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Excursion to Chepstowe, Snake Valley and Linton areas.

Excursion to Chepstowe, Snake Valley and Linton areas

Led by John and Elaine Gregurke . 5 November 2017.

By the time we reached Chepstowe the weather was warming and at lunch we sat in calm sunshine at Mag Dam Rec Reserve in Snake Valley. The wildflowers at places visited were magnificent. Our outing ended at the Memorial for the 5 fire fighters tragically killed in the 1998 bushfire near Linton – a very moving visit. Fourteen field naturalists attended the field-trip including Tony from Bendigo club.

Neville Oddie (land owner) chats with club members, with wind farm and turbines behind.

 Mr Neville Oddie (OAM and long time conservationist and Aboriginal rights activist) welcomed us and then us showed just some of the many aspects of the property that reveal his exceptional knowledge and dedication to nature conservation issues. Continue reading


Woowookarung (Canadian) Regional Park – Monitoring Vegetation Change 2013-16

Five examples of Photo-Point data  –  recorded in Aug-Sept 2013 and 2016.
The examples are from 17 sites being recorded by Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat.
A Map showing approximate locations of the 5 sites is shown on the 2nd last slide.

Example one – This is on a City of Ballarat road reserve (Clayton St) in the north-central part of the Park facing South, and contrasts stongly with intact native forest on the northern side of the road (not shown here).  The first photo point image is of newly harvested bluegum planatation land in 2013.
The second photo in 
2016 shows much improved soil cover, with many native tree sedlings. But also vigorous English Broom seedlings, which may grow to dominate this site unless controlled.  



Example two – Shows Bluegum ex-plantation land after harvest, looking south towards Recreation Road near the centre of the Park. The second photo, taken in 2016, shows much improved soil cover and good regeneration of Eucalypts, Blackwood, and numerous native shrubs – mainly Cassinia arcuata.


Example three – is wet site in a natural drainage line, looking south towards Olympic Avenue.  The second slide taken 3 years later in 2016 shows heavy invasion of Gorse, English Broom and exotic grasses, with some sedges and Cassinia 
Example four –  This photo point is north of  Katy Ryans Rd looking south towards Dozed Rd.  The firs photo shows almost bare land after hardvest of bluegums and ripping.  The second photo, taken in 2016 shows fairly well improved soil cover, with some invasive weeds (Gorse) and native shrubs (mainly Cassini arcuata and a few Blackwood tree seedlingsSlides4aPPT14LookingSouth.jpg


Example five – is located between Katy Ryans Rd and Doved Rd looking west near the centre of the park.  In the forst photo taken in 2013, the rip lines made after harvest are clealy visible and fairly bare slopes.
The secod photo, taen in 2016, shows much improved soil cover with mainly Cassinia species and a few Eucalypt seedlings. The large tree is a Blue Gum – remnant from the plantations harvested in 2011.

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Many thanks to Colin Hancock of Ballarat Bushwalking and Outdoor Club for help with photography and GPS work. We were able to return to within 1 metre of the marker pegs at 16 of 17 sites, after 3 years.

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Further information:
A link to some published information on this community vegetation monitoring project is available at  Woowookarung MonitoringPosterforPres2017

The photo below shows Ballarat bushwalkers (BBOC) walkig through ex-plantation land in SE Woowookarung Regional Park in 2015 – through areas of rapidly invading shrubby weeds Burgan and English Broom, which are seeding heavily.

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