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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


Canadian (Woowookarung) Regional Park – Monitoring Vegetation Change

Some examples of Photo-Point data  –  recorded in Aug-Sept 2013 & 2016.
See Map of approximate positions of example sites on last slide.
The 5 examples are drawn from 17 sites recorded by the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat.

Example one – 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.  This is a Ballarat Council road reserve, and contrasts stongly with intact native forest on the northern side of the road.


Example two – 2016 shows improved soil cover, with good regeneration of Eucalypts & Blackwood, and numerous Cassinia arcuata shrubs.


Example three – 2016 shows heavy invasion of Gorse, English Broom and exotic grasses, with some sedges and Cassinia arculeata. This is wet site in a natural drainage line.

Example four: – 2016 shows fairly well improved soil cover, with a mixture of invasive weeds (Gorse) and native shrubs (mainly Cassini arcuata and a few Blackwood ree seedlingsSlides4aPPT14LookingSouth.jpg


Example four: 2016 show good soil cover with mainly Cassinia species and a few Eucalyptus 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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Photo below shows bushwalkers (BBOC) passing through very weed infested area near powerlines in SE Canadian in 2015. Burgan and English Broom seeding heavily.

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