Threatened Species Day is a time to think

Threatened Species Day 7 September is a time to think about our impact on the planet. Here are some photos of plants that are listed as rare, vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered in Victoria, within 100km of Ballarat.

They are found in a variety of places such as cemeteries, paddocks, bushland, forests, roadsides, rail reserves and other reserves. They also come in all sort of shapes and sizes. A big thank you to those who work tirelessly to protect our remaining threatened species.


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

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.

Basalt to Bay use of cameras

A 37km stretch of grassy woodland (plus a couple of other ecological vegetation communities) containing a number of endangered communities and rare flora species along the former Koroit to Minhamite Railway line is part of a local community project. As part of the project the local community groups are using sensor cameras in the Warrong section of the Green Line to see what fauna are present.

Who is involved? Basalt to Bay in partnership with Victrack, Moyne Shire, CFA, La Trobe Uni and adjoining the farmers. Weeds have been a focus but in the future it will  include using fire as a management tool, more weed control and surveys and revegetation with locally sourced seed to add to into adjoining farmland biolinks and connectivity belts. Green Army and other stakeholders will also be involved.

Quolls and spiders

The latest Back Yard Buddies enewsletter has some interesting footage on a spot-tailed quoll feeding. This animal is videoed in a captive situation and it does make me wonder why we don’t have them as pets rather than cats.

If you see one then the Department of Environment and Primary Industries is interested in recent records. Contact them on 136 186 and ask to speak to a biodiversity officer in your region.

There is also some interesting videos about spiders and wasps.

How important are our old trees?

A magnificent habitat treeA summary of the last SWIFFT meeting is now online. The topic was remnant habitat trees in our rural environment and their importance to our wildlife. The key points are:

  • Remnant scattered trees provide a range of high value landscape, biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • Old growth scattered trees are a legacy from the past – they are continuing to disappear and future generations will inherit a vastly different landscape. Continue reading