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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Where are the grassland remnants?

We usually think to look for grassland remnants along roadsides and on rail reserves on the Victorian Volcanic Plain  Cemeteries are another good place to check out, but have you thought about going to church yard? At St George’s Church Balliang, there is tiny grassland treasure.

I was there on Wednesday chatting with a few people about what to look for and how to manage a remnant such as this one. As with most grassy remnants we need to manage the density of grass cover and this one needs a burn to open it up. Perhaps that will happen this autumn. You never know who has a little patch of grassland out the back. It is lovely to know this patch is in good hands.


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Grassland Resource Reminder

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A few years ago a resource was developed at Ecolinc that provides pictures and information about the VVP flora and fauna. The resource links into the work that Ecolinc, in Bacchus Marsh, undertakes with students.

Recently the site has been updated and now covers all grasslands. It is really handy if you need to do a quick identification.

Grasslands: Biodiversity of south-eastern Australia aims to introduce and build an appreciation of the unique biodiversity of south-eastern Australia’s endangered temperate native grasslands. It introduces users to the grassland communities formally listed under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, the bioregions they occur in, and the plant and animal species that live in them

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Bringing back a roadside grassland

One of my highlights of the year was seeing the roadside grassland site at Woorndoo which has been direct seeded. Having followed the progress of the grassy groundcover recovery project over the years it is exciting to see the progression of techniques and how diverse grasslands may be put back into the landscape. John Delpratt and David Franklin and the Woorndoo Land Protection Group should be proud of this site. Another is addition planned in the coming year. Add to this the work done by Flora Victoria around Melbourne, then we should see much more work on grassland restoration and extension in the future.

Another report of the day at Woorndoo by Nature Glenelg Trust, Tiptoe through the Themeda…., may be found here

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Managing roadsides in difficult times

At the recent Woorndoo event in November, we heard from Richard Hodgers from Moyne Shire, who spoke about rural roadsides and responsibilities.

The photos below are from a roadside near Woorndoo which is being funded under the linear reserves project which supports weed control and regular roadside burning. It is an example of some of the beautiful flowering roadsides we have left.

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Season’s Greeting

I would like to thank all of you who take the time to follow this and the VVPCMN’s other social media posts and wish you all the best for the coming festive season and the new year. At times it is difficult to maintain the momentum of putting up articles about the Victorian Volcanic Plains grassy communities but your support does encourage me to get out and take more photos and enjoy the sights. While there is still a long way to go to see a greater appreciation of grassy ecosystems, we still need to promote issues and raise awareness at every opportunity.

There have been lots of well supported events this year and I would also like to thank the VVPCMN steering committee for continuing to get together to share ideas and plans. I am also trying to encourage more people to contribute to this blog so you hear different points of view.

Nearly seventy people found their way to Woorndoo in November to enjoy a catch up with friends, interesting speakers and a few grassland walks. Those who arrived early ventured onto the nearby Woorndoo Common for a lovely floral display and later an interesting range of talks and site visits.

Even more people turned up to a wonderful conference in October about remnant grasslands at Werribee. The Grassy Plains Network is a new alliance of community based groups and organisations focused on seeking positive ways forward for the conservation of Melbourne’s Grassy Plains and ecosystems. Here is a link to the Grassy Plains Declaration that was drafted at the conference and the impressive range of presentations.

The photos below are from Woorndoo Common.