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

Discover your VVP Bugs and Beetles at Inverleigh

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Where are the volcanoes?

Here is a link to a website that shows all the Victorian volcanic plain volcanoes.


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Stony Rises Winter Wild Bio Blitz

You are invited to the Stony Rises Winter Wild Biodiversity Blitz! A 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, from monitoring our biodiversity to building kangaroo gates in your fences (wire and stone).


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Conserving kangaroo grassland communities

The second part in this series on the Recreating the Country blog, explores ‘the value of restoration for conserving these critically endangered communities and how a small community in south-western Victoria is approaching this issue’ link


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VVP in Colour – a photo competition

It is time to remind you about the CCMA photo competition. I hope you have been thinking about this over the holidays and have your photos ready to send in. This is one way to spread the word about the native  biodiversity of the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

Teesdale – T. McRae

The Victorian Volcanic Plains come to life in spring and to show how amazing the wildflowers, plants and animals are on the basalt plains, the Corangamite CMA is running a photo competition. Everyone is welcome to enter. There are three categories: 

  • Wildflowers, plants and landscapes
  • Fauna
  • Photos taken by 12 years and younger  

Sign up to the Corangamite CMA Facebook and Blog to view the entries during the competition. The winning photo for each category will receive a $50 CSIRO book voucher!!

Entry requirements

  • Photographs must be submitted to jess.lill@ccma.vic.gov.au by Friday 23 February, 2018.
  • Photographs must have been taken within the Victorian Volcanic Plains bioregion. If you wish to look at a map of the VVP bioregion visit https://victorianvolcanicplainscmn.wordpress.com/about/maps/
  • Photographs may have been taken at any time.
  • Photographs may be taken digitally, using film or phone cameras.
  • The photographs must be print quality.
  • All photographs submitted are released for Corangamite CMA to use for future promotional purposes.

 


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Taking bring your own to a new level

Although I had some disappointing visits to cemeteries earlier in spring I decided to look in at Inverleigh Cemetery recently.  There were some lovely patches of native grasses remaining unmown on the edge of the pine trees and some fantastic Feather Spear-grass, one of my favourite grasses.

For the first time I also found a tiny patch with bindweed and blue devils and I don’t know if it was planted, came on  the wind or flowered because it wasn’t mown this year due to a few branches lying on the ground.

Many #VVP Cemeteries come up on the list as where to see grassland remnants. In a few years without intervention this probably won’t be the case. Many relatives want to plant something on a grave and mostly it is non-native with weed potential.

I found an interesting example of someone introducing their own preferred grass! No need to wonder why we are losing the battle for remnants in cemeteries.

introduced grass around a grave