Creating your own wildlife reserve

There is an interesting article in the latest issue of  Decision Point which discusses engaging with people in cities, to provide wildlife habitat on their block. link

There are similarities to the Land for Wildlife program where a face to face meeting between an assessor and a property owner, encourages landholders to protect habitat for wildlife on their property and to improve what exists. The Gardens for Wildlife program is running in the City of Knox and has been very popular.

The program is more than just planting natives, it actively encourages people to look at what they have in their gardens and remove environmental weeds, to plant indigenous species not just any native and to think about providing groups of prickly plants for nesting and retaining nesting trees and hollows. If large trees need to be removed then considering leaving the tree trunk and adding some nesting hollows.

The benefit of such programs is in involving more people in nature and an increased understanding of how our gardening impacts or benefits surrounding bushland and reserves.

Five features help collaborative wildlife gardening programs engage residents to manage their land to achieve landscape-focused conservation goals:

  1. on-site garden assessment
  2. indigenous community nursery
  3. communication hubs
  4. a framework that fosters experiential learning and community linkages
  5. endorsement of each garden’s potential conservation contribution

In the same July 2017 Decision Point is another article on the effect of removing certain weeds from urban bushland, especially if it means loss of shrubby habitat – to weed or not to weed.

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DELWP Community Conversation

Epacris impressa in Canadian Forest Park

The Department of Land Water and Planning Grampians Region has a regular newsletter DELWP Community Conversation, keeping the community updated about some of the work and discussions in which they are involved.

You are welcome to subscribe to receive it by email. If you would like to know the extent  of the Grampians Region boundary here is a link  

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

Update on the new park in Ballarat

Common Hovea

Common Hovea

It has been an exciting year with the  Canadian Regional Park declared. The 641ha  park is on the edge of Ballarat. There are plans to celebrate the new name for the park ‘Woowookarung Regional Park’ with Wadawurrung, early next year, March/April.

Congratulations to the Friends of Canadian Corridor for their award recognising their achievement in connecting people with parks. Follow the links to the latest newsletters from the friends group and Parks Victoria.  Friends Group update  and   Parks Victoria December update

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.

Activities in the Leigh Catchment

Trailing Goodenia

Trailing Goodenia

Here is a link to Leighway a newsletter from the Leigh Catchment Group. There is information about Growling Grass Frog Project, Rabbit control workshops, Union Jack Creek Revitilisation Project, Gorse control – landholder funding, Whole Farm Planning Course, and Golden Plains Shire community grants

Using Grey Water

A pet cat on the prowl

A pet cat on the prowl

There are some interesting articles in the latest newsletter from the Land for Wildlife  team in Central Australia. It is interesting to see how far a cat travels in the urban area and there are some hints about using grey water, which may have to resort to if we don’t see some rain soon.