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

Meeting Minutes February 2015

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

Lakes and Blooms of Algae

algaeLake Bolac is more than just a basin containing water. In a social sense it is a place of recreation and scenic beauty, and occasionally a water supply in the past.

However, in a biological sense, it is habitat for a huge diversity of birds and fish, invertebrates, plants and algae.

Most people only see the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in relation to the living things that occupy the lake: the fish and birds. The rest of the ‘iceberg’ are the things that fish and birds eat: invertebrates (critters, worms and bugs in the water), and what they eat: plants and algae. Click here to read this one-pager – Lakes and Blooms of algae

Birds Feeding on Lake Bolac

As Lake Bolac dried down in 2008 it became a feeding place for a huge number of water birds. It looks like the Lake is currently in the same state. (Photos by Michelle Casanova)

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Meeting Minutes January 2015

Meeting Minutes December 2014

National Landcare Conference Papers

image002-2Here is a link to Landcare Australia’s website where you can find the presentations given by the keynote speakers, and panel discussions at the National Landcare Conference, Sept 2014.

http://www.landcareonline.com.au/nationalconference

 

Fire Forum

Living with fire in our landscape

10th September 2014, 9.30am, Fireworld, Streatham

Click here to download the flyer and running sheet – Fire Forum.  click here to download the media release – Fire forum media release

 

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Who Dug Here?

John Anderson reported this ‘bird hole’ dug by swans and ducks on the verge of one of his lakes (Cockajemmy Lakes) near Willaura. The birds dig to find less saline water to wash their beaks as the the lakes are so salty – bird hole about 10000 ecu and lakes about 30000 ecu.
The brolgas favour another lake and dig differently…
Digging by brolga

Digging by brolga

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Hole dug by swan or duck