With the welcome easing of restrictions, we are hoping to hold a small gathering at Uambi on Sunday 6th November. We are also hoping to have a briefing from Colin Arnold about an exciting new project being organised by Roger Lord.
That’s right! Uambi is once again open to the public.
A considerable amount of work has been done to clear the paths of fallen trees and to fell trees that were leaning dangerously across the paths. Many thanks to Ben from the Trust for Nature for his work in organising the tree fellers to complete their work so promptly.
We’d love to see out (obeying social distancing instructions of course) and enjoying the wonderful natural environment of Uambi.
During the recent storm, Uambi suffered considerable damage in the form of fallen trees.
Much work has already been carried out to clear paths. However, there are still several trees leaning dangerously across the paths. Contractors have been hired to fell these trees, and this work will be done as soon as they are available to do it. (Suddenly, they are very busy!)
We hope to have Uambi open again by next weekend (12th Sept).
Thank you for your understanding – we are doing all we can to open Uambi as soon as possible.
Heathmont’s remaining sugar gilders need help, and you can be part of the solution. This project invites residents to become stewards for wild life.
It wasn’t that long ago Sugar Gliders were a common sight in Heathmont, emerging at dusk and flying past you to their supper. With wildlife corridors critical for our native fauna to survive and thrive, yet due to urban pressures many are disappearing unnoticed.
Sugar gliders are a keystones species that will help us map remaining wildlife corridors. This project, spearheaded by First Friends of Dandenong Creek, and supported by Maroondah Council and Abzeco, records glider occupancy in specially designed, strategically placed nesting boxes. The boxes will be installed in reserves, schools and gardens. Trained experts will check their occupancy regularly and document the findings. Findings will inform a corridor strategy for the Heathmont area that First Friends of Dandenong Creek and Maroondah Council can use to protect, maintain and enhance our corridors. With increasing urban development, the unseen corridors they live and travel in are disappearing.
Residents can join a monitoring group or host a ‘nest box’ tree home for gliders in their garden. There are 100 new nest boxes to be placed. Monitors will connect with like-minded others in a biannual audit (depending upon COVID restrictions) of gliders in boxes. Furthermore, they will know that their findings will help inform a dynamic corridor development strategy.
If you are interested in supporting this work and can host a nest box in your garden or school, then please contact us at: email@example.com
Please note, you must fall within the Sugar Glider survey zone, which is the area bordered by Canterbury Road, Heathmont Road, Dandenong Creek and Wantirna Road.
Wish to thank Hon. Michael Sukkar MP for supporting our application to the Federal Government’s Communities Environment Program
First Friends of Dandenong Creek
Many thanks to Nalini Scarfe for permission to use the gorgeous photos of sugar gliders seen on this page.
Regrettably, due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation in Victoria, there will be no Bushcare working bee this Sunday 5th July. We hope that by September we can all meet again at Uambi.
In the meantime, stay well and perhaps take the opportunity to visit some of the bushland in Maroondah. I attach a link to Maroondah Council’s interactive map of walking trails and bushland in Maroondah.
Last Sunday 9th Feb, Heathmont Bushcare had a presence at the Local Sustainability Fair which was sponsored by Transition Towns Maroondah. The fair attracted a sizeable number of people keen to learn more about how we can all lead more sustainable lives, and about what local people and businesses are doing to lessen their impact on the planet. Heathmont Bushcare’s stall was one of many and drew a constant stream of people interested to discover more about the work that we do in making Heathmont an even better place to live. Many were also keen to see how many of the insects, commonly found in the Heathmont area, that they could identify and what they could do to help establish insect friendly environments. You can also test yourself – see below! Many thanks to Gwyn for organising Heathmont Bushcare’s presence at this fair and for everyone who assisted on the day.
How many of the insects pictured here can you identify??
As part of the R & M McGivern Prize exhibition The Anthropocene kids can join artist Aviva Reed in a collaborative art/ ecology workshop. Learn about what connects us with the environment and each other as a way to build a stronger, healthier and happier world. Learn about ecologies by making art with watercolour, charcoal and paper and take home your very own creations!
Come celebrate 25 years of Heathmont Bushcare at Federation Estate (Ringwood) on Sunday 15 December 2019 between 12.00 – 4.00PM.
Lunch and drinks will be served.
To mark the occasion, please think about sharing your Heathmont Bushcare story(ies) and photos (if you have any).
RSVP: Please email Roger.Lord@maroondah.vic.gov.au to confirm your attendance and advise of any special dietary requirements before the 9th December. Also, please email me your photos before this date.
This year on October 20th, Bunnings are running a Community Fun Day at their store in Bayswater from 10.00am – 3.00pm.
It would be good for Heathmont Bushcare to have a presence at this event in the form of a table with some information flyers and some people who would be willing to talk to people about the work Heathmont Bushcare does. Bunnings has given the following information:
‘As you know, Bunnings has a strong community involvement, and our Community Fun Day is a great way for you to let others in the community know what your group is all about. It also allows you to catch up and network with members of other community groups. Participation in the Community Fun Day is as simple as setting up an information table and talking to people about your community group. We have a capacity to allocate additional space if you would like to run demonstrations or performances, but this will be limited, so please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this’
Could I please call for volunteers who would be able to spend some time helping out on the day?
If you can help, please email me at the address below.