Gippsland Intrepid Landcare

 

Come along and meet the Gippsland Intrepid crew for a BBQ, Nutella donuts and their Annual General Meeting, being held in Tarra Bulga National Park at the Balook picnic area.

All members, plus anyone interested in joining or participating in the group in 2020, are welcome to come along and enjoy the fun.

The plan for the day is as follows:

11:30      –  meet at the picnic area, have some lunch
12 noon – AGM kicks off
1pm       – head home of join us for a bush walk, through Gippsland’s finest cool temperate rainforest.

Please RSVP your attendance by clicking coming on the groups facebook page. If your not on facebook you can send us an email gippslandintrepidlandcare@gmail.com

 

 

 

Get involved in protecting your local threatened species

Do you like walking along the beach?

Ever wanted to get involved in protecting your local environment?

Keen to volunteer on a local community program?

If you have answered yes to any of these, we have the activity for you!

Hooded plovers are an easily recognisable threatened species that live on your local beaches. It’s not every day you step onto the beach and see a threatened species.

BirdLife Australia has been working to improve the conservation outlook for Hooded Plovers for over 15 years – but it takes a community to save these birds.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of this conservation project. They help with monitoring the bird, finding nests, recording information, protecting nests and chicks and raising awareness.

Come along to a free volunteer information session, where you’ll learn more about the roles you can play in helping the Hooded Plover and receive training on how to safely monitor this threatened species. Learn from one of our beach-nesting bird experts and meet other volunteers from the Friends of the Hooded Plover South Gippsland group.

Please bring along wet weather gear, sun protection – be prepared for any weather, and binoculars for the breach walk (if you have them). Please advise of any special dietary requirements at time of RSVP. Light lunch and beach walk included.

Follow this link to RSVP bnb.events@birdlife.org.au and you can call Kasun on 0433 964 484 for any further information.

This event is supported by the Australian Government – National Landcare Program, Friends of the Hooded Plover South Gippsland, Coastcare Victoria and BirdLife Australia.

Grazing management and pasture recovery

Graeme Hand is a Holistic Management Certified Educator with qualifications in land management, planned grazing, land and soil health monitoring, financial planning and monitoring, enterprise design and succession planning.

Taught by Alan Savory, Graeme has 25 years planned grazing experience and 20 years Holistic Management Training.

Gabe Brown describes Graeme as having “the greatest understanding of not only ecosystem functions, but also how that relates to what we, as farmers and ranchers are doing. OUTSTANDING!”

This is a free event, morning tea and lunch provided. RSVP to Carmen Lee, carmenl@wgcma.vic.gov.au or 0457 786 582 for catering purposes.

What is Cover Cropping?

Colin Seis is a wool and grain grower in Gulgong in the Central Tablelands of NSW. He is well known as the pioneer of pasture cropping and he is also well versed in cover cropping techniques having worked closely with Gabe Brown in the USA. Colin will share his vast experience around building soil health through the use of these cropping techniques.

Topics covered during the day will be:

  • What is the difference between cover and pasture cropping
  • Multispecies crops: summer and winter crop mixes
  • Grazing multispecies crops
  • Soil health benefits
  • Soil nutrient cycling
  • Soil ecosystem benefits
  • Insect and plant disease control.

The day will be broken up into two sessions:

Morning session – DELWP building, 574 Main Street, Bairnsdale

Afternoon session – Farm walk at Woodcote Pty Ltd, 1021 Lindenow Meerlieu Road, Bengworden

Bookings are essential. RSVP to Natalie Jenkins on 03 5152 0600 or njenkins@egln.org.au

This TopSoils event is free and open to all who are interested, please not places are limited. Lunch will be provided.

 

 

People, Partnerships and Produce

Come along to this amazing property and learn about agroforestry.

Landowner Mark Walters will take you on a farm walk  and we will discuss topics such as:

  • Social licencing
  • Government support
  • Management and harvesting
  • Code of Forest practice

Guest speakers will include Chris Rankin from the South Gippsland Shire Council, who will talk about planning considerations and Dr Nerida Anderson from the University of Melbourne will speak on carbon sequestration in an agroforestry situation.

Please RSVP here https://agroforestrysthgippy.eventbrite.com.au, for further information call Peter on 0428 346 711.

A BBQ lunch will be provided.

Growing Southern Gippsland Field Day

You are invited along to this exciting field day on biosecurty in a changing climate and its impacts on agriculture in Southern Gippsland.

Field day topics include:

  • Biosecurity planning, farm hygiene, current and future pathogens and parasites
  • New and emerging pest plants as a biosecurity threat
  • Integrated pest management in a changing climate, a horticulture enterprise case study
  • Good and bad soil biology and what to expect in a changing climate
  • Live fluke and the ‘on farm’ warning signs

Morning tea and lunch are provided, look out for Landcare event signs.

The morning session is being held in the Kernot Community Hall and the afternoon session will be at the property of Andy Thomas a local dairy farmer.

RSVP is essential please go to https://biosecuritychangingclimate.eventbrite.com.au

For further details call the Bass Coast Landcare Network Office on 5678 2335.

West Gippsland Conservation Fund Launch

Join the team from Trust for Nature at the scenic Toorongo River Chalets for the launch of the West Gippsland Conservation Fund, a new initiative that will deliver security, sustainability and a game-changing boost to preserve and rehabilitate West Gippsland’s precious natural habitats.

Hear from a panel of regional experts as they discuss the ecological significance of the West Gippsland region and how this fund will act as an agent of change for future generations.

Refreshments and a grazing platter will be provided, in addition to plenty of networking time to connect with private, philanthropic, government and educational representatives linked to the conservation sector.

RSVP: To confirm attendance CLICK HERE
For catering purposes RSVP is required by Friday 30 August, 5pm.

Watering the Heyfield Wetlands

Join us to celebrate the watering the Heyfield Wetlands. Using water for the environment, we will be delivering water from the Thomson River to the dry western ponds of Heyfield Wetlands.

Come and see the start of the watering which will help improve the habitat for birds, frogs and other native species.

Official proceedings will run from 11am-12pm followed by an optional tour of Heyfield Wetlands after lunch.

Please RSVP for catering purposes by Friday, 9 August.

Perennial Pastures Field Day

Yarram Yarram Landcare Network is hosting a drought tolerant pastures field day.

Lunch provided after site visits.

Hear from leading pasture agronomist, Lisa Warn regarding species selection and suitability to soil, rainfall and grazing regimes.

RSVP your interest

What can dung beetles do for you?

You are invited to participate in a workshop and farm walk where you will get to meet John Feehan. John is a world renowned dung beetle expert and former head of CSIRO’s dung beetle project.

Learn about how dung beetles can make soil healthier and more productive, including interrupting parasite life cycles, aerating soil, cleaning paddocks and reducing fertilizer requirements.

Find out how to look after beetles on your property, including best practice management of pesticides and herbicides.

Visit a farm in the hills south of Loch and watch the release of a winter active colony of dung beetles.

Bookings are essential by Monday 24 of June via the following link: https://whatcandungbeetlesdoforyou.eventbrite.com.au

Lunch will be provided.