Working Bees and Activities

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Thanks to a weeds grant from Mt Alexander Shire Council, we can get started on dealing with gorse and other pesky weeds in Taradale and surrounds. This year we will be starting on some of the entryways to the Fryers Ranges/Fryers Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve. We are also continuing our work on Back Creek with some planting in May and we will hopefully pay a visit to Barkly Park.

Saturday April 21    Roadside Weeds cut & paint Dearden Track, meet cnr Old Drummond Road and Dearden track, 10am-12 noon followed by picnic- bring food to share

Saturday April 28    Roadside Weeds cut & paint, Cypress Drive, Meet cnr Cypress Drive and Matchett Road 10am-12 noon followed by picnic- bring food to share

Sunday April 29      Roadside Weeds cut & paint Fryerstown Road, Meet cnr Fryerstown Road and the Coliban Channel 10am-12 noon followed by picnic- bring food to share

Sunday May 6          Final weeds treatment, Mineral Springs Reserve, spray and tidy 10am-12 noon

Sunday May 27       Community Planting and BBQ Mineral Springs Reserve, 10 am-12 noon Followed by BBQ lunch, bring a plate to share

Monday June 4       Committee meeting Taradale Primary School – All Welcome 7.30pm-9 pm

Sunday June 17       Walk & Talk. Barkly Park (To Be Confirmed) Meet at the Royal Oaks Carpark- Taradale-Metcalfe Road 10 am-12 noon Followed by BBQ lunch at Mineral Springs, bring a plate to share

What to bring: Secateurs, loppers, heavy duty gloves always good.  Bring personal water and dress appropriately to the weather.

All activities may be subject to change- For information, contact Colleen at, 0403 744 045

Working Bee

We have a Working Bee planned for Back Creek on Sunday 25th February at 9.30 am. We will be meeting in the Mineral Springs Reserve. Please bring gloves, pruning saws and loppers if you have any.

This will be followed by a shared lunch -bring food to share. There is a BBQ and we have cutlery, crockery, BBQ utensils, etc. And we will bring tea and coffee.

Pollinators in February

On a hot February afternoon, we observed many native pollinating insects visiting a patch of flowering Applemint in our garden (along with hundreds of European Honeybees).  Many of these insects would also visit local native shrub Sweet Bursaria- a favourite summer nectar source which we hope to plant on our property in the coming year.

Brian Bainbridge


Baby Cuckoo

We have had a noisy visitor to our garden these last few weeks. The high-pitched begging calls of a young Horsefield’s Bronze Cuckoo are directing its Superb Fairy-Wren foster-parents to constantly fill its beak with worms and insects. P1390517 (2)

Horsefield’s Bronze cuckoo mothers lay their eggs in the nests of small birds, usually Fairy Wrens.  Soon after hatching, our little cuckoo would have instinctively shoved the eggs or nestlings of the Fairy Wren out of the nest, and then monopolised the attention of the parents.

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The cuckoo is nearly full grown now and is developing the bronzy back and stripy underparts of its parents.  The adult cuckoos specialise in eating the bristly caterpillars in grassy open areas.  Shining Bronze, Pallid and Fan-tailed Cuckoos are also occasionally seen around the farm.

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Brian Bainbridge (and Colleen Jones)

Working Bee on Back Creek

Landcare working bee

Sunday 29th October from 10 am – 12 pm followed be a BBQ.

Come and join us this Sunday for our next Working Bee followed by a free BBQ
Help complete removing weeds from around earlier plantings to prepare the site for plantings in 2018.
Meet at the BBQ in the Mineral Springs Reserve. If you can, bring along secateurs, buckets and gloves (& a plate to share!).

Contact Colleen:
Ph 0403 744 045