Upper Spring Creek Landcare Group and Mid Loddon CMN

Community caring for our environment

8 May, 2016
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A Stranger in our midst

Landcare members, Jenny and Frank have been keeping an eye on the birdlife at their place. They sent in this report:

At our place it’s not unusual to see Eastern Rosellas and they are often seen swooping across our block or nesting in one of our boxes.  However it’s rare for us to see a Crimson Rosella because it seems that we are just a bit too far North for them – they seem to like the granite belts to the South of us. So we were delighted to see not one, but two Crimson Rosellas recently as they picked over our garden:

visiting crimson rosella

visiting crimson rosella

They then wandered across the path:

crossing the path

crossing the path

and finally perched on the handle of the old wheel barrow to pose for a photo:

Aren't I beautiful!

Aren’t I beautiful!

 Their lovely bright colour and relaxed behaviour was lovely to watch and reminded us that even in Autumn there is always something of beauty in the garden!  

 

5 May, 2016
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Storm — good news and bad news.

Following the recent storms which brought much needed rain to the area, Landcare members, Frank and Jenny were walking in the Shelbourne Nature conservation reserve. They sent in these observations:

Good News and Bad News 

The good news is that we have all enjoyed the downpour that came over the past few days and filled our tanks and dams to some extent.  The bad news is that the same downpour created a fair sort of a mess in some of the adjacent forests as the sudden rush of water swept aside the precious ground leaf litter.  It started to create washaways which could easily develop into erosion ditches in the future.  The first photo shows this. 

mess of litter

mess of litter

 

The second photo shows how the water can exit the forest and carry onto our public roads –  bad for the roads and bad for the bush.

wash over the road

wash over the road

 

There is a final bit of good news however; the area in the Shelbourne Nature Conservation Reserve which has been strategically thinned recently, showed absolutely no sign of rainwater damage or loss of leaf litter to adjacent roads,  The third photo shows this.

Thinned area

Thinned area

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 April, 2016
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Tiny Orchid identified

The tiny orchid I found is known as ‘Parson’s Bands’ after the prominent petals which look like a parson’s collar.  Latin name is Eriochilus cucullatus. Flowers are pollinated by native bees — I have seen blue banded bees enjoying the flowering basil in the garden so I hope they have  they have visited our rocky grasslands. They flower in the autumn and winter and they die back quickly so easy to miss. I didn’t see them last year so pleased to sight them today.

Parson's bands orchid

Parson’s bands orchid

 

10 April, 2016
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April Newsletter and events

Lots happening in the local area including:

  • Digital Photography Workshop with Alison Pouliot, 10.30am Sunday 24th April at Lockwood South Primary School. Registration essential- contact Judy on 54353412
  • Presentation   by Teresa Lebel (Mycologist with Royal Botanic Gardens) at 7.30pm Tuesday 10 May at Lockwood South Primary School
  • Field walk with Teresa Lebel in 9.30am Wednesday 11 May the Shelbourne Nature Conservation Reserve
  • Fungi ID and Survey Workshop with Alison Pouliot at Shelbourne Nature Conservation Reserve, 1.30pm Wednesday 25 May.

For more details and other items of interest click here for the latest Newsletter!

April 2016 Community Network News

16 March, 2016
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Photography Workshop with Alision Pouliot

A reminder that there will be another workshop and field excursion with Alison Pouliot on Sunday 24 April at Lockwood South Primary School.

Please RSVP to Judy on 5435 3412/0428506525  if you are interesting in taking part!

Alison is a world famous photographer and her workshops are full of learnings, practical tips and fun!

16 March, 2016
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Very Hungry Caterpillar – Lepidopterous.

Landcare local President, Ken, has been trying ‘to follow some of the advice from Julie’s recent presentation’ on Butterflies.

A recent report and photo from him:

“I was walking by one of the saplings and noticed that it was under insect attack again. Earlier this year I had killed several spitfire that were defoliating this young tree so I immediately thought I would kill the latest invaders.

However I stopped and noticed it was just two unusual caterpillars and unlikely to kill the tree so I let them be and went and got my camera.”

Lepidopterous --Emperor Gum moth larvae

Lepidopterous –Emperor Gum moth larvae

Judy has identified this colourful caterpillar as the Emperor Gum moth larvae.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 March, 2016
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Some birds in Pam’s garden

Lots of bird activity recently. You have to be out early on these hot days to spot them.

Local resident Pam sent in some photos of birds she saw in the garden recently.

The Crested Shrike Tit is more often heard than seen. Usually a tree top dweller, the hot weather must have forced  it lower down for Pam to have spotted this one. Isn’t he handsome!

Crested Shrike Tit

Crested Shrike Tit

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And our friend, the Magpie, looking for a cool drink:

Hot magpie

Hot magpie