Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Pizza party in the park – Intrepid Landcare

Posted on 14 January, 2019 by Asha

Are you a young person? Do you want to help care for our land and the environment?
Do you like pizza???

Come along and chat about starting an Intrepid Landcare group for people aged 18-35 years. Pizza and music provided, BYO drinks. Call or text 0418 428 721 for more information.

When: Saturday 9 February 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: Castlemaine Botanical Gardens (near the rotunda), Castlemaine VIC

CLICK HERE to download the flier, and please feel free to share!



Work with Connecting Country – monitoring and engagement roles

Posted on 9 January, 2019 by Frances

Our fabulous Monitoring and Engagement Coordinator, Tanya Loos, will soon be moving on from her role at Connecting Country to focus on her writing career. This means we have an exciting opportunity for one or two hardworking people with experience in natural resource management to join our established community-run organisation. Connecting Country works with landholders and community groups to restore landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region of central Victoria, on both public and private land. Further information about our work is available on our website (

Monitoring Coordinator role
Connecting Country’s biodiversity monitoring began in 2010. Rigorous, long-term monitoring is essential to determine if threatened species are declining, or if our on-ground habitat restoration is successfully increasing populations of at-risk species. The Monitoring Coordinator is responsible for managing Connecting Country’s biodiversity monitoring activities, in accordance with our strategic plan, and leading their strategic evolution over time. Woodland bird monitoring is the major focus, but monitoring also encompasses nest box surveys, reptile and frog surveys and vegetation surveys.

Engagement Coordinator role
Community engagement is central to Connecting Country’s ongoing efforts towards habitat enhancement and healthy environments in the Mount Alexander Region. The Engagement Coordinator is responsible for overseeing Connecting Country’s community engagement activities, in accordance with our strategic plan, and leading their strategic evolution over time. Engagement encompasses community workshops and events, media communications, engagement with project partners and funders, and interactions with community groups, volunteers and individuals.

Further information
These are two separate, part-time roles (two days per week each) based in Castlemaine, Victoria. They are 12 month contract positions, with contract extension subject to performance and funding availability. For further details about the roles, please refer to the full position descriptions:

  • Monitoring Coordinator position description – click here
  • Engagement Coordinator position description – click here

If you have any questions, please contact Frances on 03 5472 1594 (Monday to Thursday) or

How to apply
Please provide your written application by email to by 28 January 2019, including a brief application letter summarising your suitability for the role and curricula vitae demonstrating your relevant skills and experience.


Eltham Copper Butterfly search – 12 January 2019

Posted on 8 January, 2019 by Frances

Eltham Copper Butterfly monitoring workshop and search is on! Join local ecologists Elaine Bayes and Karl Just to look for this threatened species.

When:   Saturday 12 January 2019 from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm
Where: Meet at the water tanks at the end of Hunter St, before junction with Kalimna Park Tourist Rd in Kalimna Park, Castlemaine, VIC
Bring:   Field gear (good shoes, hat, water bottle, sun screen, etc.), pen or pencil, a pair of binoculars and camera if you have them

The aim is to learn how to search for Eltham Copper Butterfly and search for some, if time allows. You will learn:

  • How to identify Eltham Copper Butterfly and avoid confusion with other similar butterflies.
  • Data collection method.
  • How to use an app for data recording.

Eltham Copper Buttlerfly has a wingspan of only 2-3 cm.

If you already feel comfortable with how to identify Eltham Copper Butterfly and how to record data, then get out there and have a search!

Click here for a data sheet with method and photos to help with butterfly identification.

Click here for a map of the park divided into areas. You can either choose one area or use it to describe where you have searched.

We’re particularly keen to check for Eltham Copper Butterfly in the shaded green area of the map, as there is a planned burn in this area.  A burn would kill the butterflies, so your data will be very important. If possible please take photos of any Eltham Copper Butterflies you find, as extra confirmation they are present.

Not an Eltham Copper Butterfly! This Common Brown Butterfly has a wingspan of 6-7 cm.

Mid to late December through to the end of March is when Eltham Copper Butterfly are flying, with a peak in December to January. Another butterfly search will be held on Saturday 16 February 2019.

For further information please contact Elaine Bayes (