Central Victoria field trip — 3 spaces left
Monday 28 October – 8:00 am to Tuesday 29 October – 6:00 pm
From Bush Stone-curlews, bandicoots and Regent Honeyeaters to Billy Buttons, orchids and Bluebells, Central Victoria is home to an amazing diversity of native plants and animals. In fact, the region contains more native species than can be found in the whole of Europe.
Despite being one of the most fragmented landscapes in Australia there is much to celebrate. Impressive work is underway to protect and connect the landscape, to work with and harness the knowledge of Traditional Owners and to transition to agricultural practices that restore and nurture the land.
Join us this spring for a special two-day trip to meet land managers, scientists, joint national park managers, campaigners, farmers and community leaders. Visit a range of sites to see great work in action and explore opportunities for funding.
Cost: $790 per head. This covers all accommodation, meals and transport.
Places are limited so make sure you register early to secure your ticket.
Email Vikki Foord at firstname.lastname@example.org
Day one – Monday 28 October
Depart Melbourne CBD bright and early (8.00am) and travel towards Maldon. On the bus we will learn about the unique ecology of Central Victoria, land use history and current patterns and the challenges and opportunities for landscape scale biodiversity conservation from Chris Timewell, BirdLife Australia. Sophie Bickford, Biolinks Alliance, will outline the key partners needed for successful landscape scale work and some of the initiatives underway.
Morning tea at Mt Tarrengower, panoramic view of the landscape and discussion with botanist Paul Forman.
Baringhup grasslands: Once extensive, today less than one per cent of Victorian grassland ecosystems remain. As identified in Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, Aboriginal People actively cultivated and managed grass and tuber food crops. There is work underway to explore revitalising Aboriginal food and fibre crops, which would in turn restore the health of native grasslands.
Inglewood for a Sustainable food systems and agriculture lunch. We will hear from:
- Kirsten Larson, Melbourne University Sustainable Society Institute – sustainable agriculture and food systems.
- Danny Pettingill, Loddon Plains Landcare Network – GOANNA project and new regional agriculture strategy.
- Michelle Young, Fenner School of Environment & Society (ANU) on the Sustainable Farms project.
- Local regenerative and no-till agriculture practitioner.
Kooyoora State Park: Trent Nelson, Chair of Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Dja Dja Wurrung Team Leader at Parks Victoria, Dean Lonza, Parks Victoria Team Leader and Doug Humann, Deputy Chair, Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board – joint park management and short walk to visit cultural sites.
Balgownie Estate Bendigo:
- Reception to meet and hear from local organisations
- Private dinner
Day two – Tuesday 29 October
Travel to Kyneton via Heathcote visiting sites that demonstrate local action on landscape scale conservation across and hearing from the landholders and groups involved.
Colenso, Kyneton for lunch with a focus on seasonal, local produce: Hear from Victorian National Parks Association Nature Conservation Campaigner Shannon Hurley on work to see better protection of and improved funding for natural places in Central Victoria and across the state.
Wombat State Park: Walk and talk with Gayle Osbourne of Wombat Forestcare on the campaign to protect the Wombat forest and adjacent biolinks and the critical role of citizen science in building the evidence base for better protection of public land.
Return to Melbourne CBD approximately 6.00pm.
More about one of our speakers
Long-time Central Victorian resident and BirdLife ecologist Chris Timewell will travel with us on day one.
Chris is a Castlemaine-based ecologist with more than 20 years-experience in south-eastern Australian environments in both a professional capacity and as a volunteer. He is employed as a Woodland Bird Project Coordinator at BirdLife Australia, where he is involved in a range of programs to engage the public and support citizen scientists to conserve and research declining bird species in woodland habitats.
He has previously worked as a consultant, providing advice on environmental matters to private industry and various government and non-government sectors. More recently, he was the manager of a not-for-profit community-based organisation, Connecting Country, whose aim is to improve landscape health in the Mount Alexander region of central Victoria. He is a passionate birdwatcher in his spare time and is involved in local Landcare and field naturalist clubs.