The Dirty Hands - June 2021

Citizen Science | Seeking Conference Volunteers | Creating Habitat | Rodenticides Media, and more! 

Join in on FREE citizen science training

This weekend in Southern Tasmania

As part of our wider Outreach Program, you are invited to a free Citizen Science Workshop. Each workshop will teach you the basics of citizen science, and focus on a specific local issue.

Whether you want to learn which animals and plants live in your backyard, or want to help protect a local reserve that you love, or you simply want to contribute to a better understanding of Tassie’s unique wildlife – after this workshop, you will have everything you need to know to go out in the field and be a citizen scientist!

Spaces are limited, so please only register for one of the events. You must RSVP to secure a spot.

Focus on Birds of Prey in Mountain River

19 June, 9:30 - 12:00 - Mountain River Hall. Guest Presenter: Dave Young, raptor expert

Focus on River Health in Snug

19 June, 13:30 - 16:30 - Snug, North West Bay Scout Group. Guest Presenter: John Gooderham, waterbug expert

Focus on Saltmarshes in Lauderdale

20 June, 10:00 - 12:30 - Lauderdale Hall. Guest Presenter: Dr Vishnu Prahalad, saltmarsh expert


This program of training events received grant funding from the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Program with the support from MP Julie Collins, and from the JM Roberts Charitable Trust through the Tasmanian Landcare Fund.

Can you contribute?

The above training sessions and others on our Outreach Program are hugely popular and beneficial to the community, and we would love to take our training sessions Statewide! Can you or your business make a donation to the Tasmanian Landcare Fund to make this a reality? All donations over $2 are tax deductible.


Get your Early Bird Conference Tickets!

These limited, reduced price Early Bird tickets close on 19th July or when they sell out.

We are getting incredibly excited about the emerging lineup of both home grown and world renowned speakers, panelists, workshops, and field trip guides for the 2021 Tasmanian Landcare Conference weekend. Our first Program launch will land in mid-July, after early bird tickets close. Check out the Preliminary Program, and have a look back at our 2019 Conference to get a taste of the top-notch experience we have in store for you.



Conference Volunteers: register interest now

Prospective volunteers may register interest now to help out with a variety of activities from preparations to pack down and everything inbetween! Depending on the role you choose, those selected for a volunteer role may be eligible for complimentary pass to one or all of the weekend of events. 



Award Nominations Open

Don't be shy! If you or someone you know has done those extra yards in Landcaring, go ahead and nominate them or yourself.



Continuing media attention on Rodenticides 

Last week, Landcare Tasmania got to chat with Tasmanian Country Hour and Huon FM on the issue of rodenticides and the harm they bring to native wildlife. 

Our Acting CEO Peter Stronach joined a panel of specialists and farmers on ABC Radio's Tasmanian Country Hour last Thursday. The segment features a great balance of perspectives on the issue, including a farmer who had been using second-generation rat poisons to control rodent populations in her sheds, and comments on recent research from Nick Mooney.

Later on, Peter Stronach was on Huon FM to talk rodenticide awareness, as well as Citizen Science, and a bit about what Landcare Tasmania really is!

Our submission advocating for tighter controls on anticoagulent rodenticides is still being considered by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority.



Featured Project: Creating wildlife habitat

This month, Landcare Tasmania coordinated three habitat-building events in southern Tasmania.

Rose Bay High school students got their hands dirty on the first day of winter planting understorey plants that will grow into "bandicoot bunkers" - nice, cosy shelters for bandicoots!  Keep an eye out for more 'Bandicoot Bunker' plantings coming up with Howrah Primary and Taroona High School.



In a beautifully collaborative effort, Seven Mile Beach Coastcarers built and repurposed a variety of nesting boxes. With expertise from Paul Gray, microbat expert, and installation thanks to Tom and Christina from Hobart Arbor Co, Seven Mile Beach now has several microbat nesting boxes! 



These projects were made possible thanks to the Community Environment Program through support from local MP Julie Collins MP.

Welcome to our New Member Groups

Community Landcare is continuing to grow! New member groups are a great demonstration of the generosity of the Tasmanian community to get involved in caring for our bush, land, coasts, rivers, and wildlife. They're contributing to our vision for all the land and coasts of Tassie to be cared for by the community. Join them if you're in their area!

Coal River Tier Natural Heritage - Community Group

 - Property-based Group

Become a member!

Landcare is for everyone! We know there are more of you out there thinking of joining. As a grassroots movement, we support and empower you to address the environment and sustainability issues that are important in your community.


Events Calendar

See the bottom of this newsletter for a listing of member events in the coming months, and click the button to see the full Events Calendar. If your event is not listed please contact us.


Thanks for reading

The Landcare Tasmania Team

Peter Stronach - Acting CEO, Community Landcare Manager
Priscilla Richards - Landcare Services Manager
Rachel Larner - Finance and Administration Manager
Jenn Gason – Communications & Database Assistant
Jakob Sprickerhof –  Project and Engagement Officer
Kat Traill - Event Producer
Evie Drinnan - Executive Assistant
Joy Pfleger – Outreach and Engagement Officer