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Events

Spring has sprung - and so has our Spring into Nature event series for 2016!

Come and visit private conservation properties across Victoria to learn about native plants and wildlife; enjoy the outdoors and hear from people who work to conserve nature on private land. This is a unique chance to visit properties that are not usually open to the public.

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Single page list of events for Spring into Nature 2016 (PDF)

Full program of all events for Spring into Nature 2016 (PDF)

 

GOULBURN BROKEN

Wild flower walk at Naringaningalook Grasslands

Join Dr Doug Robinson (Trust for Nature) on a beautiful grassland wildflower walk through Naringaningalook. There have been more than 130 types of indigenous plants found on this 18 ha property, which is listed as a threatened community. After the walk, shrubs will be planted as part of the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Project. BYO lunch. Morning tea provided.

Date and time: Sunday 18 September 2016, 10:30am - 1pm

Location: Corner Loofs and Labuan Road, Naring (park outside the Naring Fire Shed)

Cost: Free

>> Register online now

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Good Lizard Hunting - The 'Grass Snakes', that aren't snakes!

Have you seen a Legless Lizard? Each year we organise surveys to try to find these amazing and elusive little creatures. Not much is known about them and this threatened species is fast disappearing from grasslands and woodlands across northern Victoria. Get your family together to see what we can find under rocks and logs in the beautiful Chesney Vale Hills. Hear from local farmers and scientists, about how we can all look after grasslands and woodlands for Striped Legless Lizards and all native animals and plants. Delicious lunch to follow after the event.

Date and time: Sunday 25 September 2016, 9am - 11.30am

Location: Chesney Vale Rd, Chesney Vale. A map will be sent on booking.

Cost: Free

Event registration closes: Friday 23 September 2016

Event contact: Mary Anderson by email at marya@tfn.org.au or mobile 0459179519.

What to bring/wear: As this is a reptile search closed shoes and long pants must be worn. Please bring any field guides you may have, a camera and binoculars.

>> Register online now

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WIMMERA

Discover Bank Australia's Conservation Reserve

In a world-first, Bank Australia established a Conservation Reserve in 2008 to offset the environmental effects of some its lending activity. The Reserve, on the traditional lands of the Wotjobaluk people, is protected forever with a Trust for Nature covenant. Come discover the Bank’s Conservation Reserve in the West Wimmera, home to threatened Buloke woodlands and the endangered Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. You’ll learn about the Reserve’s resident plants and animals, and staff of the Barengi Gadjin Land Council will run Indigenous-themed activities suitable for both adults and children. School groups who are interested in coming along, please contact us. A BBQ lunch will be provided.

Date and time: Thursday 6 October 2016, 10am - 2pm

Location: Coopers Rd, off the Kaniva-Edenhope Rd, Minimay

Cost: Free

Event registration closes: Friday 30 September 2016

Event contact: Fiona Copley by email at fionac@tfn.org.au or mobile 0408177989.

What to bring/wear: Snacks, sturdy shoes and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather on the day.

>> Register online now

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NORTH CENTRAL

Landowners looking after grasslands

Join the Northern Plains Conservation Management Network, Trust for Nature and Dr David Baker-Gabb, renowned expert on Plains-wanderer, in launching Managing Native Grasslands for Plains-wanderers Field Guide. Hear from Dr Dan Harley, Threatened Species Biologist with Zoos Victoria, about their Fighting Extinction Programme and the plan to start captive-breeding Plains-wanderers in 2017. Accompany Paul Foreman, grassland ecologist for a walk across Andy and Judy McGillivray’s property, and learn how to survey for threatened grassland flora species such as the nationally listed Swainson-peas. Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival, followed by a BBQ lunch and afternoon tea.

Date and time: Friday 7 October 2016, 10am - 2.30pm

Location: McIntyre Road, off Roslynmead Road, Torrumbarry

Cost: Free

Event contact: Kirsten Hutchison by email at kirstenh@tfn.org.au or mobile 0459168865

What to bring/wear: Please wear sturdy walking shoes, bring a camp chair, sunhat, binoculars, warm coat, sunscreen and a bottle of water.

>> Register with North Central Catchment Management Authority by email at info@nccma.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 5448 7124 by Monday 3 October 2016.

Download the event brochure (PDF)

NORTH EAST

Springhurst community lizard hunt!

Each year we organise surveys to try to find the amazing and elusive Striped Legless Lizard. Not much is known about this threatened species, which is fast disappearing from grasslands and woodlands across northern Victoria. With your help, we can learn more about where they might be living and have a better chance of protecting them. Come to the beautiful Springhurst Hills to hear from farmers, Fay and Chris, and local scientists, about how we can all look after grasslands and woodlands for Striped Legless Lizards and all native animals and plants. A delicious morning tea and lunch provided.

Date and time: Sunday 9 October 2016, 9am - 1pm

Location: 199 Naylors Road. A map will be sent on booking

Cost: Free

Event registration closes: Monday 3 October 2016

Event contact: Mary Anderson by email at marya@tfn.org.au or mobile 0459179519

What to bring/wear: As this is a reptile search closed shoes and long pants must be worn. Please bring any field guides you may have, a camera and binoculars.

>> Register online now

Download the event brochure (PDF)

WEST GIPPSLAND

Cryptic Crayfish of West Gippsland nature walk and talk

Uralla Nature Reserve is home to Burrowing Crayfish, fascinating creatures whose presence is usually only recognised by the burrows and intriguing mud chimneys they construct. West Gippsland is home to several threatened species of Burrowing Crayfish which are the focus of current surveys at the Trust’s Reserves. Join us on a nature walk with Dr Beverley van Praagh, a leading burrowing crayfish researcher, to look for these cryptic creatures and to hear about the survey methods and results.

Date and time: Sunday 16 October 2016, 10am - 12.30pm

Location: Uralla Nature Reserve, Giles Road Trafalgar

Cost: Free

Event registration closes: Wednesday 12 October

Event contact: John Hick by email at johnh@tfn.org.au or mobile 0437589317.

What to bring/wear: Bring a picnic lunch for after the event, snacks, sturdy shoes and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather on the day.

>> Register online now

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PORT PHILLIP & WESTERNPORT

Wanderslore Sanctuary nature and art combined

Located in the Yarra Valley, east of Melbourne, this 10 hectare property is an oasis of native vegetation in an area now heavily subdivided. The land was donated to Trust for Nature in 1987 by the late Constance Coleman - an artist, poet, teacher and nature lover. Enjoy a guided or self-guided walk through creeks and gullies, ferns and grasses, fungi and open forests. Meet members of the ‘Friends of Wanderslore‘ and celebrate the history and ecology of this property with light refreshments (supplied), before wandering through a photographic exhibition.

Date and time: Sunday 23 October 2016, 10am - 4pm

Location: 2180 Warburton Highway, Launching Place

Cost: Free

Event contact: Ben Cullen by email at benc@tfn.org.au or mobile 0407044821.

What to bring/wear: Sturdy shoes, water bottle, raincoat/sunscreen.

>> Register online now

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Celebrate 30 Years of Landcare with Spring into Nature at Tootgarook Swamp

Come along to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Landcare in Victoria by joining Trust for Nature, Port Philip Catchment Management Authority and the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network at Boneo Park Equestrian Centre. The Boneo Park property is made up of a variety of habitat types spanning approximately 330ha, which include 170ha of wetlands. In 2013, over 200h of land was placed under a conservation covenant with Trust for Nature to ensure it is protected into the future. Tootgarook Swamp is a ground water dependent ecosystem making it very unique with an adjacent Moonah Woodland. These areas provide habitat for the threatened, Australasian Bittern, which hides among the dense reeds at Boneo Park. It also provides habitat for the Southern Emu-wren, once widespread on the Mornington Peninsula and now only found at the wetland. Join us for a fun-filled and interesting afternoon, which will include guided tours of this spectacular property, interesting presentations and a delicious high tea. Dr James Fitzsimons, Director of Conservation at The Nature Conservancy, will also give a presentation on his book “Linking The Landscape” and the importance of forming biolinks across the country. Please bring your binoculars, appropriate footwear for walking and dress for the weather!

Date and time: Saturday 5 November 2016, 1pm - 5pm

Location: 312 Boneo Road, Boneo

Cost: Free

Event contact: Ben Cullen by email at benc@tfn.org.au or mobile 0407044821.

Event registrations close: 27 October 2016

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GLENELG HOPKINS

Pallisters Reserve Open Day

Enjoy wetlands and spot a Brolga at Pallisters Wetland Reserve. This Trust for Nature property is a 254ha wetland managed by the Friends of Pallisters Reserve Inc. Come and see wildflowers; and koalas in the woodlands. The friendly and welcoming Committee of Management will showcase the work they have carried out in this interesting and diverse nature reserve near the coastal town of Port Fairy. Morning, afternoon tea and provided, plus lunch.

Date and time: Sunday 23 October 2016, 10am - 2pm

Location: 457 Masons Road, Orford

Cost: Free

Event registration closes: Wednesday 19 October 2016

Event contact: Adam Merrick by email at adamm@tfn.org.au or mobile 0437589317.

>> Register online now

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