Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016

It might be wet in a lot of areas but it is time to think about your fire planning……………….

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, on 31 August 2016, released the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016.

The outlook shows an above normal bushfire potential across North, North West and Western Victoria. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, uses the latest climate data and input from Australia’s fire services to compile the outlook.  Continue reading

Where is my newsletter?

Have you changed your mailing address and forgotten to tell us? If you are an owner of a  Land for Wildlife property in Victoria and are not receiving the occasional newsletter, then sign up and register to receive it by email. You can update your contact details at the same time.

To contact a Land  for Wildlife officer here is the link. If you don’t belong to the scheme then you may also register for the newsletter. Don’t forget that back copies of the newsletters are on this site and the notes are on the SWIFFT website.

19th Wimmera Biodiversity Seminar

wimmeraSpeakers include:
Rebecca Sullivan – native foods advocate, foodie and media personality – on developing her own range of native food products – Warndu.
Richard McTurnin – Indigenous use of fire, with particular emphasis on Victoria
Sam Julparulla Wickman – The cultural aspects of fire in Aboriginal Society
Uncle Ron Marks – Nyupun education program for local indigenous children
Maurizio Campanelli – local indigenous archaeology demonstrating cooking with clay balls
Bush Heritage Australia
Tracey Rigney – local indigenous film maker
John Newton – our evening speaker and author of ‘The oldest food on Earth’
Tour of Pink Lake – from a cultural and ecological perspective

Tickets are on sale now and selling fast! Register online @

Is it a mouse?



If you live near a patch of bush you may be in an area that has antechinus. These are small native animals that initially look similar to the house mouse and sometimes come into homes or sheds. Before you get out the mouse trap make sure that you really do have mice and not antechinus. Here is a link to an article about antechinus and to a factsheet.

Frogs are calling

When you go for a walk near your dam or a waterway do you hear Grrruh-uh-uh-urk. Grrruh-uh-uh-urk. Grrruuuur or crick, crick, crik, crik, crick or some other sounds? All the extra water has frogs are calling to their mates  and since we don’t often get to see them, it is useful to know what sounds our Victorian frogs make. Here is a link to a brochure by Melbourne Water that tells you a bit more about local frogs.