Mid Lachlan Landcare

Expressions of interest now open for the Glossy Black Cockatoo project

Do you live on the Kangarooby Rd./Barryrennie Rd. area around Conimbla National Park? If so, would you like to do some tree planting on your property to help out this beautiful species listed as vulnerable in NSW.

We are seeking expressions of interest with a closing date of Monday 23rd November to undertake tree planting of Allocasuarina diminuta in Autumn 2021.

Click here for the Expression of Interest form.

For more information visit our Glossy Black Cockatoo project summary.

Cowra Archibird photo competition 2020

Bought to you by the Cowra Natural Resource Management Committee and partners.

📷🦅🦜😃 YAY….it’s that time again 😃🦜🦅📷

The 🦉🕊 Archibird Prize 🦉🕊 photography competition is now open for its 2nd year. We hope you have all been busy hanging out with the birds and taking photos, we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what you have captured. Last year’s entries were fantastic. 😍️💖

Entry Details:🦜 Like & follow the Cowra NRM facebook page 👍🦜 Send us your photos via messenger or email to cowra.nrm@outlook.com 📷🦜

10 photos per person per category (there are 3 categories)🦜 Photos must be of wild Australian birds taken within 100kms of Cowra 🦜 Photos entered in last year’s competition will not be accepted🦜

Provide the following details:

* Category your entering * Name & phone number * Caption/title of photo * Location photo was taken

Entries Close Monday 9 November 2020 Goodluck

Terms & Conditions

* Photos of birds held in captivity or restrained in any manner or that have been taken using harmful or unethical practices will NOT be accepted

* Photos of baby birds in nests will also not be excepted due to the risk of causing distress to the birds.

* The committee reserves the right to refuse any entry that does not abide by these rules and does not provide all necessary contact details.

* Entry into the competition signifies acceptance of all conditions. Entrants are required to abide by the Conditions of Entry and Terms and Conditions as presented.

* This Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to the Cowra NRM and not to Facebook. The information you provide will be used for the competition only – your name and the photo caption/title is the only information that will be displayed on Facebook – all personal information will be stored confidentially for the Cowra NRM to contact you in the event you win a prize.

Growing the Grazing Revolution Update

What’s been happening in the last couple of month’s for Growing the Grazing Revolution?

In July we hosted another of our ‘Healthy Horses Healthy Landscapes’ workshops at Cargo with 20 people attending. Dr David Searle shared some great information on equine health. Although the weather was a little challenging all participants were able to take part in a paddock walk to inspect some great horse pasture.

Scott and Peter have been busy holding Grazing Cluster meetings at Bowan Park, Walli, Nyrang Creek, Woodstock and Darby’s Falls. Across the 5 Grazing  meetings we had over 35 attendees. The main topics for discussions were :-

1. Revising the past few years…. What worked, what we would do again and what changes, if any, to improve the next dry time.

2. And Now…. How are things looking after the rains and how are people feeling within themselves.

3. Cover cropping and it’s potential benefits for stock feed, multi species introduction and the important benefits for soil biology.

A Zoom meeting was also held at the Cowra Services Club with Terry McCosker for our peer leaders and the local participants of the training we held in Cowra last September. This was an excellent meeting with discussions on:-

  1. Recovering from Drought, repairing landscape, business and people
  2. Lessons learned from the dry period, What should we take forward for the next dry
  3. Boosting post Drought cash flow and ways to prevent excess debt
  4. Ideas on Event management in our landscapes
  5. Carbon link and government schemes
  6. Strategies for boosting soil biology

We are also happy to report that our event in December 2019 with Charlie Massy was included in the ABC ‘s Australian Story – ‘Breaking new Ground’ on Monday 28th September. It’s a great story and if you check it out you might see some familiar faces. Click here for the link to the show on iview. Just scroll down the page to the ‘Breaking new Ground’ story.

Photo’s below from some of the recent events.

Operation Orchid Observation

This season has just been amazing for orchids. I have taken my first obsessive and addictive steps towards finding all the orchids I can. What an experience!!

So far in the Conimbla National Park and surrounds 17 different orchids species have been found since June 2020. They are all fasinating in their own way and well worth taking the time to search for. It has been a huge learning curve and we thought you might like to see some of these amazing plants.

Anyone has a chance of finding some of these special plants and currently a few of them can be found if you go for a bushwalk along the Ironbark trail to Cherry Creek Lookout in the National Park. Others you might have to look a little bit harder for 😉

Australia has more than 1700 of the 25–30,000 species in the Orchidaceae family known globally, yet, regrettably, 25 per cent of orchid extinctions occur here. In part our species are vulnerable because they require symbiotic relationships with specific types of ‘mycorrhizal’ fungi to grow and germinate, and many are pollinated by a unique species of pollinator.

An example is the Pterostylis curta (Blunt Greenhood) in the pictures below. It is germinated by Certobasidium fungi and pollinated by Mycomya fungus gnats. Very specific requirements!!!

We would love to hear about any orchids you find in your travels. Contact midlachlanlandcare@gmail.com 🙂

Woodland Wonders

We have recently been visiting local farms looking at potential project sites for this years Box Gum grassy Woodland project. It has been wonderful to see so many groundcover species after the recent dry years. Did you know that there are over 400 plant species found across the Box Gum Grassy Woodlands range and in a good quality patch you can find between 60 and 110 species.

The groundcover plants, such as forbs, grasses and sedges make up most of this diversity and we thought you all might like to see some of the plants that have recently been seen. All of these photos have been taken by me from around our region. Enjoy!!

Feel free to send through any pictures to midlachlanlandcare@gmail.com and we can try to have them identified for you.

Seed collection complete for Glossy Project

During July and August we undertook our collection of Allocasuarina diminuta seed. The aim for this project is to grow out 1000 trees to plant on 6 local properties. Seed collection is always lots of fun and it is interesting to note that the Glossies prefer seed from certain trees. The aim was to collect from those trees the Glossies have already eaten from. Always, when seed collecting, you collect no more than 10% of the seed from a plant. There are also plenty of other rules around seed collecting especially if you are collecting within an endangered ecological community. If in doubt it is always best to check with relevant authorities. There is a short guide to seed collection here. When you are in search of the trees the Glossies have selected it’s a pretty easy task as they leave plenty of mess 🙂 Pictures below.

On our 1st trip we were extremely lucky to see 2 birds feeding quietly it was like this project was meant to happen and they were waiting to thank us for helping them. The recent drought has wiped out many of the trees they usually feed from unfortunately. Thanks to Jayden for volunteering to help with the seed collection and getting a couple of awesome photos of the Glossies.

The next step was to pop the pods into a paper bag and wait for them to open so we could then deliver the seed to the fantastic Weddin Community Native Nursery which we did on Friday 14th August. It was great to see the enthusiastic volunteers in action at the nursery and purchase a few lovely local plants for the garden while I was there. They do wonderful work at the nursery growing and preserving local species for the rest of us to enjoy. The Allocasuarina diminuta seeds have now been planted and the nursery has promised me they will call as soon as the seeds germinate. Can’t wait!!!

Weddin Community Nursery Volunteers taking on the responsibility of growing out our special trees for the Glossy Black Cockatoos.

Threatened Brown Treecreeper utilises Parrot nest box

We are pretty excited to report that while performing recent nest box monitoring with Kangarooby Catchment Landcare we discovered a Brown Treecreeper nesting with three eggs in one of our purpose built Red Rump Parrot nest boxes.

The Brown Treecreeper is an exciting species to find using a nest box. It is a threatened species and listed as vulnerable in NSW. The population density of this species has been greatly reduced over much of it’s range with major declines in remnant vegetation fragments less than 300Ha. It is found in Eucalypt Woodlands (including Box Gum Grassy Woodlands) Hopefully our current Box gum Grassy Woodland project will also help this species in the future.

Check out their eggs 🙂 They look big in the picture but are only 22.6 by 17.9mm. Eggs take 27 days to hatch so hopefully soon there will be some young in the nest. They prefer to nest in hollows of standing dead or alive trees.

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If you would like to find more out about Brown Treecreepers click here  Thanks to Jayden Gunn for letting us use his photograph of a Brown Treecreeper taken around Cowra.

Growing the Grazing Revolution to continue 2020 to 2022

We are excited to let you all know that our regions ‘Growing the Grazing Revolution’ project has received funding from the latest round of the Federal Governments ‘Smart Farms Small Grants’ program. This secures the project for a further 2 years until June 2022.

‘Growing the Grazing Revolution’ began in 2010 with a small group of Mid Lachlan Landcare members who were committed to actively support landholder adoption of sustainable and regenerative grazing management practices.

Since then it has grown to a large group of 120 landholders that belong to one of seven cluster groups and a further 264 landholders that are part of a wider network that receive varying levels of support.

In recent years we have received many enquires from other Landcare groups about setting up a similar project in their regions and have assisted Upper Lachlan Landcare and Boorowa Community Landcare to set up successful grazing groups which is fantastic.

A portion of the funding received is to enable us to build a simple toolkit that we can use with other groups interested in setting up similar projects.

A large part of this projects success and longevity is due to the support, oversight and direction coming from our Growing the Grazing Revolution board. This board contains local practitioners who have shared much of their experience with staff and participants over the last 10 years.

We want to take this opportunity to thank the board plus everyone who has been involved and continues to support this project. The team are so looking forward to seeing what this next 2 years brings.

If you are interested in becoming involved in this project or you are part of a Landcare group looking to run a similar project that supports your local landholders please contact: –

Scott Hickman    ph. 0427 450 416             email- oatleigh@westnet.com.au

Peter Davis         ph. 0408 643 122             email- pkdavis66@outlook.com

For general enquiries contact midlachlanlandcare@gmail.com

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Have you seen these Dung Beetles on your farm?

As part of our new Dung Beetle project we have been talking with Bernard Doube of Dung Beetle Solutions International. We are going to focus on a winter active dung beetle that they are trying to get established in this region and we need your help.

These beetles are called Bubas bison and they are pretty amazing. They work during the winter and if you are lucky enough to have them they will bury dung 40-60cm down.  Where this beetle is plentiful they can bury a dung pad in a couple of days. Imagine the benefits these little guys can do for your soil and paddocks!!

How can you help? It would be fantastic if you could check your cattle, horse or soft sheep dung for the below signs of activity.

Snap a picture and then contact us at midlachlanlandcare@gmail.com We can then have a chat about what you can do next to confirm if you do have these particular beetles. Below are a couple of pictures we took of a Bubas bison found near Gooloogong.

Remember these guys are winter active so the time to find them is now. Come spring we can see what other varieties are found around the area.

Healthy Horses Healthy Landscapes Afternoon Saturday 25th July

Click here to view field day flyer – 25th July 2020