Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

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

New research on Pseudemoia species

Skinks inhabit every part of the Australian continent and many skinks are very similar with only a few reliable external characters distinguishing species. There may be more species out there than we realise.

A new paper from Maggie Haines Phylogenetic evidence of historic mitochondrial introgression and cryptic diversity in the genus Pseudemoia (Squamata: Scincidae), provides new information on the hybridisation between these species in the high country, new information on the threatened Pseudemoia cryodroma, and important new information on what is looking like three taxa in the currently recognised P. pagenstecheri, including the rapidly disappearing form from the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

Updated advisory list of rare or threatened plants

Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor

The Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor

The Advisory list of rare or threatened plants in Victoria has been updated and the 2014 version in now available. The previous version was 2005

The Advisory Lists are maintained by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and are based on technical information and advice obtained from a range of experts. They are reviewed periodically. The information in these lists may be of use in a range of planning processes, such as the preparation of National Park Management Plans, local government planning schemes, regional catchment strategies and in setting priorities for actions to conserve biodiversity.

Although there are no direct legal requirements that flow from inclusion of a species in this advisory list, taxa assessed as rare, vulnerable or endangered in this list are considered through native vegetation planning permit approval and offset processes under Victoria’s Native Vegetation Regulations.

Muelleria Journal is online


The term Muelleria may not mean much to many of you but if you are interested in botany, in keeping up with changes to plant names and knowing what new plants have been discovered then you may like to check this online publication. Muelleria is the research journal of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Publication commenced in 1955 and now  Muelleria is available online which makes it much more accessible and past copies are gradually being uploaded. Recent journal articles include the revision of the Coronidium scorpioides (Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae) complex, five new endemic eucalypts and an overview of the Thelymitra nuda (Orchidaceae) complex.

Applications for the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 are now open

Hoary Sunray

Hoary Sunray

……..taken from the Landcare website
The 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 are part of the national stream of the National Landcare Programme and are one way of marking the 25th anniversary of Landcare as a national movement. A total of up to $5 million (GST exclusive) is available in 2014-15 through the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15. Opened 19 September 2014 and close 20 October 2014.
The funding comprises up to $2.5 million (GST exclusive) for environment focused projects and up to $2.5 million (GST exclusive) for agriculture focused projects.

The 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 will harness the expertise and enthusiasm of the natural resource management community, including landcare, Indigenous people, farmers, fishers and other land and sea managers.
Grants of between $5000 and $20 000 (GST exclusive) will assist community groups and individuals to undertake projects to conserve and protect their local environment and / or to manage the natural resource base, contributing to outcomes in the national interest. Contact you local landcare facilitator to see what may be on offer.

PlainsTender is now open

SpeargrassRound 6 of PlainsTender is now open and Corangamite CMA is looking for landholders in the Corangamite and North Central Catchments on the Victorian Volcanic Plains Bioregion to improve and enhance native vegetation through activities such as:
• fencing of native vegetation
• strategic grazing
• weed removal
• pest animal control. Continue reading


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