The Upper Campaspe Pollinator Corridor Project

An invitation to our Community from the UCLN President, John Walter!
A busy native bee on matted flax lily (Dianella amoena) © John Walter

Hello everyone,

Seasonal greetings and best wishes to you all on behalf of the UCLN team. I hope you all manage to have a somewhat normal Christmas celebration with your families after this rather extraordinary year.

The UCLN has been successful in establishing a Research Partnership Agreement with Dr Mark Hall and Western Sydney University and we are working behind the scenes to put things into place so our on ground pollinator surveys can commence in January 2021.

Mark will work with us in the next couple of weeks to identify some primary pollinator corridors across our landscape and we will jointly survey specific sites within the landscape for pollinator species and numbers over 2021. The resulting survey data will become baseline data for pollinators in the district, and we will monitor changes in both diversity and numbers over coming decades.

We are now urgently looking for expressions of interest from all local Landcare members who would be interested and willing to have surveys occur on their property.

We are seeking farmland, gardens, bushland and native grassland, riparian zones and in fact all landforms and land use types. We also want some sites that will be open to have supplementary plantings added over time and some that will not – to act as control sites. You do not have to become actively involved in the surveys if you offer part of your property as a survey site, but you would be most welcome to do so.

The actual size of a survey site will most likely be fairly small. Remember, this project also includes the towns of our region and some survey sites may be a park or a garden within a town.

We may not be able to initially cover all sites offered within our survey program – but please do not hold back on offering as we intend this to become a growing and long term process. While our initial focus will be on “primary corridors”, we see the future landscape being more akin to a river delta system with a fine network of corridors fanning out across the entire landscape.

Don’t be shy! Send us your suggestions or give Bek or myself a call so we can discuss things more fully with you.

A quick response is the most important thing here so we can make our final survey site selections and get our surveys underway while the pollinators are still active in January.

Please send your suggestions to our hard working Facilitator, Bek, at ucln@uppercampaspelandcare.org.au and also cc it to me at john.walter2@bigpond.com

If you want to discuss this call Bek on 0432 491 789 or myself on 0410 598 252.

Kind regards to all

John Walter – President UCLN

Summer Fun with Junior Landcare

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Meet the Junior Landcarers – Suyin, Amir, Beth and Jarrah who will be leading you through the Just for Kids activities.
The Just for Kids activities have been developed to help children at home and at school explore Junior Landcare and create their own ideas.

The activity sheets are based on the activities in the Junior Landcare Learning Centre, and focus on four key areas: food production, biodiversity, waste management and Indigenous perspectives. New content is published on a regular basis, so be sure to visit Just for Kids again soon.

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Spring Series Webinars

We would like to say a huge thankyou to all our wonderful presenters and all of you who took time out of your day to participate in our online Webinars.

We would also like to thank Macedon Ranges Shire Council for all their help and support while we were putting these online sessions together.

I do apologise to any of you who tried to join us live but were locked out of the room once we reached 100 participants. I hope you enjoy the recordings of the presentations and encourage you to contact me if you have any questions for the presenters.

Thanks and regards – Rebekah – Landcare Facilitator – Upper Campaspe Landcare Network

Biodiversity on your Bushblock – a three part webinar series

Spring Sessions – Pollinator Corridors with Mercedes Ramirez – 12 September 2020

Spring Sessions – Living with Fauna on your Bushblock with Tanya Loos – 19 September 2020

Spring Sessions – Your Bushblock can be a wildlife haven with Miles Geldard of Wildlife Nestboxes – 26 September 2020

Carbon Farming with Louisa Kiely of Carbon Farmers of Australia – a three part webinar series

Carbon Farmers of Australia – session one – 24 September 2020

Carbon Farmers of Australia – session two – 1 October 2020

Carbon Farmers of Australia – session three – 22 October 2020

Climate Change and the Horse Property with Annemaree Docking of Plan it Rural – a two part webinar series

Climate Change and the Horse Property – session one – 3 October 2020

Climate Change and the Horse Property – session two – 10 October 2020