The Shy Feather Flower above is on our Kojonup Reserve
(WA) in one of just 13 known populations left in the wild. For the
first time in 20 years we carried out a cool-burn to revitalise these
plants. Regeneration from soil-stored seed should be prolific next
Pitfall trap surveys at Yourka in far
north Queensland uncovered a wide variety of species, including 13 new
records for the reserve. What this tiny Box-patterned Gecko lacked in
size it made up for with reptillian attitude!
One of the best things about bush
walking in winter can be the bursts of colour provided by fungi. Our
Liffey Valley reserves are open to the public & their wet forests
are particularly fungi rich (a damp habitat is important in helping
fungi absorb nutrients).
Keith Gooley, with help from Peter Caulder, has designed and built a
special cat trap system at Boolcoomatta. It uses a radio telemetry
device to notify staff when activated. These have been recently
upgraded and redeployed.
There is a lot happening
this month. It is National Tree Day on Sunday 30 July. We will be at the
Derwent Foreshore rehabilitating coastal woodland by planting shrubs and
trees propagated by the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. This is a great
opportunity for volunteers from throughout Hobart to come together and lend
a hand! Please bring your family, invite your neighbours and join us!
Please also spread the word about our new activity for Spring - the
Bushcare Walking Book Club, and Landcare Tasmania's MOB. Details about
these activities and more below. We are also currently putting together our
Spring program so if your group have any changes to make to your works
program, please let us know.
In this icey weather, stay
safe in the bush, and hope to see you at an activity soon!
Lisa Cawthen, Bushcare Coordinator
Weed mapping with a Bushcare ipad, Daphne Laurel Eradication
Project, Fern Tree Bushcare, June 2017
The Bushcare Annual BBQ is fast approaching. Do you have any
ideas for a venue or day? Would your group like to host it in your
patch? Please let us know by emailing email@example.com
If your group is a member of Landcare join the MOB - Member
Outreach BBQ. This highly successful event is now coming to our
area. It is great opportunity for your group to get more involved
Tasmania is running a ‘Census’ to help understand more about the broad
community of volunteers, members, supporters and stakeholders.
This Census is intended for
all individuals with an interest in Landcare. These can be members and
volunteers of a care group, or individuals, organisations and businesses in
the broader community with an interest in Landcare and even professionals
working in the Natural Resource Management sector.
The Census should take about
10 minutes to complete, but will vary depending on your area of interest
and activity. To find out more and take the census visit - http://www.landcaretas.org.au/census2017
Warning - Weeds of Southern Tasmania booklet in hardy copy - available
Hard copies of the latest edition of Weed Warning - Weeds of
Southern Tasmania is available now from Bushcare. This is an excellent
guide on how to identify and remove some of Southern Tasmania's nastiest
environmental weeds. If your group would like some, please let us know, and
we can arrange to bring some to an up and coming working bee.
Times - last call for articles and photos!
This is your last call to submit articles and photos to the
Spring edition of the Bandicoot Times. It is a great opportunity to share
news, events and discoveries with the broader bushcare community. All
articles and photos due by Sun 23 July. You can submit articles and
photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bushcare Walking Book Club
After discussions with a
number of you over the last few months, we’re delighted to announce that
we’re going to give the Bushcare Walking Book Club a burl!
For the most part,
Bushcarers are an environmentally-savvy lot. But even the most educated
environmental stewards among us can benefit from being exposed to new
ideas, and to further deepening their understanding of a topic by
discussing it with other people.
We’re hoping that our
walking book club will provide some of these opportunities for our City of
Hobart Bushcare community.
“How will this work?” I hear
you ask. Well, we have some ideas, but would love to get your input on
Here are our initial
Each month, a book will be
chosen, initially by the Bushcare team but perhaps later by a convenor, or
through discussion among group members. We could focus solely on
non-fiction works with an environmental or natural focus (e.g.; Dark Emu by
Bruce Pascoe, Let the Land Speak by Jackie French, The Sixth Extinction by
Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Nature by Tim Low etc.), or could also include
works of fiction with strong environmental messages or where nature itself
becomes a character (e.g.; Eucalyptus by Murray Bail, Clade by James
Bradley, Death of a River Guide by Richard Flanagan).
The group will undertake
monthly walks in reserves with active Bushcare groups to discuss the chosen
text. This could also provide a good opportunity for groups to ‘host’
visitors, and show off their work sites (and of course, to introduce
visitors to the best picnic spots!).
For the inaugural event,
Bushcare will be providing the books for 12 people who commit to coming
along to the first session. After that, we may look at establishing a book
club with the support of the LINC (where people sign up for a set number of
texts per year), or people might possibly just acquire books individually,
for discussion each month.
The group will be held on
Sunday afternoons, on the same weekend as the current Waterworks Valley
working bees. I’ll be the coordinator for the time being, but would love it
if some passionate peripatetic bookworm might like to step up into the role
So – what do you think?
Would you like to be involved? What should we be reading?
And if you have any books
that you feel would make a good walking book club text, please do list them
in the comments below. I’ll be looking through these to gauge what we might
read in future, and will suggest a few myself over the coming days.
environmentally-themed bookish enthusiasm,
Bushcare Operations Supervisor and Word Nerd
Landcare Awards recognise the tireless efforts of the many
volunteers and community groups involved in delivering positive
sustainability and biodiversity outcomes in our region. Tasmanian
nominations close on September 15!
National Tree Day -
30 July, 10 am-1 pm. Rehabilitating the Derwent Foreshore. For more
information visit the National Tree Day web site here.
2017 - The 2017 Tasmanian Landcare gathering will be held
on Saturday 2 December. Its a great opportunity to meet local landcarers,
see their work and celebrate the best ideas in Tasmanian Landcare - http://www.landcaretas.org.au/gathering2017