Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Happy holiday ideas from Connecting Country 2022

Posted on 20 December, 2022 by Frances

On behalf of the Connecting Country team, we warmly wish all our subscribers a safe and festive holiday season. Once again, a huge thank you to our marvellous volunteers, members, landholders, donors and other supporters for your invaluable contributions during 2022.

The Connecting Country office will be closed for a short break from 5 pm on Thursday 22 December 2022 until Tuesday 3 January 2023, although some staff will be on leave until 16 January.

As we approach the end of 2022, we hope you enjoy a chance to celebrate and to connect with our special local environment. With this unseasonably cool and wet summer, there’s sure to be lots to see out in the bush.

If you’re looking for some time out or an activity to do over the holiday season, here is some inspiration:

  • Grab our ‘Birdwalk for beginners’ brochure and take a leisurely morning or evening bird walk along Forest Creek in Castlemaine – click here
  • Book in for our Eltham Copper Butterfly workshop on 14 January 2023 – only four places remaining! – click here
  • Get a copy of our ‘Landcare stickybeak tour 2022’ map and take yourself on an exploration of local Landcare work sites – click here
  • Catch up on Connecting Country’s recent achievements with our 2022 annual report – click here
  • Select a walk from Damian Kelly’s excellent book on ‘Castlemaine Bird Walks: A guide to walks and birds in the Castlemaine district’ – click here
  • Go exploring with Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forest’s ‘Twenty Bushwalks in the Mount Alexander Region’ book  – click here
  • Take photos of the bush in our region and submit your favourite to the ‘FOBIF turns 25’ exhibition by 1 February 2023 – click here
  • Download the INaturalist app and start recording, sharing and identifying the plants, animals and fungi in your local bushland – click here
  • Use the FrogID app to record frog calls and identify the many frogs enjoying our recent wet weather – click here
  • Stay tuned for Connecting Country’s new large tree mapping project.


Connecting Country staff team – past and present – celebrating the end of 2022 (photo by Frances Howe)


Connecting Country staff enjoyed a lovely summer evening together (photo by Tanya Loos)

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