01 October 2015

City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News 1 October


City of Hobart Bushcare Fortnightly News Update

Hi Bushcarers, it has been terrific few weeks as I work with many of our groups to engage the community in Bushcare. A highlight was last Saturday, when Lambert Gully Bushcare hosted a night stalk and observed little and southern forest bats, an eastern pygmy possum, tawny frog mouths and a troop of sugar gliders all in Lambert gully. It really showcased the value of the work we do in providing habitat for wildlife in urban areas. I hope many of you can join Kangaroo Valley Bushcare this Sunday for their discovery walk on orchids and other flora with local expert, Mark Wapstra. Details below.

Hope to see you there!

  - Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator

South Hobart Bushcare Doggy Walk, September 2015


This Sunday


Oct 4

Kangaroo Valley Bushcare would like to invite fellow Bushcarers to a walk and talk with local botanical expert Mark Wapstra this Sunday. For more information go here.

All welcome.

A new Facebook group about weeds

The site aims to highlight weed issues, weed identification and weed management issues in Tasmania.  Once a member, anyone can post photos or postings. For more information go here.


Other Events

Tasmanian Landcare Conference and Awards - it's not too late to register!

Oct 10-11

Award finalists have been announced and you can read more about the inspiring people, organisations and groups here.

This conference is a great opportunity to meet other environmental volunteers, learn new techniques and promote what you do! Registrations have been extended so don't delay - come along and get inspired! You can register here.

Sustainable Living Festival

Oct 31-1 Nov, 10am-4pm

Bushcare and Bush Adventures will be here, includes a native plant give away at the Bushcare stall! For details go here.

Knocklofty Open Day

Nov 15, 10am-2pm

An opportunity for the community to discover Knocklofty Reserve and share their memories of the Reserve. More details to come!

Bushcare Annual BBQ

Nov 29, 12-3pm

Mount Nelson School Hall, 388 Mount Nelson Road, Mount Nelson

This is a great opportunity for Bushcare volunteers, Council staff and supporters to come together, have a laugh, and celebrate the incredible contribution that volunteers have made to making Hobart's bushland a better place.


A new research project on sparrows seeking assistance

The entire Tasmanian house sparrow population has descended from just 15 individuals that were intentionally shipped from Melbourne to Hobart around 150 years ago. The invasive house sparrow continues to expand its population throughout Tasmania (and the rest of Australia), causing ecological damage as it out-competes native bird species.
We are a team of biologists from Macquarie University that study the ubiquitous house sparrow. We aim to understand how this versatile species has so successfully and rapidly adapted to changing environments in Australia. This research will provide insights into how native Australian birds may cope with environmental changes (e.g. climate change) and help us understand why some species are such successful invaders.

Tasmania is of special interest to this research: house sparrows here are particularly common, and although disruptive, the speed and success of their invasion is impressive - especially having derived from only 15 initial colonists! In order to monitor the house sparrow in Tasmania we need to set up nest box sites, and we need your help and local birding knowledge! We are looking for advice regarding where house sparrows have been spotted, how many are at a particular site, locations where they are known to nest, and landowners who would be willing to host nest boxes on their property. Please contact me below to get involved in the project!
Thank you,

Ellie Sheldon, Macquarie University
Phone: 0451 532 403