Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

You, me & biodiversity: revegetation talk with David Millsom

Posted on 4 April, 2019 by Jacqui

Wombat Forestcare is hosting an opportunity to learn about maximising revegetation success with David Millsom , an experienced revegetation practitioner.

When:    Saturday 27 April 2019 from 1.30 to 3.00 pm
Where:   Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, Cnr Market and High St, Trentham, Victoria
Cost:      Gold coin donation

For more information: contact or see

The talk will cover:

  • Drivers for and development of large scale revegetation techniques.
  • Site preparation for tubestock and direct seeding.
  • Site selection.
  • Species selection – what to plant and why.
  • Provenance, origin of the term and what genetics are telling us.
  • Seed treatments – overview of how to maximise germination, use of smoke, heat, cold and other methods.
  • Research, development and application of live bacteria innoculant for native legumes.
  • How to maximise chance of success in a drying and hotter climate.


Friends of Campbells Creek working bee: 7 April 2019

Posted on 4 April, 2019 by Ivan

With the cooler weather arriving, Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare are kicking off a working bee this weekend, aimed at establishing another viable population of Goldfields Grevillea (Grevillea dryophylla). Wattle Flat Forest (west of Barkers Creek) is the only place in Mount Alexander Shire with a natural population of Goldfields Grevillea.  This means it is vulnerable to wildfire and other threats.

Goldfields Grevillea (photo by Bonnie Humphreys)

For the last five years or so, Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare have been experimenting with re-establishing this plant at Campbells Creek, near Castlemaine, Victoria.  Not only have plants survived, they have set seed and recruited a second generation! This is great news.  By creating another larger population at Campbells Creek, they will increase the plant’s chance of surviving in the shire and improve habitat quality along the creek, as the flowers attract honeyeaters and other nectar-feeding animals.

Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare will be direct sowing the seeds of this interesting plant, plus some other wildflowers that are doing well in this area, including Leucochrysum albicans, Wahlenbergia multicaulis and Xerochrysum viscosum. Morning tea will be provided around midday.

Direct sowing of Goldfields Grevillea at Campbells Creek

When:      Sunday 7 April 2019 from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, followed by morning tea

Meet at:   North end of Honeycomb Rd, Campbells Creek VIC (just past the last of the houses)      

Bring:       Wear sturdy clothing suitable for the weather on the day, hat and gloves
                  Bring your own water and if you can, a metal toothed rake or similar implement




Checking the health of our Key Biodiversity Areas: 12 April 2019

Posted on 2 April, 2019 by Ivan

BirdLife International has identified areas of conservation importance around the world as Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). This includes KBAs right here in our region – the Bendigo Box Ironbark area. Our KBAs were designated especially for their importance for two special birds, Diamond Firetail and Swift Parrot, and cover both public and private land.

Our three KBAs in the Mount Alexander Shire (VIC) are:

  • Clydesdale-Strangways.
  • Sandon-Strathlea.
  • Muckleford-Newstead.

Birdlife’s Easter health check takes an annual snapshot of the threat and conservation actions of the areas that matter most to birds. BirdLife compares results between KBAs across Australia and around the globe. The results are extremely valuable, especially for identifying species decline and targeting conservation work. For more information on the KBA and the Easter health check process click here.

BirdLife is looking for local people to complete a 2019 Easter health check for each KBA. To assist, Connecting Country is running a workshop on Friday 12 April 2019 in Newstead.  We’ve invited Greg Turner from BirdLife Victoria to take us through the process for our part of the Bendigo Box Ironbark area. Geoff Nevill from the Muckleford Forest Friends Group will also talk about his group’s work in the region.

This annual check is all about assessing habitat and its threats. Anyone with an interest in landscape restoration is most welcome to come along and get involved, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced birdwatcher.

Volunteers Eleanor and Jenny surveying the Muckleford KBA (photo by Connecting Country)

Please come along to this workshop to learn how you can participate in the Easter Health Check for our local KBAs:

  • Learn about the KBA’s in the Mount Alexander Shire.
  • Find out about KBA Easter Health Check – what it is and how to do it.
  • Meet other people working with KBAs.

Where: Newstead Community Centre Mechanics Hall, 9 Lyons St, Newstead VIC

When: Friday 12 April 2019: 9.00 to 11.30 am

Bookings: Please click here

This is a free event, with morning tea and refreshments provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Ivan Carter at Connecting Country on (03) 5472 1594 or

This event is supported by funding from the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.