Yellow Gum Festival & Woodland Recovery Project

Friends of Bannockburn Bush and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA)  hosted the 15th festival at the Bannockburn Recreation Reserve 2 km west of Bannockburn on the Teesdale Rd.

The contrast of Yellow Gums trunks with sword-sedge

This annual Festival celebrates the flowering of the local Melbourne Yellow Gum Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp connata, which is an important source of food and shelter for many resident and migratory birds and mammals. Trevor Pescott gave a great presentation about the mammals that would have lived in the area and those that remain. He has been doing some surveys with Elliot Traps and cameras.  Chris Pitfield launched the CCMA’s Woodland Recovery Project. This project aims to establish a habitat corridor between the Inverleigh Flora and Fauna Reserve and the Bannockburn Bush Reserve. The two reserves are the only remaining patches of remnant bush in the area.

This is the link to the Biodiversity Planning Guide http://www.ccma.vic.gov.au/admin/file/content2/c7/Project%20brochure%20FINAL%20smaller%20file_1343106814985.pdf

The two guided bush walks highlighted the values and management challenges of the reserve.

Walking through the Bannockburn Bushland Reserve

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