Cup moth larvae are still munching their way through the leaves of eucalypts in many areas from Daylesford to Enfield and beyond. You may like to read a bit more about them at this site. Be careful if you handle them as the small hairs break and may cause irritation.
All too often the news is all bad when it comes to threatened species and habitat loss. You may like to read about some interesting species and the ways some people are making a difference at this link.
Small birds in a garden give us something to watch as they are constantly flying about catching insects, looking for seeds and generally being busy. Have a look at this fact sheet to see if there is anything else you may be able do to attract more.
The Field Naturalists’ Club of Ballarat extends a cordial invitation to attend their annual Stella Bedggood Memorial Lecture to be held on Friday November 1st 2013.
The guest speaker will be John Arnott, Manager of Horticulture at Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne and his talk is entitled “Where Horticulture Meets Ecology”.
The Lecture commences at 8pm and will be held in the Primary Industries Training Centre, corner Gillies & Gregory Streets, Ballarat.
Admission is free and supper will be provided. RSVP October 28th 2013 by email to Carol Hall, Secretary, Field Naturalists’ Club of Ballarat at email@example.com
The local Australian Plants Society in Ballarat are hosting their popular flower show on the weekend of 19/20 October. It will be at the Robert Clark Centre in the Ballarat Botanic Gardens near the Conservatory. It is a great opportunity to see what grows locally, indigenous and native and there will be plenty of information, books and plants for sale. It is open to all with a small entry fee between 10am – 4pm.
There are lots of orchids flowering in the local bush and some starting to appear in the grasslands as well. Orchids are special as they seem to be so fleeting, briefly flowering then gone. Continue reading
There has been a fair bit of coverage about the Leadbeater’s Possum, Victoria’s faunal emblem lately. The 2009 fires had a big impact on their habitat and many people are worried that we may lose this special animal. A Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group has been established and met for the first time in June 2013. Continue reading