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Batesford, Fyansford Stonehaven Landcare Group


A year in the life of the Batesford, Fyansford, Stonehaven Landcare Group – what we’ve done in 2016.

 

Protecting and restoring native vegetation and weed control
We helped the owners of the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary plan their vegetation management program so they could continue their work eradicating weeds, planting indigenous flora to enhance the variety of plants and the habitat for native animals, birds and insects. 

Pest control
In late summer we continued our efforts to control the destructive rabbit population by conducting a rabbit baiting program in the local area with the assistance of mail outs and advice by Golden Plains Shire and City of Greater Geelong.  We also continued our efforts to educate the community about the seriousness of this problem for Australian farmers, the economy, and the health of our flora and fauna and therefore our biodiversity. Cats and foxes also contribute enormously to the disappearance of native animals.

Working with councils
We enlisted the support of the City of Greater Geelong’s  Environment Team for works in the Moorabool River Reserve and the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary. Golden Plains has assisted both financially and in kind with some of our projects including Red Gum Reserve.

Working with schools - education and hands on work
Over some years we have developed a schools program and education and planning on a regular basis continues.  These programs include Covenant College, St Joseph’s College and Geelong College. In conjunction with the City of Greater Geelong we conducted a schools program educating students about  significant species and communities  of flora and fauna,  recognition of pest plants and animals and ongoing maintenance issues in the Moorabool River Reserve and the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary. We also get involved with National Tree Day for Schools. 

Community Working Bee
We organized a community working bee, with around 100 people including 30 children, to pull boneseed, an extremely invasive weed in the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, (also seen at the You Yangs).

National Tree Days
We conducted two days of very successful National Tree Day events for both schools and general public in Moorabool River Reserve and Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary. 

Promoting our cause- We designed and printed a promotional brochure for our BFS Landcare Group aided by a grant from the Golden Plains Shire and distributed it through a letterbox drop to 300 households.  We also manned a stand at the Batesford Family Fun Day to inform the locals about the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary and also the challenges to the ongoing health of the Moorabool River. We wrote topical articles about Landcare issues for the Bannockburn News. We prepared flyers about our events and distributed them locally.  On two occasions we manned the Geelong Landcare Network’s stand at the Bannockburn Farmers’ Market  spreading the word about the role of Landcare and advising people about tree planting, controlling weeds and pests and other related issues.

National Landcare Conference
Together with the Geelong Landcare Network, of which our group is a part, we hosted a visit of delegates to see the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary.

We met every second month
and invited some interesting speakers, including Stephen Murphy speaking about the revegetation of rural landscapes, and Elissa Ashton Smith from GLN speaking about the Governments 2 million trees program and how it will be applied in this region. We contribute 2 representatives to serve on the Geelong Landcare Network committee under whose umbrella we belong, and report back to our BFS Group about the region’s activities in Landcare, various grants, programs, workshops and other forms of assistance which are available to us.

A combined effort
With the help of our volunteers, councils, school groups and the Green Army we have worked in the areas seen on the map throughout the year assisting with maintenance weed control, and new planting.

Finally
we shared an excellent Christmas lunch!  No need to elaborate …

For those who have worked with us this year we send many thanks for giving up some of your time to contribute and we hope to see you again sometime. BFS Landcare Group members are all volunteers, a very small group and we would love to have more volunteers to call on from time to time. If you would like to be involved please let us know.

It can be rewarding working in our beautiful local landscape which we are so fortunate to have on our door step, knowing that you are making a difference, no matter how small. It all adds up !  So let’s  try and look after it not only for now but for future generations.  It’s more fragile than you think.  We learn so much about our own planet from observing and being in the natural world.

Phone: 5276 1453 for more information, have a look at www.dogrockssanctuary.org or  contact geelonglandcarenetwork@gmail.com and have a look at GLN on facebook.