It’s been a dry summer, now that Autumn has rolled around it will be a relief to get some cooler weather and hopefully some rain. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times in the Macedon Ranges and a great time to get out in your own garden. Feel free to let us know what you’re up to in your garden in the comments section below!
Our next Sunday working bee on March 24th will be held at the Quarry Rd rail reserve to further enhance the wildflowers that appear along here each Spring. We will be working once again on the section which has the best biodiversity and need to remove the remaining broom and other woody weeds which are a threat to this site.
Wear sturdy footwear and full length protective clothing and bring gloves, eye protection, secateurs, loppers and maybe a kneeling pad. The Landcare trailer will be on site and morning tea is provided. A good turnout will get us close to finishing the tidy up of this important site, if you needed an incentive there will be hot cross buns for morning tea! Park in Washington Lane and carefully cross Quarry Rd to access the works area. (We need to limit parking on the reserve to works vehicles only). A briefing will be held at 9am.
Would you like the chance to see a greater glider? The next spotlight walk coming up is 27th April in Spring Hill. Book here
Raising chickens! Ever longed for the joy of fresh eggs and great fertiliser?! Join Piper’s Creek Landcare for a workshop on small-scale, backyard chicken-raising. Kyneton District Poultry Club will provide specialist assistance. A range of actual chickens will be there too!!
$5 entry or $10 per family (including a copy of The Chook Book manual)
Sunday 24 March 11.30 am 2019
Sausage sizzle at noon
More info email@example.com or 0448 401 372 rsvp by 20th March
Our first Sunday working bee for the year will be on the 24th of February from 9am till 12pm at Ruby Mckenzie Park in Tennyson St. We’ve had three very successful working bees in a row around the same time last year in this area so we need to do some follow up weeding and tidying to keep this section of the creek in good order. The first task is some blackberries need treating at the Romsey Road end of the track and in the weir. Our second task is to check the creek for small re-emerging willows from Romsey Road downstream to Ruby Mckenzie Park and beyond to the new concrete bridge if possible. Some Hawthorns also need treating near the park. There is plenty of work so a good turnout would be greatly appreciated! We’ll have a delicious morning tea for all the hard workers who come along too!
Remember to wear suitable full cover protective clothing, gloves, sunglasses, hat and sturdy footwear. (gumboots will be useful for some of the weeds) Bring secateurs, loppers, pruning saws if you have them. The tool trailer will be at the assembly area in the park. We’ll have a briefing at 9am. Check out our latest calendar on the new Coles noticeboard or our website for upcoming events and working bees.
Lots of events coming up!
The next UCLN Spotlight night to look for threatened species in our area is near Lyonville, Springs Rd on the 23rd February. Bookings here
Become a Citizen Scientist for a day and help look for platypus
Batty about bats!
Would you like to meet fellow Landcarers and have drinks and nibbles at Hanging Rock (when it is usually closed to the public)? Why not come along to the Landcare Networking event on Saturday 2nd March at 6.00 pm. You can also learn about bats! Bookings essential
Other Landcare news
Our first working bee for 2019 will be a twilight bee on Friday 1st of February from 5pm until 7.30 pm followed by a sausage sizzle.
The work location is on the creek near the information centre and the pool. We will continue on downstream from where we left off the work at the very successful December Christmas breakup working bee. Woody weeds like willows, blackberries, poplars are the target. Wear sturdy clothing and work boots and bring gloves, eye protection, secateurs, pruning saws etc. The tool trailer will be onsite.
Parking is in the swimming pool/tennis court carpark or at the information centre carpark. Please note the working bee will be cancelled if a total fire ban is declared.
Newcomers welcome. Keep a look out for our upcoming calder of Sunday working bees for 2019. Hope to see you there!
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.
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
Woodend Landcare kids in action
Our christmas themed morning tea was enjoyed by all.
The creek banks were totally cleared by our hard working team
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
Last Working Bee for 2018: Five Mile Creek
Come and celebrate another successful year of Landcare volunteer work. Our last Sunday Working Bee for the year is on the 25th of November from 9am till 11.15am followed by an extended, Christmas themed, morning tea.
We will be working along the Five Mile Creek behind the Information Centre and Swimming Pool. There is a lot of woody weed control to undertake in this area.
Park in the pool/tennis court parking area. Our blue tool trailer will be onsite but please bring secateurs, loppers, gloves, long protective clothing, sun, eye and ear protection. Morning tea is provided but BYO drinks. Please help with catering and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had great attendance at our October bee. All the 2017 Spring plantings were brush cut around and lots of woody weeds controlled in the vicinity of Ruby Mckenzie Park. Thanks to all who came and lent a hand. New helpers are always welcome and hugely appreciated at our bees!
A huge thanks to all our volunteers in 2018 – the Thursday Crew, Catering Crew, Sunday Bee Attendees, and the Committee.
Reminder: Living with Fire and Biodiversity Talk
A reminder that this Wednesday (14 November) Owen Gooding from the CFA will discuss how to manage your property to reduce the risk of fire and to retain vegetation. The talk will commence at 7.30pm at the Woodend Neighbourhood House (47 Forest St, Woodend) and followed by a light supper. To assist with catering, please RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
Woodend Grassland Reserve post ecological burn
Now is a excellent time to visit the Woodend Grassland Reserve to see the wildflowers in full bloom post the Autumn ecological burns. Stuart Boardman who led the burns has sent through some fascinating photos. The section that was burnt in May is looking amazing and full of wildflowers (right). Its a great comparison to the non burnt adjacent grassland which had a almost identical grassland structure pre burn (left).
Post burn grassland
More great Landcare news
Newham and District Landcare – Spring 2018 Newsletter
Land For Wildlife – Spring 2018 Newsletter – Includes a useful article on nestboxes for wildlife.