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Connecting Country – Bird Walk for Beginners

You are invited to come along for a guided bird walk for all ages and abilities, and explore our new ‘Bird walk for beginners’ brochure, featuring QR codes to access bird and habitat information. See the email of 20 March for more details.
When: Wednesday 6 April 2022 at 11.00 am.
Where: Leanganook Track, corner of Colles Rd and Murphy St, Castlemaine VIC. To view a google map link – click here
Bookings: Bookings are essential and tickets are limited. To book please – click here

Murnong tubers – yam daisies

We are continuing to plant murnong tubers and create a small area for direct seeding of murnong as we trial the best time and place to encourage a sward of yam daisies. Our 2021 propagation produced a large amount of seed collected over a 10 week period so we have some capacity to have a few sessions of planting. Our first exercise was on a hot day on 30 Jan 2022. We planted 4 pots of tubers from our propagation and created one small site for direct seeding, complete with protection from kangaroos that Denis Hurley made from old stakes and chicken wire. We then went home.

The Plan for 2022

This year will include (again) heaps of activity. Our main areas will be the IFF site )for Year 3 of the Landscape Partnership Program using Council Funds and Moonlight Creek, where we have a DELWP Victorian Landcare Grant to replace Phalaris with grasses and other weeds with food-and-shelter habitat on both our public land and parallel sections of adjoining private land – we will be working with our two neighbouring landholders and with our partners DELWP, Dja Dja Wurrung and Mount Alexander Shire Council to build a bio-link between Forest Creek and the upper parts of Moonlight Creek.

We have scheduled two working bees a month throughout the year, knowing that no-one can come to all of them.  So take note of the ones that might suit you, and pop them in your diaries.  Obviously we will put out a notice for each closer to the time and tell you if the plan changes.

Working bee dates (all on Sundays):
Jan 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 13, 27; Apr 10, 24; May 8, 22; Jun 12, 26; Jul 10, 24, 31; Aug 14, 28; Sep 11, 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov, 13, 27; Dec 11