklet – 2-3.30 pm, Sunday 29 September
 

Councils new bushwalkers guide to the flora of the Macedon Ranges is out. The launch includes drinks and a walk along Five Mile Creek using the new guide to identify plants. Meet at Lake Earnshaw, at the top of Jeffreys Street, Woodend. Click here to book or call 5421 9660. You can grab a copy of this excellent guide in the Woodend Library.

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Woodend Landcare December News

End of year Landcare celebration at Hanging Rock

Saturday 15th December 6pm

The council  is inviting members of Landcare and environment friends groups in the Macedon Ranges to a special event at Hanging Rock Reserve as a thank you for all your work during 2018.

On arrival, there will be a stand up dinner including finger food, sliders and a sparkling wine at Hanging Rock Café.  Afterwards, we will take a leisurely stroll to learn about why and how to trap bats from naturalist, John Harris.

Bookings:  mrsclandcare2018.eventbrite.com.au

November working bee

Our last working bee for the year was at Five Mile Creek, near the information centre. In the space fo a couple of short hours, we managed with the help of the kids to remove all the poplar saplings and some blackberries. We hope to return to this site next year to revegetate.

Working bees resume at the end of January, we’ll start the year off with a twilight evening event with sausage sizzle. More details to come soon

Update from the Flint Hill project

Stage One of the willow and blackberry removal is now complete. Krista and Peter recently visited the site with property manager, Phillip Holgate. The many willows infesting the creek have now been stem injected. Phillip has also removed many blackberries and hawthorn. In Autumn the Willows will be removed and native plants planted in Spring.

Coles Woodend Landcare noticeboard

We’ve secured a spot on the new Coles community noticeboard, look out here for notification of our working bees, other events and useful info.

Other Landcare news

Click for the December edition of the North Central chat for 2018

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

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More Landcare news…

Newham Landcare Winter Newsletter

North Central CMA July Landcare Chat

Woodend Landcare News – August 2018

Updated 2018 Calendar

Our 2018 calendar has been updated to bring us through to the end of the year.

Landcare calendar – August-December 2018

Our next working bee is on Sunday the 26th of August.  It will focus on the removal of oak seedlings and a general tidy up on the north side of Five Mile Creek near the East St easement. More details coming soon.

Grant Success: Flint Hill willow removal

We are pleased to share that we have been successful in obtaining a Victorian Landcare Grant to remove of woody weeds – particularly Willow, Hawthorn and Blackberry – from a very significant stand of remnant Black Gums on Five Mile Creek where it passes through Flint Hill, a private property in Woodend. These weeds are currently threatening the creek environment downstream and restricting regeneration of the Black Gums. We are looking forward to working with the landholders on this project.

Our AGM: Threatened Species, Annual report and New Committee

Our brief AGM held on the 21st of July saw our 2018-2019 Committee elected with two new members. Welcome Liana and welcome back Peter!

  • Kate Daniel (President)
  • David Gossip (Vice President)
  • Neil Thomson (Treasurer)
  • Linda Vale (Secretary)
  • David Bower (Thursday Crew)
  • Krista Patterson-Majoor
  • Doug Dalgleish
  • Nicole Middleton
  • Peter Yates
  • Liana Quach

Kate gave a quick summary of the our actions over the past year, which you can read about in our 2018 Annual Report.

Click here to view our Annual Report 2018

Anna Murphy from the Threatened Species Conservancy then gave a fantastic talk on the process of threatened species recovery using the Black Gum as an example. For those who missed the talk, here are Anna’s key steps to recover threatened species:

  1. Collect population data including historic and herbarium information. Undertake field surveys looking at area, extent, size and change.
  2. Identify current and potential habitat and identify threats. It is much easier to protect something before it is damaged.
  3. Manage threats to populations. Threatening processes include:
    • Land clearance – broadscale (grazing, cropping, urbanisation) or small scale (road maintenance, fire wood)
    • Modification of native vegetation
    • Altered fire regimes
    • Changes in land management
    • Timber harvesting
    • Changes to hydrology
    • Grazing by native and exotic herbivores
    • Pest plants and animals
    • Plant diseases (eg. cinnamon fungus)
    • Climate change – hard to predict but we know there will be more droughts, higher temperatures and less rainfall
    • Loss of genetic diversity – leading to inbreeding depression and poor plant health
    • Reduction of offspring
    • Genetic problems
  4. Legally protect populations (eg. specially protection zones, planning overlays, conservation covenants)
  5. Build community support for conservation
  6. Collect biological and ecological data
  7. Determine growth rates and viability of populations (through monitoring)

Spotlight on Species Dates

Speaking of threatened species, if you are interested in attending one of the Spotlighting Events that are part of the UCLN’s Spotlight on Species Project to look for Powerful Owls and Greater Gliders, please see dates below and book your place via the links provided. Data collected as a result of the surveys will be added to the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas to help protect these species and their habitat. More information, can be found at: http://www.uppercampaspelandcare.org.au/about-us/spotlight-on-species/

AGM Reminder and Other News

Invitation to our 2018 Annual General Meeting

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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.

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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.

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