Dirty Hands May 2018

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Wildlife Monitoring Camera Tips

Wildlife monitoring is a relatively recent activity for many groups. One of the challenges is getting the right camera for the job.

The most common use is to see which critters are living in the patch you manage.  Many of these animals are on night shift so motion sensor cameras are an ideal way to capture the activity.


We have been working with groups for a number of years to help with their monitoring. Here are a few tips we have picked up along the way. CLICK HERE

We'll soon be publishing a review we are conducting on various types of wildlife cameras. Stay tuned.


Member's Outreach BBQ at Glebe Hill Reserve and Cambridge Primary School

We are pleased to say our second MOB of 2018 was a great success!


The restored Barilla Rivulet, and waterbug sampling


Looking at the Risdon Peppermint (E. risdonii) at Glebe Hill


Landcarers of all ages met up for our MOB on Hobart's eastern shore on the 20th of May. It was a packed day, with a hilltop walk at Glebe Hill Nature Reserve, waterbug sampling in the Barilla Rivulet, the story of the successful restoration efforts here by Cambridge Primary School (supported by Clarence City Council and Landcare Tasmania) to restore this Rivulet, as well as some good advice about wildlife cameras from Landcare Tasmania's Pete Stronach.

Click HERE to see all the action!

We would like to thank the following people for making the event a success:

  • The 40 Landcarers from 13 Member Groups who attended - Supporting your community Landcare work is why we exist
  • Chris Johns and Clarence City Council for promoting the importance of community Landcare and for financially supporting the BBQ
  • Mayor Doug Chipman and Councillor Kay MacFarlane for coming on the day and meeting local Landcarers
  • Adam Holmstrom of Glebe Hill Bushland Reserve Landcare Group for leading a really engaging walk
  • Dr John Gooderham of the Waterbug Company for getting us into the water and having fun catching and identifying waterbugs
  • The parents, teachers, and students at Cambridge Primary School for their hard work and enthusiasm, particularly Stephanie Murfet for her presentation on work the school is doing
  • South Hobart Butcher for a good deal on some really great sausages and veggie burgers to feed the hungry!


Here's a look at some of the waterbugs the kids collected: 


Next MOB...

will be in Meander Valley in October (when the weather will be a bit more reliable).


Landcare groups team up to get the message out at Ecofest

Ecofest_table.jpgEcofest_overview.jpgLandcare Tas teamed up with local north west Landcare groups in April at the North West Ecofest in Ulverstone. We mixed and matched eager volunteers to Landcare groups working along the coast and provided advice on weeds such as Spanish Heath. Well done Ecofest, it was a fantastic day!

Thanks to the groups who helped out - Wynyard Landcare, Friends of Reid St ReserveFriends of the LevenUlverstone Coast Care and Sulphur Creek/Preservation Bay Coastcare and Central Coast Council

Do you know of an event near you where you'd like to see Landcare Tasmania? We can help get groups together and loan you our events kit. It's a great way to engage with the public about the environmental issues that matter to your community care groups, and find more volunteers.


Donate for the end of financial year tax benefit

Tasmania's network of 200 community Landcare groups and over 3,300 members and volunteers do an amazing job caring for our bush, coasts and soils.

Here at Landcare Tasmania we're working hard to meet the needs of our Landcarers.  We know they need both 'people' things - sourcing volunteers, weed and safety training, event promotion - and more tangible things like tools, equipment, supplies..

With 30 June approaching, now is a good time to consider supporting community Landcare through a donation to the Tasmanian Landcare Fund.  

Your donation, no matter how small, will help Tasmania's Landcaring community to do more.  Donations over $2 to the Tasmanian Landcare Fund are tax deductible.  

Click the image below to make a donation. 


Tax Back for Primary Producers

Did you know that your shelterbelts and a number of other Landcare activities on farms maybe tax deductible.

CLICK HERE more information.


2018 National Landcare Conference and Awards - Brisbane

Did you know that you 8 Tasmanian Landcare groups and individuals are finalists in the 2018 National Landcare Awards?

Winners from last year's Tasmanian Landcare Awards will be in the judging at the National Landcare Conference and Awards, to be held in Brisbane from 10-12 October this year.

CLICK HERE for further information about out Tasmanian Winners.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the National Conference and Awards.