As part of the Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare's Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity workshop series, Roseberry Creek Landcare will be host to the following event early next year:
Workshop theme: Enhancing Habitat
Date: February 20th
Time: 9:30 - 4pm
Presentations from: David Charley - Ecologist, John Nagle - Senior Land Services Officer LLS, Donovon Moss - Arborist, Laura Noble - Indian Myna Project Officer
Cost: Free. Nest boxes will be available for purchase on the day
Earlier this year Kyogle Landcare received a small grant from Landcare Australia to support some much needed weed control in the Old Kyogle Quarry. The site has been out of action as a quarry for many decades now and native vegetation is gradually reclaiming the space. However Privet, Lantana and Ochna along with a range of other invasive exotics were getting ahead in the race and many of the native trees were covered in a heavy blanket of Syngonium. After a few Landcare working bees and a bit of extra help from a contractor the site is transforming into a fledgling native aboretum within the surrounds of the old quarry walls. In late November Kyogle Landcare in partnership with bush regenerator Jesse Vandenbosch hosted a training session on plant identification to assist volunteers with sorting the exotics from the suite of natives common throughout the Kyogle area. A big thanks to Angie Brace for her efforts in coordinating this event and for her leadership with getting this project underway.
Indian Myna's have been around for many years now but at this time of year their gradual and persistent invasion catches attention as new pairs split off to claim new ground and spread to new areas. These birds are opportunistic, aggressive and native to to Asia. These birds have a significant impact on our native hollow dependent species (both birds and mammals) evicting other inhabitants from the sparse hollows that remain in our landscape. They can gather in communal roosts numbering in the thousands but nest in pairs.
The Kyogle Landcare office has Indian Myna traps available for either loan (with a $20 refundable deposit) or for purchase for the same amount. These traps have been proven to work locally although catching the first bird often takes patience. One Kyogle resident shared that it took 3 weeks to coax the first bird into the trap but once it was in there and acting as a caller bird they managed to catch 55 birds in 3 days.
The Kyogle Landcare office will be looking to establish an aviary to be able to loan out caller birds early in 2017 to make the first bird process a bit easier. In February, Laura Noble from the Clarence Valley Conservation in Action - Indian Myna project will be up in the Kyogle area to share her experience of Indian Myna control. She will be a co-presenter at the Enhancing habitat workshop at Roseberry Creek on the 20th of February.
This book is a new up to date review of the earlier LLS North Coast Cattle Health book. It aims to provide the best current information on animal health and husbandry issues that confront beef producers in the North Coast Local Land Services Region of NSW. It is published by North Coast Local Land Services and written by Phil Kemsley, District Veterinarian Lismore and Nathan Jennings, Senior Land Services Officer (Agricultural Advice).
This publication is now available as a free download - CLICK HERE
It will be available as a hardcopy for purchase from Local Land Service offices early in the new year.
The Northern Landcare Support Services will be closing operations in June 2017. However, the Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network (BRRVLN) will largely be filling its place to support Landcare groups and individuals with an interest in Landcare in the Kyogle and Richmond Valley Council areas. We hope to make this change as seamless as possible. As part of the transition process BRRVLN will be working on a new website early in 2017 with a goal to launch in March 2017. This will replace the NLSS website. The NLSS newsletter will also transfer over to be delivered by BRRVLN.