December Events

SONY DSCDon’t forget to RSVP for the native grass and flora identification walk on Sunday 4th December, 10am – 12 noon, with ecologist Paul Foreman.

Our Christmas drinks will be held on Friday 9th December, 5pm at The Hub garden in Castlemaine (behind the Good Table restaurant in Templeton Street). Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Native Grass and Plant ID Walk

paul-foremanJoin Muckleford Landcare on Sunday 4th December, 10am – 12 midday, for a native grass and plant identification walk with expert local ecologist, Paul Foreman. Paul will take us on a ramble through the bush, stopping to show people how to identify native and exotic grasses, as well as other flora species.

Meet on the corner of Dalton Road and the Muckleford-Castlemaine Road, which is just up past the bacon factory.

Please book your spot with Beth on 0431 219 980 or

This is the last of our workshops that were run as partrailing hop busht of our community education program, as funded by the North Central CMA.

Talking Fire

Maldon area; fire, ecology, people - can they all co-exist?
Maldon area; fire, ecology, people – can they all co-exist?

Muckleford Forest Friends Group is hosting a conference called Understanding Fire in our Landscape: A Community Conversation on 12-13 November 2016, in Newstead.

The Community Conversation is about fire in the Newstead-Maldon landscape: the history of fire, local ecology, fire risk and community-based approaches to better landscape planning and management to protect what we value.

During the weekend there will be talks, displays, biodiversity walks, visits to the sites of past fires, and a chance to record your memories of local fires. Supported by community and external experts, the weekend will be a chance to learn about more and share ideas across our local communities.

Click here to book
Click here for the draft Program


Mucklefest success

img_1851Terrific day down at the Muckleford train station for Mucklefest this year. We talked to 5 or 6 potential new Landcare members, as well as handed out a lot of information and guides. We still have a few Native Newstead plants left over, so let me know if any members would like some: sticky everylastings, grey everlastings, clustered everlastings, rock corea, austral storks bill, poa, spear grass, lemon beauty heads, matted bush pea. Text Beth on 0431 219 980 and you can pick them up from me either in town or at home.

Thanks to the NCCMA and Connecting Country for funding for the plants.

Woodland Bird Workshop this Saturday

bhhe2Connecting Country is holding a woodland bird workshop in Muckleford this Saturday. Tanya Loos is working with Geoff Park (Natural Newstead) to help people in this area:
 -Learn more about local birds, and how to help them thrive
- Meet with other conservation groups and landholders in the area
- Brainstorm session: project ideas for future funding
After lunch there will be a bird and habitat walk with Tanya and Geoff in the Muckleford Important Bird Area – some binoculars provided.

Saturday October 8, 2016
9:30am-12:30pm followed by local bird and habitat walk 12:45 – 2:30pm
Muckleford Hall, Walmer-Muckleford Road 

RSVP ( with any dietary requirements) by 3rd October to Tanya Loos on 03 5472 1594 or by email