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 @ http://wimmerabiodiversityseminar2016.eventbrite.com.au

Is it a mouse?

Antechinus

Antechinus

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.

Bandicoots, Biodiversity and Marketing

Here is a link to an article and video in the Beyond the Bale magazine, about a family of wool growers in Moyne Shire who produce top grade wool and also manage their property for the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot. For further information about the biolinks project they are involved go to the Basalt to Bay website.

Ballarat Winter Flower Show and plant sales

Do you look around your garden in winter and wonder what there is for the native animals to feed on? Many people feel the need to give birds a helping hand by providing seed. In many ways it is better to plant a wide range of native plants to fulfill the needs of the local fauna throughout the year. Providing a clean water source is probably better than putting out a seed tray.

If you do want to attract bird int to garden with food, then make it an occasional treat and make sure the food suits a range of species. If you decide to add some more plants then you may like to go to this flower show.

Australian Plants Society Ballarat Winter Flower Show and plant sales
10.30am – 3.30pm Saturday & Sunday 25 & 26 June 2016
Robert Clark Horticultural Centre Ballarat Botanic Gardens

A new initiative providing opportunity to showcase the variety of flora in member’s gardens in mid-winter. It is an extension of the ‘Shortest day Flowering list’ compiled in recent years. Entry fee includes a cup of hot tea or coffee.
Information: Ken Wright 03 5335 5370 <aps_ballarat@yahoo.com.au>