Where is the map?

track in Creswick Forest

track in Creswick Forest

After coming across someone who was on a cycle trip between Ballarat and Daylesford recently and who was without a proper map or a clear idea of the forest tracks, I would like to  highlight The Great Dividing Trail  site.

The Great Dividing Trail Association was established in 1992 by a small group of volunteers to develop and promote walking track linking the gold cities and townships of central Victoria. They also have a range of walking trail publications that may be downloaded or GPX files to add to your GPS device.  It is a lovely time of the year to get out into the forests.

Look after Lizards

Garden Skink

Garden Skink

A recent media release by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) highlights that some people think they can take lizards from the wild for sale or to keep as pets.

Collecting lizards from the wild is illegal but you are able to purchase captive-bred ones if you have a permit and the right conditions to keep them.

Some of us enjoy the lizards that appear naturally in our gardens, such as garden skinks and blue tongues. Planting a range of  native plants which attract insects and provide food and shelter, encourages them to stay. Avoid using snailbait so the snails are safe for lizards to eat.

 

Record your sightings of native flora and fauna

Large Duck-orchid, Caleana major

Large Duck-orchid, Caleana major

A lot of people enjoy finding a new plant or animal and often keep lists of what they see on their property or while out for walk in a reserve.  Where does this information end up? Is it useful if it is just in someone’s notebook?

On our property we  record sightings of different birds and animals that we see or hear. Last week we recorded our first  Grey Butcherbird, it had been calling for weeks but remained unidentified until we had binoculars and the bird in the right place. Continue reading

Avoid the Fried Possum

If you have a power pole at your place, check to see if it has a possum excluder and that it is in the right place. It is a circular plate/disk attached to the wire stay. The one on our pole had slid down out of place.

An unsuspecting ringtail possum jumped from the bushes and was able to climb up the stay wire. It met a sudden death when it reached the main wires and caused a short circuit. The electricity company re attached it when they came out on Boxing Day ( a big thank you for such prompt service)  but that only stayed in place a few days. We have now gone with plan B and will see how long that works.

Latest Land for Wildlife Newsletter

Land for Wildlife sign

Land for Wildlife sign

Are you a member of the Land For Wildlife program? Have you received the latest newsletter? This State government program has been running for 35 years, has over 5500 members in Victoria and supports landholders who voluntarily provide habitat on their properties for native  wildlife. Continue reading