Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

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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Landholder forum – ecological burning of grasslands

The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority is holding the 9th PlainsTender Landholder forum. If you are quick there may be some seats left. You need to RSVP by 30 November.

 The forum provides the opportunity for landholders to get together and share experiences, learn about what others are doing, and listen to presentations on relevant topics about the Victorian Volcanic Plain.

This forum is all about ecological burning in native grasslands on the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

WHEN:    9:30am – 2:00pm Tuesday 5 December 2017

(morning tea and lunch provided, please specify any dietary requirements)

WHERE:  Inverleigh Public Hall, 71 High Street, Inverleigh

RSVP:     To Jess Lill by Thursday 30 November on 0477 719 149  or


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Indigenous knowledge of ecology – update about presentations tomorrow

The SWIFFT video conference is due to commence at 9.45am as normal with our finish time of 12noon.

Our Theme is – Indigenous knowledge of ecology  – and will be hosted from the Ballarat Office – with other sites linking-in found at

Our presenters and presentation topics (though not necessarily in this order) are

  1. Denis Rose from the Gunditj Mirring presenting on  “Implementing Traditional Knowledge on Country” – looking to present from Melb – possibly Geelong
  1. Mike Gilby from the Victorian Fisheries Authority presenting on Scarred Trees – Beacons in the Landscape – Mildura
  1. Mick Bourke from DELWP – on Activity in the Murray Goldfields District of DELWP – from Bendigo
  1. And finally some updates (Ballarat)  including
    •  but yet to absolutely confirmed – an update on Fire Spirit Comes Back Project – Wiyn-murrup Yanggarramela – this was touched on in a presentation last October
    • The Biodiversity Strategy – and Traditional Owner input into the implementation

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A new VVP field guide is underway

Get ready for a new guide for the VVP, this one’s going to be about bugs and insects and it should be ready by next June.  Last week the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) hosted a community day on a property near Shelford, with the aim to collect as many insects as possible to provide photos for the new guide. If you couldn’t make the collecting day you are still able to participate.

hunting in the grass for insects and spiders

Armed with plastic containers we went for a walk along the Native Hut Creek, which is a priority Creek for the CCMA. First we hunted along the creek line which was lined with old red gums and some newer plantings, looking in the leaf litter, in the grass, under bark and on the leaves young eucalypts.

The next site was across the creek and in a grassland which was mostly poa tussocks and rocks. The aim of the day was to provide a snapshot in time of the insects that are found in just 2 locations on the VVP.  This will then be built on it over the years. There may be another collecting day in March.

Then it was back to the cottage where containers were put into categories by Dr. Paul Horne and Jessica Page from IPM Technologies Pty Ltd, who  gave us a talk about what we found. They are developing the IPM field guide for the Victorian Volcanic Plains bioregion. Some of you may have heard them talk at the VVP  conference last year.

a big collection of a range of insects at different life stages, millipedes and spiders

Now if you would like to be involved in this project you will need to begin with photos that you’ve taken of insects that you have seen on the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

Here is how to get involved

  1. Go to the BowerBird website and see what the site is all about. Everyone in a Project can add and share images, videos and sounds as well as add notes and comment on the species you find.
  2. Check out this user guide link
  3. Register to become a member. The best browsers for BowerBird are either Chrome or FireFox
  4. Join the new project – Victorian Volcanic Plains Insects.
  5. Next you need to join a few other projects. Choose ones that you have an interest in but also initially ones that have a big membership. When you add a photo if you belong to a few larger projects there is more chance that someone will be able to name the insect if you can’t.
  6. You will need photos to upload and to know where they were taken.


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Next week’s SWIFFT topic – Indigenous Knowledge of Ecology

Here is a reminder about the last SWIFFT video-conference for the year. It is on Thursday next week, 26th October. The theme is Indigenous Knowledge of Ecology or what is becoming known in some circles as Aboriginal Science.  Here is the link to the list of venues and the start time is 9:45am

This session will be hosted from the Ballarat Office but there are venues across the state.

Some things to note

  1.  Please remember to sign in at the Offices as you arrive.  This is important for our staff that everyone observes this security protocol.
  2. We are very keen to know who attends the video-conferences and where you are from – there will be attendance sheets at each centre – if you could be sure to sign it and nominate what organisation or group you belong to that’d be appreciated.  If you are there unaffiliated – then please simply write “none” – we’ll know what that means.