November News – AGM, Working Bee and more

Working Bee and AGM – Sunday 22 November

After a long absence, our next Sunday working bee is set for 22 November from 9am until 12 pm. The working bee will be concentrating on weed control in the Pyke/Wood St paddocks, which are east of the Children’s Park and south of the creek. There will be a cap on numbers at 10 and a sign-in on arrival.

Our AGM will also be outdoors this year, held immediately after the working bee at 12:30. We do welcome new members on the committee. Please email us if you are interested. 

Morning tea and a sandwich lunch provided.

In order to keep COVID-safe we ask attendees to note:

  1. RSVP is essential to woodendlandcare@gmail.com so we can manage numbers for the day. There will be a cap at 10 adults – sorry, no children.
  2. Bring all of your own clearly identifiable gloves and tools to avoid sharing.
  3. Remember safe distancing while you work and during breaks. We will ensure that everyone is spread out during the morning’s activities.
  4. Soap, water and hand sanitiser will be available on site.
  5. If you are feeling unwell in anyway, please do not attend. 

Finally, please wear sturdy footwear, full-length protective clothing, gloves and eye protection. Also, don’t forget your hat and water bottle. 

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are super excited to be able to get out there again!

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Creating Pollinator Corridors in the Upper Campaspe

The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network has launched a project designed to establish new – and enhance existing – pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources for bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinating insects and wildlife through the Upper Campaspe Catchment. Our Landcare Facilitator, Rebekah Ritchie, explains… 

“While we do not have exact figures for the Upper Campapse (yet), Australia has around 2,000 native bee species, all of which are important pollinators. There are also a couple of thousand butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, thrip and ant species, some of which are documented pollinators, alongside birds, bats and some smaller mammals.

Worldwide 90 percent of flowering plant species depend at least partly on animal pollinators for reproduction. Pollinators are declining in both diversity and number – facing threats including habitat fragmentation, harmful chemicals, invasive species, and of course, climate change.”

What are Pollinator Corridors???

Pollinator Corridors are connecting patches of vegetation of various scale designed to help indigenous pollinators move through the landscape.  They are designed for native species—bees, insects, butterflies, moths, birds, and bats among others—that keep local ecosystems running.

Individual contributions to Pollinator Corridors can be as small as a potted plant or as large as a field! The scope is only limited by your space, time, and capability.

Useful videos to help you get started

During Pollinator Week, UCLN presented a series of useful videos on how to encourage pollinators to your property! Click on the links below to watch:

Dr Mark Hall, helps us to identify our insect pollinators – native bees, wasps and flies – and how to create “beescapes”.

UCLN President, John Walter teaches us how to site and record pollinator sightings!

UCLN Treasurer, Chris Gymer creates a pollinator watering station and a butterfly puddler!

UCLN Vice-President, Michael Nott builds a native bee hotel – or three!

UCLN Landcare Facilitator, Rebekah, makes a Bug Mug

For more info visit: www.uppercampaspelandcare.org.au

Lasioglossum sp. (Halictid bee) on Dillwynia cinerascens by John Walter

Quarry Road Wildflower Area     

Woodend is blessed with several excellent remnant areas where wildflowers can be enjoyed from about September to December, especially in wet years.

In 2016 we had a wet year and the wildflower display on a section of Victrack land adjacent to Quarry Road was fabulous. Ecologist Karl Just was asked to do a flora survey and recorded no less than 81 indigenous species and two threatened species. With a more detailed survey he predicted that many more species would be identified.

Click here to read Karl Just’s Quarry Rd report.

2020 has also been a wetter than average year and, as a result, the display has probably been even better than in 2016. The prime viewing times are sunny days during October and November, but there are plenty of flowers at other times during spring and early summer.

The only threats to this area are the proliferation of introduced weeds such as Broom and Gorse and sometimes some overzealous mowing by local residents which can decimate the flowers just as they are about to flower and set seed. Thankfully mowing is usually restricted to the narrow walking pad through the area, so does minimal harm.

Please enjoy the area, especially near the Washington Lane intersection if you get a chance. Try to avoid trampling the tiny plants. You can see most of the flowers from the footpad through the area. 

PS. The word on the street is that the Woodend Grasslands are also looking pretty spectacular at the moment.

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Cool Changes Woodend Region Climate Change Action Plan

Your feedback is invited on a community plan for local action on climate change, which has been developed over the past few months. The plan outlines actions to build on existing community activity for sustainability, under the themes:

  • Natural environment, water and biodiversity
  • Waste, recycling and the circular economy
  • Sustainable and secure transport
  • Secure, efficient and renewable energy
  • Food security and regenerative agriculture
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Better built environment

Importantly, all themes and actions are supported by the overarching principles of (getting) People on Board (to work towards) Zero Net Emissions.

Click here to view the plan and give your feedback

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NAIDOC Week in the Macedon Ranges

Watch the welcome to country and smoking ceremony as part of this year’s celebrations in the Macedon Ranges Shire. Jaara elder Uncle Rick Nelson of Dja Dja Wurrung explains some of the cultural foundations for this special ceremony at magnificent Hanging Rock.

Click here to watch the video

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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 Sunday the 20th 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 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

April Landcare News: Vale Jo Clancy and special working bee this Sunday

Vale Jo Clancy

We were all saddened to learn of the death of dear friend and bold, unconventional woman Jo Clancy last Sunday. Jo was passionate about many things: animal welfare, the environment, politics, feminism.  Whip smart, funny and fiercely independent, Jo gave so much to Landcare and the broader Woodend community.
Jo was a Landcare stalwart for over a decade: secretary, president and latterly head chief of the catering crew. She was a tireless volunteer and committee member within our group and was incredibly proud of the work we do. She loved being hands-on in Landcare, supporting countless restoration and revegetation projects, with a particular love of Five Mile Creek and native wildflowers. Jo had masses of integrity and was a fierce defender in so many ways. She will be deeply missed by all of us.
At our working bee this Sunday (22 April) we will host a special morning tea in Jo’s honour – please do join us.

Jo (on left) with Trevor Barker and Mini the dog visit the planting site for Trees for Mum at Five Mile Creek Reserve in Woodend.

Sunday Working Bee: 22 April 2018

Our next Sunday working bee is on the 22nd of April from 9 am till 12 pm. Briefing is very soon after 9 am. We will be continuing on downstream from the previous two working bees removing willows and other woody weeds. There are also cut off hawthorns that need to put into piles. This time we will start in Five Mile Creek Reserve with parking in the Southern end of Tennyson St. Look for the blue trailer near the bike track. Please note this is in a different location from what is on the 2018 calendar.
 
Useful tools and protective gear would include loppers, secateurs, pruning saw, gloves, sturdy boots or gumboots, safety glasses and long sleeved clothing and pants. Once again the area is rough with better access near the edges. A good turnout would see us nearly complete this section of the creek so we hope to see you there. Morning tea is provided. For further details and to register your interest, please email woodendlandcare@gmail.com.

Some happy snaps from our sunny March working bee:

Interesting local events 

Chemical Users Training

Do you want to learn the skills and confidence to safely and effectively use a range of herbicides, including some targeted herbicides for controlling specific weeds? Then you might be interested in doing a Chemical Users Training course. Please find below the link to the upcoming Chemical Users Course the CMA Landcare team are running with Bendigo Tafe, subsidising 20 places for Landcare members, making the course cost per person only $100.00 (usually $450.00!).

Kyneton Course: Monday, 30th April, Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd May

First in best dressed and payment is required upon sign up (link below):

https://landcarechemicaluserscourse.eventbrite.com.au/

Local environment news

Now you have got to the end of this newsletter, go make yourself a cuppa and click on the following links for more interesting local environment news:

Newham Landcare Newsletter – Summer 2018

Wombat Forestcare Newsletter – March 2018