It was a beautiful sunny Autumn day in which we found ourselves checking the nest boxes on the Walmer South Nature Conservation Reserve. Six of us got the job done in just under three hours. We have a total of 89 boxes but only 77 are for mammals, including bats. The other boxes are for pardalotes and owlet nightjars which are not a part of our monitoring program.
The number of critters seen were down on last year, with a total of 25 – 4 x Brush-tailed Possums, 12 x Sugargliders, and 9 x bats. Although we didn’t see any Brush-tailed Phascogales, there were 7 fresh nests in the boxes giving us an indication of occupation this season.
Don’t forget to have your say about our local community and fill out the Mount Alexander Shire Council survey “Your community, your vision”. Let’s make sure that the local environment is a top priority in this shire.
Lovely morning for a quick walk around the Walmer Nature Reserve (Foggarty’s Gap Road end of the Muckleford-Walmer Road) this morning, Sunday 18th April, 10am. Interesting reserve, largely untouched by weeds, but will it yield any Autumn Greenhood Orchids? See you there.
Join Muckleford Catchment Landcare Group for a hunt for the Autumn Greenhood – Sunday 18th April 2021, 10am, at the Walmer Nature Conservation Reserve.
This reserve is on the Muckleford-Walmer Road, but is a different reserve to where our nest boxes reside, it’s further down the road, (NOT the Walmer South Nature Conservation Reserve). We’ll have some flags and signs out the front, but it’s at the Foggerty’s Gap Road end.
Nothing is provided, so just come along for a wander in the bush together so we can find some orchids.
We’ve been sent some samples from two companies selling restoration products. If you are going to do a big tree planting, here are some options for you to consider. Both have the biodegradable plant guards.
Well done Muckleford Landcare members and new friends who turned up on Clean Up Australia Day at the Muckleford Bushland Reserve on the Muckleford School Road. We ended up with a trailer load of barbed wire, and around 16 bags of rubbish and recycling. Let’s hope people stop dumping their rubbish on this site. Our next event is on Sunday 18th April, 10am to 11.30am when we go for a quick walk to look for Autumn Greenhoods. Details to follow.
Join us for Clean Up Australia Day on SUNDAY 7th MARCH, 10am to 1pm, at the Muckleford Bushland Reserve, Muckleford School Road, Muckleford. We will be holding an activity to clean up rubbish from the reserve and have some lunch together. Bring your own gloves but everything else will be provided, including lunch (at this stage, there are no restrictions for this event, but we are ‘at the ready’ for a cancellation, so maybe pencil in your diaries).