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Get to know the Fryerstown Grevillea with Castlemaine Field Naturalists – 14-15 October 2022

Posted on 5 October, 2022 by Ivan

As a monthly tradition, our friends at Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club hold a meeting with a guest speaker on the second Friday of the month, followed by a group excursion or field trip the following day. Castlemaine Field Nats provided the following details about their October 2022 meeting and excursion, which look very interesting and exciting. All are welcome to attend. For more information on the club, please visit their website – click here

MONTHLY MEETING: Friday 14 October 2022 at 7.30pm

Location: Uniting Church Fellowship Room, Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine VIC
Speaker: Georgie Custance
Title: Monitoring Fryerstown Grevillea, a threatened species in our region

Join ecologist Georgie Custance from the Threatened Species Conservancy to learn more about a locally endemic plant, the Fryerstown Grevillea (Grevillea obtecta). Although locally common in small areas, it is not widespread and is subject to threats such as inappropriate fire management. Learn how to record and monitor this species using a threatened plant monitoring app. called ProofSafe on your smartphone or tablet.

By mapping the locations of the Fryerstown Grevillea, the Threatened Species Conservancy will be able to assess the true status of this species and the need for recovery actions to enable it to persist in the wild.

We encourage you to load the free phone app, ProofSafe, to your mobile phone or tablet before the meeting as Georgie will provide instructions on how to use it as part of her talk. For detailed instructions from the Threatened Species Conservancy on how to load and use ProofSafe, please refer to the page on our website – click here

EXCURSION: Saturday 15 October 2022 at 1.30 pm

Grevillea obtecta project – learn how to identify and record sightings of this rare species in the field
Leader: Georgie Custance

Enjoy a walk in the bush to visit some local populations of this wonderful species as well as the many other native plants that are flowering at the moment. During the walk Georgie will demonstrate how to use ProofSafe to record your sightings of Fryerstown Grevillea (Grevillea obtecta) so that we can practice what we learnt at the meeting. Location to be confirmed but either Fryers Ridge or Porcupine Ridge which are some of our best wildflower areas.

We hope to see you there to learn how to identify this rare plant and how you can contribute to its crucial monitoring and conservation.

Meet: 1.30 pm at the Octopus building in Duke St, opposite the Castle Motel, Castlemaine VIC
Bring:  Water, afternoon tea, sturdy shoes, hat and if possible, your mobile phone or tablet with the ProofSafe app. loaded.

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