Using sensor cameras to detect what is in a reserve, forest or on private land is leading the way on some projects. Here is a link to a short video on how the Arthur Rylah institute is using the cameras link
If you missed out on the last State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams’ talk on moths and butterflies, here is the link to latest research and news from Dr Ross Field, Steve Williams and Julie Whitfield.
It was great to see so many people out planting on the weekend. Some areas had lovely warm sunshine and others had bursts of hail, sleet and constant wind. Thanks to all those who persevered and made sure thousands of plants went into the ground.
Having participated in a few planting events recently it has been interesting to see different methods used. Some of the tips I picked up include:
- make sure you do the weed control, either a couple of applications of herbicide or physical removal of the weeds by chipping them out. This really pays off in the long run.
- don’t cut back on the preparation, if it is possible to deep rip a site then rip it and plant adjacent to the rip line not in it.
- do some rabbit baiting and burrow ripping to remove the rabbits and remove harbour and add tree guards. Fence the site if you need to exclude stock.
- water the plants thoroughly the night before planting by immersing them in water until the bubbles stop coming out of the pots.
- mix up the plants in the trays before you start if you want to get a better spread of plant varieties.
- loosen the plants in tubes so they pull out easily and are not damaged and ensure they are weed free.
Check the SWIFFT website for your closest video conference venue. In Ballarat, Colac and Geelong it is the at the State Public Offices.