Muckleford Landcare Habitat Corridor

Click here to watch the little film about our Habitat Corridor project as supported by the Victorian Government through the 2021 Community and Volunteer Action Grants – Stream 2 Biodiversity On-ground Action and Stewardship.

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Nest Box monitoring 2022

Thanks to the Landcare crew that came out today for the annual nest box monitoring. We had two teams complete approximately 80 boxes in 2 hours using the pole cameras. Thanks to (L to R in photo) Beth, Michael, Pam, Brona, Bronwyn, Dave, Miles, Louie, Nev (and Ned running about somewhere).

We recorded 24 sugar gliders, one Brush-tailed Possum, 10 or so bats, three boxes had bees, and there were fresh nests for four Brush-tailed Phascogales. Miles got chased by bees, and afterwards found a Yellow-footed Antechinus eating a dead bird in one of the boxes!

Nest Box monitoring with Muckleford Landcare

We are due to undertake our annual nest box monitoring in the Walmer South Nature Conservation Reserve. SUNDAY 29TH MAY 2022, 10am. I know it’s going to rain, but we will just wear weatherproof clothing. We will divide into two teams and take on half the reserve per team, that way we’ll be finished in under 3 hours. Let me know if you can come by emailing Beth Mellick or phone me on 0431219980.

Brush-tailed Phascogale (Photo: Beth Mellick)

Biking to Maldon this Sunday

The count down is on…find a bike, dust it off, check your tyres and chain, and meet us at the Muckleford train station this Sunday 3rd April at 11am.

We will ride to Maldon, and partake in hot chips on the grounds of the Maldon Visitor Information Centre, before slowly riding back to Muckleford! (We are no longer going to the pub as we had to pre-book and pre-order and pre-pay for our meals which was all too hard.)

Bring a friend, bring a picnic, bring a drink bottle and see you PROMPTLY at 11am. If you’re late, you’ll have to catch up with us! Please RSVP to Beth.

Connecting this Country course

A practical one day a week (Tuesdays) course that enables participants to develop more meaningful connection to the Victorian Central Goldfields on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Participants will learn indigenous world views and nature connection, along with applied skills in land management, ecological restoration, plant weed and animal identification, regenerative living, carbon reduction, resilience and food systems. Presented in collaboration by five local organisations including: Castlemaine Commons, Connecting Country, Nalderun Education Aboriginal Corporation, Castlemaine Institute and the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre.

The 8 weeks will cover a mix of visits to country, information, introductions and skills including:
· Introduction day at Leanganook
· Landcare – Connecting Country 
· Climate and Resilience Friends of the Earth & Castlemaine Institute
· Reading local landscapes: the layers of geology, ecology and landuse – Castlemaine Institute
· Living Simply
· Local food systems
· Tour with Aboriginal Elder, Nalderun Aboriginal Education Organisation
· Bush walk overnight – morning bird chorus and closing

Tuesdays – Term 2 Starting 3rd May for 8 weeks
$750 Full / $550 Concession / $350 Subsistence.

Information sessions – 26th April:
Maldon 2pm
Castlemaine 6pm

For registration contact Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, info@maldonnc.org.au and 5475 2093 and
Enrolment form here: https://www.maldonnc.org.au/whats-on/life-long-learning
For more information contact Castlemaine Commons, Natalie Moxham natalie@leanganookyarn.com and 0448 372 466 

Bassett Creek Stage 3

Another planting completed, and our final piece of work on the Bassett Creek. Thanks to the Spragg family for letting us have access to the creek front where we put in 500 plants to help connect up habitat, and strengthen the vegetation all along the creek line. Thanks also to Beth, Eleanor, Dave, Nioka, Andrew and Shirley for working in the rain (how lovely for us!), it took us under 2 hours.

We thank The Good Op Shop for supporting this project.

Welcome to new members Andrew and Shirley who came out to help us guard the plants today

Bassett Creek Stage 3

We have one more planting project to complete this season. Just like our habitat corridor project, we were severely delayed in planting due to the hold up with the bamboo stakes coming from China last year. But as the plants have already been grown for us, and we now have the stakes, we are going to go ahead.

The creek line has been slashed and ripped and is ready to plant. Our expert planters will be doing this, and Landcare members can come out to guard. I’m very sorry that this isn’t a weekend activity, but we are running out of time!

The planting/guarding will be done Tuesday 15th March 2022, starting at 9am. The property is on Rilens Road, please email me for the address.

Landholder has slashed the site, ready to rip

Let’s ride!

Can you believe it, the Muckleford Landcare bike ride is back! And we’re early (can’t wait until November). Following two years of cancellations, we are going ahead with the ride in April.

SUNDAY 3RD APRIL 2022, 11am, meet at the Muckleford train station. We will ride to Maldon for lunch, and return home via the Castlemaine-Maldon bike trail. I will make a booking at the Kangaroo Hotel for lunch, so please RSVP me with numbers. Ride with your family, bring a friend, or come by yourself and meet some Landcare people.

Please call Beth Mellick on 0431219980 or email me.