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 Botanical Foray with Bush
Adventures next week and our new activity for Spring - the Bushcare Walking
Book Club. Details about these activities and more below. We are currently
putting together our Spring program. If your group have any changes
to make, 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
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?
I’m going to create a poll
to ask about what kinds of books you might like to read. Fiction,
non-fiction, or a blend of both. If all goes well, it should be the post
below this message. If you are on Facebook, you can join the group and be
part of the conversation here.
Otherwise email us at email@example.com.
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!
Foray - 10 July, 1.30–3 pm. Have you ever wondered what
plants are growing in your local bushland? Join us for a guided
stroll through Fern Tree, and learn a bit more about Hobart's native
plants. This is a great activity for those people that are interested in
setting up a native garden in their own property, enjoy the bush or just
want to learn something new.
Meet: Outside Fern Tree
Tavern, corner of Huon Rd and Summerleas Rd, Fern Tree
Cost: $5.50 per person. Bookings essential. To book ring: 6238 2886