Walk down the Bassett Creek Saturday 14th September

Hi all, we have the walk down the Bassett Creek tomorrow morning, to check out our planting from last year. It’s a lovely walk past 300 year old Redgums that are nestled amongst a young Landcare forest, to emerge into our new Landcare planting. Meet at the end of Lyndham Road at 10am.

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Dates for your diary

Dear Landcarers, here are our upcoming events for the rest of the year:

Saturday 14th September 2019, 10am-11am. Meet at the end of Lyndham Road for a short walk up the Bassett Creek to see our plantings from last year. It’s been one year since our Bassett Creek Stage 2 project planting (funded by the NCCMA) and we will take some photos and review the work.

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October, 10am-3pm. Mucklefest (our local festival) at the Muckleford train station. We will have lots of information guides, as well as books for sale. We will also be selling plants from Newstead Natives and some of the proceeds of these plants are donated to Muckleford Landcare. So come down and support your local Landcare group and have a chat and a cup of tea.

Saturday 12th October, 10am-12noon. Landcare planting day. We will be having a small planting day on a local landholder’s property and giving away free plants! If you put 20 plants in the ground, you can take 20 plants home (all native, and mostly shrubs and ground covers). Stay for a BBQ (vegetarian available) and a chat. Look forward to seeing you there. Plenty of plants will be available so don’t feel shy, come and get your freebies!

Sunday 10th November, 11am. Muckleford Landcare annual bike ride! The best activity of our Landcare year is the bike ride to Maldon (lunch at the Kangaroo Hotel) and return to the Muckleford station. Get your bikes ready to go, all ages and abilities welcome, including other Landcare groups.

All questions to Beth, Secretary, Muckleford Landcare via email (click here) and new members are welcome to fill out a Membership Form here – MCLG-Membership-Form-2019.

Landscape in Transition Workshop this Saturday

Join Muckleford Landcare at 10am on Saturday 24th August to explore a property that demonstrates techniques to transition a landscape via planting and water management. You will see:

-How dams can be functional water sources, habitats and aesthetic features that sit within the landscape.
-How the efficacy of different planting techniques are dependent on the landscape.
-How direct seeding of native seed can be used at a larger scale to kick start the transition.

10am-11.30am, Saturday 24th August 2019, 88 Symes Rd, Muckleford South. Please RSVP to Beth Mellick on 0431219980 or email me here to respond.

Renewables workshop here tomorrow

Do you have ideas about transitioning the Loddon Mallee region to a new energy future? Then come to the Loddon Mallee Renewable Energy workshop tomorrow.

Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance is developing the Loddon Mallee Renewable Energy Roadmap. It will give the community a voice in how they would like the new energy transition to take place.

The Castlemaine community workshop is happening tomorrow Thursday 08 August at the Castlemaine Senior Citizens Centre at 2pm and 6pm.

The Regional Renewable Roadmap consultation sessions will travel through the region. Check out the dates, register and come along.

If you can’t make it to the workshop, no worries!  Go online athttp://www.cvga.org.au/roadmap.html and complete the online survey.

There’s a lot more to renewable energy than solar on rooftops.

Landscapes in Transition Property Visit


Join Muckleford Landcare at 10am on the 24th August to explore a property that demonstrates techniques to transition a landscape via planting and water management. You will see:

-How dams can be functional water sources, habitats and aesthetic features that sit within the landscape.
-How the efficacy of different planting techniques are dependent on the landscape.
-How direct seeding of native seed can be used at a larger scale to kick start the transition.

10am-11.30am, Saturday 24th August 2019, 88 Symes Rd, Muckleford South. Please RSVP to Beth Mellick on 0431219980 or email me here to respond.

Results of Nest Box Monitoring Walmer Conservation Reserve

Thank you to everyone who came to the nest box monitoring activity on Sunday 19th May 2019 at the Walmer Conservation Reserve. And a big thank you to Blair from City of Greater Bendigo who lent us the pole and camera equipment, which I found incredibly useful and definitely beats the ‘going up the ladder’ approach. Miles Geldard led the activity and is going to be doing some follow up repairs in the Reserve.

We surveyed for two hours in the morning, but then Nev, Dave, Beth and Theo went back in the afternoon and did another two hours to finish it off. There are around 90 boxes on the reserve and we are currently working on putting in GPS points for each box as well as a new labelling system. Some boxes are for Bats, Pardalotes and Kookaburras, but we only surveyed the larger mammal boxes.

The results are as follows:  We checked 74 boxes in total. We found 28 animals – 5 Brush-tailed Possums, 4 Brush-tailed Phascogales, and 19 Sugar Gliders. There was evidence of recent phascogale nesting in 14 boxes. Three boxes had bees. This data will be submitted into the Atlas of Living Australia.

Blair on the pole camera with various people monitoring through screens and iPods
The monitors allow everyone to see what’s nesting in the box

 

Young Dale and his mum Linda. Dale was doing his Landcare badge for Scouts