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SOLN eNewsletter Friday 15th October 2010

Southern OtwayLandcare Network


 Gorse Alert!

Gorse is a highly invasive Weed of National Significance which can form dense impenetrable thickets providing a harbour for rabbits and a serious fire hazard.  Flowering times are during autumn and more prolifically during spring although flowers can be present at other times. Flowers are single or clustered yellow pea flowers.  Foliage is spiny and sometimes hairy.  This species has a limited distribution in the SOLN area and it is imperative to restrict its distribution


Control: Seedlings and smaller plants can be hand pulled or dug out making sure to remove the root system. Larger plants can be treated with the cut and paint method by cutting stems close to the ground and then immediately applying concentrated herbicide.  Plants can also be sprayed with herbicide.  For best results spray young plants before growth turns woody. Better results may be achieved using a surfactant. Plants often reshoot and follow up work is critical.

Apollo Bay Hoodies

Friends of the Hooded Plover (Apollo Bay) are a dedicated group of local volunteers who regularly monitor Hooded Plover nests at Wild dog beach and Barham River.  Collecting information on the nesting success and unfortunately too often nest failure of this threatened species, is curial to their management and conservation. 

On the 18th of September the Friends group and Birds Australia ran a monitoring workshop.  The weather wasn’t especially pleasant, so although the inside presentation section of the workshop ran well with lots of input from those who attended, we didn’t get much of a chance to view the Hooded Plover in action.

For anyone interested in finding out more about the Hooded Plover or being involved in either regular nest monitoring, or the biennial count on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of November, please contact Meg Cullen (m.cullen@birdsaustralia.com.au) or Gary McPike (gmcpike@vicnet.net.au).

Calling for Expressions of Interest for Landcare Projects 2011

Are you interested in improving the environmental health of your property? We are currently accepting expressions of interest for 2011 projects. Typical projects may include; fencing off a waterway and providing off-stream watering to exclude stock and improve water quality; revegetating a steep gully to stabilise a site of erosion; direct seeding with indigenous seed to create a biodiversity corridor; fencing off remnant bush; removing environmental weeds to protect native habitat or topping up existing Landcare project to include greater diversity. Please contact our office for an EOI form.

Having Trouble Controlling Your Blackberry? Or know someone who needs a hand?

SOLN has received funding from the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce to employ a Blackberry Officer to assist targeted Landholders in the Southern Otways with Blackberry Management plans for their properties. We are currently registering potential properties for our officer to visit, map the infestation and in consultation with  you, develop three year plans with proposed management actions and monitoring timelines to control Blackberry infestations. So, if you are having difficulty controlling Blackberry on your property,  or know someone who does please register your interest with our office ASAP. We are also investigating funding to assist with the purchase of chemicals for completing Blackberry management actions for those undertaking Blackberry management plans.

If you have aspirations to make a contribution to improving habitat and conservation in our area, talk to Landcare!

 Kristen Lees, Dianne Inglis, Luke Hynes

69-71 Nelson St. Apollo Bay. (PH) 5237 6904

~ by SOLN on October 15, 2010 .

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