The Dirty Hands - May 2021

Photo comp winners | Conference Tickets | Rodenticide Awareness Week | National Volunteer Week | Award Nominations + more


Momentum for Rodenticide Awareness Program

Momentum is growing for our long-running program to raise awareness of how positive rodent-control choices can make a big impact on the survival of birds of prey and other wildlife.

Newer, stronger rodent poisons (brodifacoum, bromadiolone) known as "one feed" or "one kill" are now widely available in supermarkets and hardware stores. These poisons are banned for domestic use in many other countries such as the US because of their known detrimental impacts on the foodchain. 

Last week we held three well-received community information sessions, which coincided with the mainland's mouse plague hitting national headlines. Speaker Nick Mooney co-authored new research with Dr. James Pay and others demonstrating that anticoagulant rodent poisons contribute significantly to wedge-tailed eagle deaths. 

Nick Mooney spoke with Mel Bush on ABC Radio Hobart.  

"We just published a paper analysing a whole lot of dead eagles. We found about 3/4s of the wedge-tailed eagles had very high levels of anti-coagulant rodenticides in them" -- Nick Mooney

Read more for a link to the research paper, the ABC radio interview, a wrap-up of our information sessions, and more!


What can I do?

Read our background information on the issue and alternatives to these poisons, and if you'd like to support the awareness program (or other projects), please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Tasmanian Landcare Fund:


Celebrating National Volunteer Week


Community Landcare could not exist without volunteers. 

As last week was National Volunteer Week we ask that all volunteers give yourself a sincere pat on the back for your tireless contributions, big, small and everywhere in between, in reconnecting and taking care of Tasmania’s extraordinary landscapes. Read our tribute to you, the volunteers of the Landcare movement!

We want to reimagine how we can better support volunteers.

Whether you're a regular volunteer with one of our Member Groups*, or you've only come along to the odd public event here or there, or even if you are just thinking of volunteering, we'd love to hear from you in our Volunteer Experience Survey.

The survey is anonymous, takes just 5-7 minutes, and your feedback will shape the support we offer to volunteers in the future.



*If your community group is not on the members list, urge them to join - there are heaps of benefits!


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Launching the Coal Valley Project

Landcare Tasmania officially launched the Coal Valley Landcare Action Grants project with a field day on the 21st of April. The focus of the project is "Improving the Natural and Productive Landscape" with activities addressing local issues across the catchment.


Members - if you are interested in future funding opportunities, please make sure your project proposals are submitted to our Project Bank. If opportunities come up that match your requirements we will invite you to apply.

Photo Competition Winners!

A HUGE thanks to all those who took part in Landcare Tasmania's very first photo competition! The panel of judges reviewed the images completely anonymously, and had to make some hard decisions.

We are thrilled to announce the Overall First Prize goes to: Huon Douglas, a member of UTAS Landcare Society, for his entry "The Attack on Gorse". Congratulations Huon!


2021 Tasmanian Community Landcare Conference

Restoration: Reconnecting People, Place and Nature 

This unmissable weekend in Launceston will bring together Landcarers from across the State on the 1st - 3rd of October 2021, offering a wide range of speakers, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, field days and networking opportunities.

This year we link in with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Looking at what the heavy lifters of restoration have been able to achieve in Tasmania, Australia and worldwide, we will share their wins, losses and stories of the journey in caring for our land and waterways. As well, we will celebrate Tasmania’s Landcare innovators and stewards at the National Landcare Awards dinner.

We have the preliminary conference program, speakers and field trip destinations on our website, with plans for some amazing experiences, networking and learning! 

Early Bird Tickets Launch 01 June!

A limited number of Early Bird tickets will go on sale on 01 June. Get in now while the limited number of Early Bird tickets last. These reduced-price tickets were very popular at the 2019 Conference and sold out quickly.


Award Nominations

Landcare Tasmania's Recognition Awards

Nominations are now open for Landcare Tasmania's three categories of recognition for outstanding contributions to Landcare. These Awards will be presented at a special Mayoral Reception at Launceston Town Hall on Friday 1st October. If you or someone you know has done those extra yards for Landcare Tasmania, consider nominating yourself or them! Click the More Info button below to read about this year's categories.


Landcare Australia's 2021 Tasmanian Landcare Awards

Nominations are now open. This prestigious national awards program is run by Landcare Australia. Winners of the 2021 State & Territory Landcare Awards will go forward as nominees for the 2022 National Landcare Awards to be held during the 2022 National Landcare Conference. Click the More Info button below to read about this year's categories.



Member Stories:

The National Farming Matters Conference - Landcare Tasmania's Evie Drinnan and Celia Laverton from Regenerative Agriculture Network Tasmania share their learnings from the national gathering of regenerative agriculture and holistic management farmers.

International Award for local Landcarers, North East Bioregional Network  - The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) International Award for Restoration Excellence (Larger Scale Projects Category) was presented to the Network at the SERA Conference in Darwin last week.

Little Penguin Arthur gets ready for re-release - an update from Penguin Rehab and Release group

Members, we'd love for you to share more of your stories with us! Reach us by email, or tagging us on social media @LandcareTasmania. 

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!

North East Tasmania Field Naturalist Club Inc. - Community Group

SOLVE Supporting Our Loongana Valley Environment - Community Group

Montrose Bay High School - School Group

Hobart Archers - Community 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.

Annual Memberships with Landcare Tas run by the calendar year, renewing on 31 January. If you join now, your membership will be valid until 31 January 2022Download our Membership Benefits info.


Support Community Landcare

Even if you can't get hands-on, you can:

  • Make a donation to the Tasmanian Landcare Fund to help fund the on-ground work that we do
  • Forward this newsletter to your friends (they can sign up here)
  • Share our posts on Facebook, tag #LandcareTasmania and we'll share yours.
  • Follow us on Instagram @LandcareTasmania
  • Become an Individual Member to support our organisation
  • If you're a business owner, consider becoming a Corporate Member. Contact us for more information.

Events Calendar

See below for a full listing of member events in the coming months. 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 Officer
Kat Traill - Event Producer
Evie Drinnan - Executive Assistant
Joy Pfleger – Outreach and Engagement Officer