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Congratulations to Geoff McFarlane for being awarded the PestSmart Participants Prize for leadership in the field of rabbit management on the Bellarine Peninsula! Well deserved for all your hard work, Geoff!!
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Bellarine Blitz has been a great success this year, with relaxed Sunday mornings of social interaction while helping out people in their gardens and on their properties. The hosts provide lunch for the participants, and everyone goes home with some new information as well as the satisfaction of helping others. This Sunday 27 November, is the final Blitz for the year and will be held in Marcus Hill at a bush property where we will be assisting the landholders with the removal of Blue-bell creeper. It's going to be fun and you will be amazed at the beauty of this remnant bushland. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to Sophie on 0409 558 527.
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The blue grass lilies Caesia calliantha are coming into there own at this time of the year. With a background of themeda it is a lovely patch. But i missed a briza...
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The wonderful Beth Ross will be leading this Seed Collection Training day in a few weeks. Not many places left so book in soon!
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Check out this talk on the Rakali - Australia's otter!
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Hi everyone. Just to let you know that Monday nights Weed and Walk which is normally at Andersons rd., has been moved back to Swan Bay Rd. Sophie has been at the site recently and is keen for us to see the great stuff that is there now. She will also be there earlier in the afternoon working with a vollie - mowing and brush cutting the weedy grasses. This is an excellent strategy if it is timed well - many grasses are in flower now and with very little or no seed, so it is safe to mow and it totally ruins their reproductive year! If you want to know how you can tell if is OK to mow perhaps you could come and we will show you! We will be at the intersection of Swan Bay rd and the Bellarine Railtrail at 5:30 for an hourish... In box or phone Beth 0428 124 363
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Bellarine Secondary College Landcare nursery will be open as usual on Cup Day. TUES 9 am til 3pm . Thx
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We found it! This plant, Geebung or Personia juniperina is another example that local extinction is real and happening. This is the last remnant plant that we knew of in the ognr. We had 'lost' it for a while. Two clones are growing in the carpark. The FoOGNR have purchased 8 more recently. Only Graeme Stockton has been able to grow them. I know of only one other remnant plant on the bellarine on private property. Let us know if u find another...
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Above: A Warrenbayne Boho Land Protection Group activity to learn which macroinvertebrates will thrive in a healthy farm dam.
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Members may wish to join friends of ocean grove nature reserve this thursday morning for a walk and weed. We will b meeting at the visitor centre at 930 and back about 1130 for a cuppa. Wear sensible shoes and layers. There will be more walking than weeding as we want to show off some of the spring colour. Call or comment if u have questions.
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Bellarine Landcare added 2 new photos — with Kate Lockhart.
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Join us to accompany the Geelong Field Naturalist Club on a fauna survey - Saturday October 15 & Sunday 16th October, 8 am, Swan Bay Rd in Marcus Hill. Sunday morning - survey followed by breakfast bbq Microbats often go unrecognized by the human population, unless one turns up flapping around your bedroom - as was the case of a Landcare family in Swan Bay Rd. The Smith family, the caring custodians of 10 acres of remnant Heathy Woodland, part of a larger patch of remnant bush known as 'Hutchinson's bush block' is a special place where we can see both flora and fauna species rarely seen on the rest of the Bellarine. The Field Nats will be surveying for fauna at the Smith's on the weekend of October 15 and 16. Led by veteran fauna specialist, Trevor Pescott, they will set up traps for microbats and other mammals and reptiles. If you would like to learn more about our fauna and see the Smith's wildflowers in full Spring-time bloom, meet at 8 am to assist with the survey. On Sunday 16th the survey will be followed by a breakfast barbeque and Trevor will share some of his knowledge with participants. Parking is limited so car pooling encouraged. RSVP essential. Contact Sophie facilitator@bellarinelandcare.org.au or 0409 558 527 for the Smith's address. BTW microbats can eat 500 mosquitoes in just one hour - or half their body weight in a night - an ecological service we could certainly use in some parts of the Bellarine!
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A little bit of excitement at the nursery this week because this little plant sqeezed out a flower. This is one of 6 cuttings about 8mths old. Pink Bells or Tetratheca ciliata is a really pretty small shrub. Some of you may have seen them occasionally on the road side in iron bark forrest. I know of only 2 plants remnant on the peninsula and was apprehensive about taking cuttings. 60% strike rate. With the great rain we may get better growth to take some more cuttings this year. The plsnts must taste great as they are only growing in an exclusion plot.
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Cats, rats, foxes and other mammal predators have been implicated in 60% of the world's animals extinctions.
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BLG News

RabbitScan awarded

The FeralScan community pest animal monitoring and mapping program has received the Minister’s award for a cleaner environment in the field of research and science excellence.
 
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) research officer and IA CRC FeralScan program manager Peter West, was humbled to receive the award on behalf of all the program partners, stakeholders and users.
 
“Thanks to the strong support from our stakeholders, communities and individuals all around Australia the FeralScan program has collated more than 65,000 new community records about pest animals, and has been used by over 25,000 Australians.

For more information, see http://eepurl.com/crfwMD

 

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A very kind thank you to the Corangamite CMA and the Victorian Government Landcare Program for sponsoring my attendance as a Bellarine Landcare committee member to the 2016 National Landcare Conference. It was an excellent occasion to network with other groups involved in "landcaring" and a great opportunity to learn from others.

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Landcare Grants Now Open

Bellarine Landcare Group (BLG) are calling for applications from private landholders and schools to undertake environmental on-ground works on the Bellarine Peninsula. Funding will be provided to assist landholders undertake:

  • Remnant vegetation protection and enhancement;
  • Waterway, creek and drainage line fencing and revegetation;
  • Revegetation corridors

The aim of this Grant is to assist landholders to restore 7 ha of indigenous vegetation in 2017, creating wildlife corridor linkages, with a particular focus on protection of waterways flowing into the Ramsar wetlands of Lake Connewarre and Swan Bay.

These financial incentives have been received through the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority’s Landcare Grant 2016-17.

The maximum grant rates available are (incl. GST):

  • Standard Fencing: $2.50 per metre (Fencing cost around $8/m through Contractor)
  • Indigenous plants: $1.00 per plant (Nursery cost: $2/plant)
  • Tree guards: $0.35 per guard
  • Weed control of planting sites: $0.10 per plant or up to $45 / ha

To discuss your project ideas further contact Bellarine Landcare Group Facilitator, Sophie Small facilitator@bellarinelandcare.org.au / ph 0457 333 727

Download an application form here.

Applications close 31 October, 2016

 

                   

Another fun Blitz!

Volunteers planted trees in a small gap in a wonderful corridor of previously planted indigenous trees and shrubs. Many of the older plants had outgrown their guards so these were removed. Having a team of workers meant the work was done quickly and painlessly. It was accompanied by a walk through the area and then delicious sausages and a glass of wine in the fantastic sun of the day.

Blitz planting

Anyone who is interested in helping with Blitz! or hosting one to get help is encouraged to contact our Facilitator Sophie.

Forthcoming Events

Mon Dec 05 @ 5:30PM - 06:30PM
Weed, Walk and Talk Anderson's Rd
Wed Dec 14 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
BLG Christmas Break-up
Mon Dec 19 @ 5:30PM - 06:30PM
Weed, Walk and Talk, Swan Bay Rd BRT
Thu Dec 22 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Friends at OGNR
Mon Jan 02 @ 5:30PM - 06:30PM
Weed, Walk and Talk Anderson's Rd

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Our Indigenous Nursery

Our wonderful Indigenous Nursery is a joint initiative between Bellarine Landcare Group and Bellarine Secondary College.  Each year the nursery produces thousands of seedlings, indigenous to the Bellarine, for purchase by Landcare members and for major revegetation projects. Read more about the nursery.

Newsletters

See our latest newsletter, register to receive our newsletters or, better still,  join the BLG.

Facilitators

Our facilitators are often out and about - they can be contacted most easily by email:

facilitators@bellarinelandcare.org.au

Our Rabbit Program

In early 2015 we called landholders to a meeting about rabbit eradication. As a result of the wonderful turn-up at our first meeting, the BLG is now developing a Bellarine-wide Rabbit Eradication Program. If you are interested in this, please contact our facilitator.

NRM Planning Portal 

See the maps of NRM activities in our region

NRMPPTo access the interactive map, you will need to go to the following website: http://www.ccmaknowledgebase.vic.gov.au/nrmpp/cb_pages/disclaimer.php

The map is incomplete for the Peninsula but growing - some regions have already entered a considerable amount fo information and can now use their maps for planning and monitoring activities.

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