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Burns Hill – a recovering landscape

There was a good turnout for the first FOBIF walk this year despite the hot weather. The 5km trek began at the Chewton Shop and followed Forest Creek to the Monster Meeting site. It was then up Burns Hill with … Continue reading

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Fire 1:Take your pick…hang on: whose pick will count?

DELWP and CFA fire officers have conducted a number of consultations on the ‘Safer together’ fire management strategy in Bendigo and Castlemaine in the last few weeks. As we noted two weeks ago, the Department is considering three strategy options … Continue reading

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Fire 2: how to deal with ‘reckless ignorance’?

The Safer Together documents available as part of the fire consultations (see above) are headed ‘better bushfire management’. It turns out that this means, ‘better fuel management’, which is not at all the same thing. ‘Management’ includes a whole lot … Continue reading

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Another reason to slow down…

Travellers on the Pyrenees Highway east of Newstead will have noticed that work is under way on Vicroads’ wire rope project. A last minute series of meetings between local residents and road engineers has failed to bring any further modification … Continue reading

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It’s a mouthful, but definitely worth putting on your table

Here’s an event with a rather long title–but which looks like it could be both engaging and seriously informative: The interactive workshop will cover two important databases in detail: – State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams (SWIFFT): a knowledge … Continue reading

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Change to Walks Program

We have swapped the FOBIF walks for April and May due to unavoidable circumstances. Revised program 21 April    Warburton Bridge We’ll start our May loop walk at Warburton Bridge campground, walk up to Smuttas, Damper and Hunters track, and return to … Continue reading

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Landcare stories

In 2018 the Midland Express published a series of ‘Landcare stories’ as part of Connecting Country’s ‘Nature News’ series. These stories are now available to read in electronic format (as pdf file), or as a printed booklet. Click here to download the … Continue reading

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Silver Banksia revival

This Silver Banksia, Banksia marginata, was photographed recently on the Campbells Creek Trail. The species was virtually wiped out in this region in the nineteenth century. The many healthy trees along the creek are testament to the work of Friends Campbells … Continue reading

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Launch of Climate Flags

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Know your grasses

Margaret Panter has produced a useful leaflet with photos and drawings to help people distinguish between Needle Grasses and Native Grasses. You can download a PDF version of the pamphlet here. Contact Margaret Panter on 5470 5072 between 7am and … Continue reading

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