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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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

 

Nest Box Monitoring

Sunday 19th May 2019, 10am
Walmer Conservation Reserve
(Muckleford-Walmer Road)

Come and join us this Sunday to look for Brush-tailed Phascogales in the nest boxes at the reserve. We will live-stream boxes, and enter data into the Atlas of Living Australia. Queries to Beth on 0431 219 980.

Bassett Creek Planting Day

Thanks to all the volunteers of Muckleford Landcare that came out on a terribly cold and raining (and hailing) day to plant along the Bassett Creek, as part of our Bassett Creek Restoration Project Stage 2 as funded by NCCMA.

This planting, when grown, is going to connect up to plantings that were done on the creek ten years ago (also funded by NCCMA). This is part of the plan to improve the overall health of the Bassett. Thanks also to the landholders whose land we planted on, and who are also interested in improving habitat health in this area.

(Thanks to Albert Wright for the photos, and Eleanor for the cakes)

making the tree guards
1,000 plants in the ground

Bassett Creek Planting

Muckleford Landcare is having a planting day for our Bassett Creek Project on Saturday 15th September, starting at 10am. Hot lunch is provided. Enter via the Muckleford Bush Reserve on the Muckleford School Road. We’d love to see as many members as possible.

Please bring mattock for banging in stakes, gloves to protect your hands, as well wearing all the appropriate gear, bringing your own water etc etc. Phone or email Beth with any queries  on 0431219980.