Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Protecting grassland, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains


Rokewood Cemetery Grassland

By all accounts it is not a very good year for native grasslands as the season was warm and hot earlier than usual. I stopped off to look at the grassland at Rokewood Cemetery last week and although the featherheads were absent the button wrinklewort was still flowering. It is great to see that the simple fencing is still in place that helps the trustees to keep vehicles off the grassland.  Here are a few photos of the grassland and cemetery grounds.

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All Remnants Great and Small

In 2012 through a project run by Moorabool Shire to locate native grasslands within the shire, a small
area of quality remnant grassland was identified in the the grounds of the Balliang Anglican Church.  The following is taken from  a newsletter by the Brisbane Ranges Landcare Group ………’Over the last 100 years, the rear portion of the church site has been mowed only occasionally to keep it tidy and reduce fire risk. Small and less accessible portions have rarely, if ever, been mowed. This has allowed some quite uncommon species of herbs and grasses to survive and even thrive. Species include Wallaby Grass, Blue Devil, several species of lily, native bluebell and saltbush. The Church and the Council have made an agreement to restrict access to the rear area of the grounds and put in place a mowing regime which conserves the grassland while still allowing fire hazard reduction in summer.’
Here are some photos taken on a recent landcare hosted tour of the area.

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What determines revegetation success – survey

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A request to be involved in a survey………….

As part of a research project being undertaken by the Environmental Decisions Group at The University of Queensland, we are surveying restoration ecologists, practitioners and researchers across Australia involved in the revegetation of terrestrial native vegetation. The information obtained will provide the restoration community with important insights on the motivations for undertaking revegetation and factors that influence the costs and success of revegetation. The goal is to learn from revegetation practice across diverse sectors, so that the outcomes of revegetation can be improved in the future. Continue reading

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