Creating your own wildlife reserve

There is an interesting article in the latest issue of  Decision Point which discusses engaging with people in cities, to provide wildlife habitat on their block. link

There are similarities to the Land for Wildlife program where a face to face meeting between an assessor and a property owner, encourages landholders to protect habitat for wildlife on their property and to improve what exists. The Gardens for Wildlife program is running in the City of Knox and has been very popular.

The program is more than just planting natives, it actively encourages people to look at what they have in their gardens and remove environmental weeds, to plant indigenous species not just any native and to think about providing groups of prickly plants for nesting and retaining nesting trees and hollows. If large trees need to be removed then considering leaving the tree trunk and adding some nesting hollows.

The benefit of such programs is in involving more people in nature and an increased understanding of how our gardening impacts or benefits surrounding bushland and reserves.

Five features help collaborative wildlife gardening programs engage residents to manage their land to achieve landscape-focused conservation goals:

  1. on-site garden assessment
  2. indigenous community nursery
  3. communication hubs
  4. a framework that fosters experiential learning and community linkages
  5. endorsement of each garden’s potential conservation contribution

In the same July 2017 Decision Point is another article on the effect of removing certain weeds from urban bushland, especially if it means loss of shrubby habitat – to weed or not to weed.

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Look out for Phascogales

Phascogale photo by Bianca Fammartino

Recently Wombat Forestcare hosted a talk about Brush-tailed Phascogales, Phascogale tapoatafa tapoatafa, at Trentham. by La Trobe University student Jess Lawton. Jess is conducting research on this threatened arboreal mammal, which inhabits dry eucalypt forests and woodlands.

They are secretive animals but easy to identify due their small size and big brush like tail. Continue reading

Frequent prescribed burning in resprouting eucalypt forests: are we burning away the bush

The next topic at the Creswick Seminar Series is, Frequent prescribed burning in resprouting eucalypt forests: are we burning way the bush? presented by Dr Luke Collins Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, Latrobe University.

Friday the 30th of June 9:30-10:30 am
Stage 2 Lecture Theatre, Creswick Campus School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne, Water Street, Creswick. This is also available by webinar @ https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/915371147

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No Train to Catch

I am still on about fungi and these photos were taken near Wombat Station in the Wombat Forest. If you rug up and go for a walk at this time of year you should always see some fungi. They come in all shapes and sizes.  What we see is just the showy top or fruiting bodies and underneath there is a lot of work going on. The rest of the fungi is breaking down  organic matter and recycling nutrients. They are vital for healthy ecosystems. Some fungi are food for wallabies.