Which frog makes that sound?

This Glenelg Hopkins CMA page plays the sounds of our common frogs. (Click on E – Frogs of the Glenelg Hopkins region)

Some special things in our catchment

Fiery Creek – connecting the catchment (video)
Have you ever looked at an Eastern Barred Bandicoot ? (video)

Plains wanderers used to be common on the basalt plains

BBCAG seeking NRM Projects

Do you live in the Lake Bolac Catchment region? Are you interested in undertaking a Natural Resource Management project and would like to apply for funding assistance?

Beyond Bolac Catchment Action Group is seeking Expression of Interests (EOI) from land managers for natural resource management projects within the H11 H12 sub-catchment area. There are a number of funding opportunities which arise throughout the year which BBCAG can apply for. By proactively identifying project ideas, BBCAG can greatly increase the chances of developing successful projects and receiving funding when made available.  The next round of Victorian Landcare Grants will open June/July this year. Projects that include the following on-ground works are encouraged to submit an EOI

  • Revegetation,
  • Riparian and wetland restoration,
  • Remnant vegetation protection,
  • Erosion control,
  • Salinity management and
  • Invasive plants and animal management

BBCAG is also interested if you have any ideas for workshop, forums or training covering Natural Resource Management or Sustainable Farming Practices and any ideas for innovative farm trials for sustainable practices.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) process is a starting point to plan projects and develop partnerships. Please note that an EOI is not a funding application, but it is a simple form intended to capture your project ideas. Beyond Bolac CAG’s facilitator will review the ideas and decide what projects can be developed into full project plans to be submitted for funding as opportunities arise.  Please feel free to download and complete the EOI form BBCAG NRM EOI Form April 2017 or email beyondbolac@outlook.com with your project ideas.

Volunteers Required

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Beyond Bolac CAG is seeking help to weed the Native Grass Plantation on the Foreshore at Lake Bolac. The weeds, particularly the dreaded silver grass, have grown rapidly following recent heavy rain and we are looking for assistance to have the site presentable for the expected influx of summer visitors.

The plantation is really starting to fill out and develop well. Many of the natives are flowering and it is a treat to wander through the slope and have a close up look at the variety of locally propagated wildflowers and native grasses.

Many groups have worked hard at the site this year. In August, the Drought Relief Crew from Ararat spent a day weeding, preparing the site for LBC Yr 7 & 8 students to continue assisting with the planting schedule. The Green Army has also assisted twice this year. Thanks also to Ron Hogan who has spent many hours quietly chipping away, enjoying the beautiful setting beside the lake.

We are looking for local volunteers to put in two hours per week from 9:00 am – 11:00 am on Monday mornings until the beginning of December. Many hands make light work, and it will be a good opportunity to learn about the natives in our region and enjoy some social interaction.

Please phone Nolene Fraser on  0438 502 268 if you can help; the day and time can be altered to suit.

 

Beyond Bolac Biodiversity Blueprint

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The Beyond Bolac Catchment Action Group have developed a Biodiversity Blueprint for the H11 H12 catchment which was funded by The Norman Wettenhall Foundation’s Landscape Restoration Project over the last 12 months. The Biodiversity Blueprint provides a snapshot of the current health of the catchment, a strategic plan and project wish list for the group to work towards over the next 5 years as well as a series of biodiversity maps.  The document will enable BBCAG to make decision on where to invest future funding and resources to achieve large scale, landscape restoration of the H11 H12 catchment area together with its many stakeholders. The Blueprint was launched at the premier of the Fiery Creek- Connecting the Catchment documentary by Beth Mellick from The Norman Wettenhall Foundation. Please contact Jileena to request a copy of the Beyond Bolac Biodiversity Blueprint.

Latest Newsletter is out

Here is the latest Beyond Bolac newsletter – Beyond Bolac newsletter Sept 2016

Upper Hopkins News

Native Grass Planting and Working Bee

Here are photos from the Native Grass Planting and Working Bee on the Lake Bolac Foreshore, June 2015.

David Franklin of Grasslands Flora talking to yr 9 students about propagating native grasses and wildflowers, Lake Bolac Foreshore

David Franklin of Grasslands Flora talking to yr 9 students about propagating native grasses and wildflowers, Lake Bolac Foreshore

Energetic work on a cold day

Energetic work on a cold day

Volunteers spreading tan bark

Volunteers spreading tan bark

Working together, lots of fun

Working together, lots of fun

 

 

 

Careful planting

Careful planting

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Lake Bolac College students working alongside Yr 9 students from Gnurag-Gundidj Leadership School, Glenormiston Campus, spreading tanbark on the slope.

 

 

Native Grasses on Lake Bolac Foreshore

Native grasses on Lake Bolac foreshore that are regenerating after a hot burn in December 2014.

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Hand weeded and tan-barked section of the native grass and wildflower plantation on Lake Bolac foreshore. The bare section of slope in the distance is the area that was burnt in December 2014 to control the weed problem.

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Native grasses regenerating after the hot burn.

An Evening with the Birds

yellow-faced honeyeaterAn Evening with the Birds on April 14th 2015, starting at 6.30 for dinner at the Ararat Hotel. Guest speaker Rob Drummond will talk on bird photography and bird monitoring, followed by the Upper Hopkins Land Management Group’s AGM. This is a free event. Click here to download the flyer for more details AGM Flier

Upper Hopkins LM Group Newsletter

Native Planting


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Beyond Bolac has been supporting the efforts of the Eel Festival Committee to educate the local community on the value of our native grassland vegetation.On the volcanic plains there is less than 1% of the native grassland vegetation remaining. Most of that is on the roadsides, with very little in paddocks.The lake-side plantation was planned to make an amenity area of a space that was difficult to maintain (very steep for mowing). Its in a public area, so likely to expose the public to the diversity and attractiveness of the local vegetation. It has also been an effective trial on how to establish a diverse grassland from first principals, since there were no native species to start with.Similarly there has been the establishment of a ‘seed orchard’ of local provenance at the East Beach, with good survivorship of the first planting. This consists of local shrubby species that have all but disappeared from the local area.The aims of these plantations are to:

1) educate the local community about the aesthetic value of native vegetation
2) encourage local people to undertake similar plantings

The planting was done by Eel Festival goers and students from Lake Bolac College in 2011 and 2102.

The grassland planting at the edge of the lake contains a number of local wildflowers:

Pink Bindweed: Convolvulus erubescens
Yam daisy: Microseris lanceolata
Running postman: Kennedia prostrata
Austral Bluebells: Whallenbergia spp.
Common Everlasting: Chrysocephala apiculatum
Bulbine Lilies: Bulbine bulbosa
Chocolate Lilies: Arthropodium strictum