Woodend Landcare – November News

Final working bee of the year – Sunday 24 November

Our next Sunday working bee will be held on the 24th of November with an earlier than normal start at 8.30 am. The plan is to finish early and have an end of year morning tea at about 11 am.

The location is Ruby Mackenzie Park at the end of Anne Road. Parking is at the end of Anne Rd or in Tennyson St. Look for the working bee sign and the blue works trailer. This is an area where Woodend Landcare has done some recent plantings and it is time to get rid of some emerging blackberries and whipper-snip grass around our young plants.

Please wear sturdy footwear, full length protective clothing and bring along eye protection, gloves and secateurs if you have them. Morning tea is provided and newcomers are welcome. Contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com for further information.

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Our final Sunday session of the year is just as much about morning tea than working bee – its a important thanks for the huge effort of all our volunteers throughout the year. 

Biolink Walk in Ashbourne – Saturday 16th November

As part of the Áshbourne Landcare’s Biolinks project, they have contracted an ecologist, Damien Cook, to lead a walk on three properties on the afternoon of Saturday 16th November, to see examples of a variety of biolinks, look at plants, and have any questions answered.  They will meet at the first property at 2 pm, and finish with afternoon tea at the third property.  Details of the properties will be provided before the event to those who have responded.

Wear clothing (including a hat) and footwear appropriate for the weather and terrain and be aware that there may be snakes about.  Interested? Please RSVP to Ian Temby at iantemby@hotmail.com if you can come and for further details.

bush blockBuilding on a Bush Block

7.30 pm | 14 November | Woodend Neighbourhood House

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is hosting an informative evening where you can learn about building in a forest environment, Council’s planning requirements and approaches to sustainable building design.

CLICK HERE for more info and to book.

 

 

Woodend Landcare – October News

Working Bee – 27 October

Our next Sunday working bee will be held on the 27th of October from 9am till 12pm. The location is the Envirofund paddocks on the South bank of the creek. Parking is at the end of Wood St near the gymnasium. Look for the working bee sign and the blue works trailer. This is the area where Woodend Landcare has done the most rehabilitation work in the past and it is time for a maintenance visit.

Tasks include woody weed removal of gorse, broom, blackberries and some oak seedlings. Some plant guard maintenance is required and some checking of the ornamental trees planted by us some years ago so plenty of work for everyone. Wear sturdy footwear, full length protective clothing, eye protection, gloves and bring along secateurs. Morning tea is provided and newcomers are welcome. Contact woodendlandcare@gmail.com for further information.

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Some interesting local events:

Macedon Ranges Bird Blitz – Saturday 19 October

As part of Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s biodiversity monitoring program, you can take part in a shire-wide survey of more than 80 sites to learn more about local bird communities.

Great Aussie Bird Count – 21-27 October

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard no matter where your backyard happens to be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

You can count as many times as you like over the week, we just ask that each count is completed over a 20-minute period. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live.

Birding Apps – Thursday 24 October, Woodend Library

Learn about some great apps for bird watchers, and how you can contribute to the Great Aussie Bird Count using your smartphone or tablet. A Woodend Library event.

Gorse Control Workshop – Saturday 26 October, Bald Hill

This workshop will provide information on best practice treatment of this state-listed noxious weed. A walk through Bald Hill Bushland Reserve near Kyneton will highlight some success stories. A Macedon Ranges Shire Council event.

Building on a Bush Block– Thursday 14 November, Woodend

Learn about building in a forest environment, Council’s planning requirements and approaches to sustainable building design. A Macedon Ranges Shire Council event.

 

Woodend Landcare September News

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Love platypus?

On Tuesday the 24th September, Upper Campaspe Landcare Network is holding their second platypus eDNA sampling event. They will be working with citizen scientists contributing to important data collection for this iconic species. For more information and to register please email Michael Nott at president@uppercampaspelandcare.org.au

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Don’t Forget! September is Biodiversity Month…

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.
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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More great local Landcare news and events: 

North Central CMA Chat – September 2019

Newham Landcare Newsletter – Winter 2019

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