The Biolink consists of an approximately 30-minute walk on a formed pathway from the junction of Daylesford-Malmsbury Road and Loddon Drive alongside the Loddon River to the Glenlyon Recreation Reserve and Glenlyon Dam. The walk has occasional seating and is signposted with information boards detailing the area’s history and ecology, and plaques indicating historical sites.
The Biolink is the major site for GULLGs quarterly Working Bee
The Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) and Victorian Blackberry Taskforce assist local landowners in the management of infestation on private property, and within natural assets in the local region, including the Glenlyon Recreation Reserve.
This is a multi-stage project focused on the beautification of the township of Glenlyon’s public spaces including the planting of local native plants to support pollinator species.
The project has been designed to align with the UCLN Pollinator Project.
The focus of these projects is to restore and preserve the habitat of local native species such as the Greater Glider, Powerful Owl, and Platypus
The focus of this project is to establish new areas of native vegetation and protect important remnant vegetation around Diers Falls and the Loddon River at Swords Road - which has real benefits to the health of our local ecosystem and supports the natural diversity of native plants and animals. Our particular focus on this project is to restore and preserve the habitat for the platypus which have been identified still in the deep pools below the falls.
This area comprises four parcels of Crown Land reserved for Public Purposes - adjacent to the east bank of the Loddon River between the Loddon River Bridge in the south and Loddon Falls in the north.
The area is difficult to access with sections that cannot be accessed due to the steep inclines that run into the Loddon River.
It is GULLGs intention to draw on the expertise and knowledge of our membership base to ensure the area retains its current natural state, and to focus on invasive weed management and tree assessment and maintenance as well as improving the quality and biodiversity of the waterway.
There are many potential projects in our area of activity that Glenlyon Landcare could investigate.
If you have an idea for a project let us know.
Over the last few months, GULLGs President Rod Sewell has been installing nesting boxes with a goal of installing a total of 20 using the funds raised from our community raffle drawn on New Year's Day 2023. 12 have been installed along the Biolink and 2 at the Glenlyon Dam.
Rod's intention is to install 6 more - upstream from the Reserve, and at the southern end of Glenlyon Dam to attract the nesting and breeding of waterbirds.
On completion, it is intended to map the GIS position of each of the nesting boxes and monitor the activity - possibly using “real time” cameras that could be linked to GULLGs Facebook page and Website enabling the community to live stream the nesting activity.
Many species of wildlife rely on natural tree hollows for nesting, breeding and shelter. Hollows provide a safe home away from the weather and predators. In eucalypt trees, small hollows may take over 70 years to develop and large hollows many decades longer. The range of hollow sizes and types is matched by the range of wildlife able to use them – small species such as the Feathertail Glider use small hollows, large parrots such as the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo use large, deep hollows. Not all natural hollows are occupied. This can be because the hollow is unsuitable. It can also be because, when not breeding, most species will move frequently between a number of hollows.
Loss of natural tree hollows is a major concern for the protection of Victoria’s hollow-dependent wildlife. Nest boxes have been proposed as a potential solution to this problem in some situations, particularly where natural hollows have been depleted by humans. Nest boxes are not a long-term substitute for natural hollows. They typically last around ten years compared to a tree hollow that may exist for over 100 years.
This DELWP-produced fact sheet provides an overview of the use of nest boxes for conservation purposes. It includes design, installation, monitoring and maintenance guidelines.
"The key to managing gorse starts with planning how and when you will treat gorse over several years"
The VGT Community-Led Grants Program is provided by the Victorian Gorse Taskforce (VGT) with support from Agriculture Victoria to offer funding support for community-ledgorse control projects.
The VGT Community Grants Program Objectives:
· Promote best practice gorse management
Community-led Funding: Community groups may apply for funding up to $8,000 for on-ground gorse control works on private land. All participating landholders involved may receive up to $1,500 in grant funding and must match this with their own monetary contribution.
Eligibility: Grants are available to all Victorian Community Group organisations that have a focus on improving natural and agricultural areas.
GLENLYON LANDCARE meets this criterion and has successfully participated in past community-led funding grants for gorse management on private property. If you are interested in applying for VGT Community Grant funding for your own gorse management project - email email@example.com
The Gorse Bush
"Controlling Blackberry is a long-term project and generally cannot be achieved by one-off strategies, particularly for larger infestations"
Description: Blackberry is a perennial, semi-deciduous, prickly, scrambling invasive plant. It is a semi-prostrate to almost-erect shrub, with arching and entangling stems arising from a woody crown and forms thickets up to several metres high. The root and crown system is the only perennial part of the plant.
Roots: Blackberry plants have a main vertical root which grows to a maximum depth of 1.5m, depending on the soil type where it is growing. This root grows from a woody crown which is up to 20cm in diameter. Numerous secondary roots grow horizontally from the crown for 30 to 60cm and then vertically down. There are many thin roots in all directions from the secondary roots.
Growth: In their second year, the 1st year primocanes produce side shoots (floricanes) that bear flowers, and fruit from late December to April. Canes that have borne fruit die back to the crown over autumn and winter. Leaves may be shed in winter, leaving a plant with living, year-old primocanes and daughter plants that are growing independently.
Germination: Blackberry seeds germinate mainly between September and November. Germination rates are low (around 30 per cent of seed), but are markedly higher for seed that has been eaten and voided by birds or mammals.
The purpose of the event was to provide information on the proposed Glenlyon Pollinator Garden to be constructed in the triangle adjacent to the Glenlyon General Store.
John Walter, President of Upper Campaspe Landcare Network provided a presentation on the benefits of pollinator corridors as steppingstones for pollinator insects including bees, flies, wasps, beetles, and butterflies to move from natural corridors such as the Loddon River to household gardens.
Justin Rowe, the lead on the project, provided a potted history of the development of the project, its design, and the timetable for installation.
While Hepburn Shire Council has provided consent to the design and construction of the Glenlyon Pollinator Garden residual details are being undertaken to ensure consistency with the Glenlyon Streetscape Plan and community safety given the location of the site.
Construction of the garden area will commence in the new year with plantings held over until Autumn / Spring.