Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management News

Raising awareness about the value and use of native grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

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Orchid Conservation Symposium – save the date

Fragrant Leek Orchid

Please see attached flyer to the 2019 Orchid Conservation Symposium to be held in June. Please tell your friends and colleagues. Bookings will open on the 15th of March and program details will be up on the RBGV website at the end of next week. Orchid Conservation Symposium poster


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Seedy Salt-lake Tussock Grass

When I visit the Geelong Botanic Gardens as I did last week, I like to check up on the grassland beds, where plants are grown just for their seed. It is a bit hard to judge how well this project is going as it looks a bit unloved. Perhaps the project has come to the end of its funded period.

The beds of blue devil look beautiful and the kangaroo grass could still be harvested but a lot of seed would have dropped. The Salt-lake Tussock Grass is just a mass of seed. There are only 9 populations of this plant left so it would be nice to see the seed collected and put to good use.

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The Stony Rises Bio Blitz latest report

Here is the latest report on the stony rises Bio Blitz by Becky McCann, from the Stony Rises Focus Group. Apologies to those of you who have already seen this.

Dusky Antechinus male 9-2-19 Stony Rises Bio Blitz 3

The latest round of The Stony Rises Bio Blitz series confirmed a new breeding population of the elusive Dusky Antechinus, a little marsupial mouse-like carnivore, locally in the Stony Rises country on the Western side of Lake Corangamite.

With the ongoing guidance and expertise of mammal expert Trevor Pescott and fellow members of the Geelong Field Naturalists Club (and their permits to ensure we do all trapping, collecting of data and releasing ethically with the highest care possible for the wildlife), we found 6 different individuals (4 male and 2 female) across 2 different sites on private property, across a 3 day period. Continue reading

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Design your own biodiversity planting

How do we design biodiversity plantings that are sustainable and support lots of wildlife, particularly endangered species?

Stephen Murphy has described an easy to understand design system that you can read about it in ‘Revegetation – mimicking nature’ 


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eighth Biodiversity Across the Borders Conference

Lemon Beauty-head

This might seem a long way away but book now of you are interested – You are invited to the eighth Biodiversity Across the Borders Conference. With the theme Climate Change and Future Landscapes, this one-day conference aims to communicate new ecological research to natural resource managers, the research community and those with an interest in better environmental management. This conference is jointly hosted by Federation University Australia, La Trobe University, Deakin University, Charles Sturt University, University of Melbourne, Parks Victoria and other research partners. Continue reading

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Next Stony Rises Biodiversity Blitz

Here is a flyer for the possibly last (for now), Stony Rises Biodiversity Blitz.

Info from Becky McCann: This Blitz has a focus on further wildlife surveys, particularly microbats and finding the elusive Dusky Antechinus, that little marsupial mouse-like carnivore that we haven’t found yet at this property, but there’s a really good chance they are present, and this could be a great opportunity to help us make that important discovery!

This is a rare chance to explore an incredible and often under-appreciated part of our volcanic landscape, get to know the local plants and wildlife while participating in important citizen science surveys, and pick up some practical tips and skills along the way, working alongside experts who are happy to share their knowledge. Details on the flyer attached or contact me for more information (and to register).

With thanks to Trev Pescott and the Geelong Field Naturalists Club in making this happen! Continue reading