Integrated Italian Buckthrown control
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by Glenelg Hopkins CMA
3M ago
We are back out on the Tyrendarra flora reserve with Robin Adair controlling Italian Buckthorn. This introduced exotic plant is playing havoc in the reserve, and as Robin points out in this episode, managing takes some integrated solutions – herbicide is one, but fire might be one of the best ..read more
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Reinstating the forgotten woodlands
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by Glenelg Hopkins CMA
3M ago
On a drizzly windy spring day, we found members of the Friends of the Forgotten Woodland on a roadside, planting banksia, sheoak and sweet bursaria plants. They were establishing a new seed orchard to ensure the remnant native vegetation will always be in the landscape of the Victorian Volcanic Plains. The group GPS plots and note the provenance of every tree they plant, which is how they know on this day, they planted a plant which is had genetically been on the plains for hundreds of years.  ..read more
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The entirely unpalatable Italian Buckthorn
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by Glenelg Hopkins CMA
3M ago
Italian Buckthorn - the woody weed with tasty red berries is beginning to encroach on our landscape. In this episode, Glenelg Hopkins CMA's Tania Parker is our in the field with expert Robin Adair and his offsider Kym, discussing how to control this entirely unpalatable introduced species.  ..read more
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Tossing golf balls into grasslands with ARI
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by Glenelg Hopkins CMA
3M ago
In this episode we are out in the grasslands tossing golf balls into quadrats with researchers from the Arthur Rylah Institute. Brad Farmilo loves talking grassland ecology, and he’s passionate about the projects being undertaken not just ticking boxes about how many kilometres of fences have been put up or plants planted. Instead, he is all about creating and providing useable and useful information and data for land holders, land managers and the people making the decisions about investments to make sure practice change doesn’t just happen at grass level, but also at policy level ..read more
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Searching for the Bittern
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by Glenelg Hopkins CMA
3M ago
In this Pondcast we are talking all about bitterns. We talk to project manager Jacinta – who explains the project behind finding the elusive Australasian Bitterns. These shy, long-necked birds who sway with the rushes, fly south for the winter each year from the NSW rice fields. And meet siblings, Riley and Macey from Portland, who noticed a weird noise coming from the swamp at the bottom at their garden, and for the last couple of years, they’ve been actively reporting and recording them for the CMA project ..read more
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Discover Discovery Bay
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by Glenelg Hopkins CMA
3M ago
Find out why the coastal area of south-west Victoria is so internationally important, not just for its geologically significant wetlands, but also for the role it plays as a round-the-world holiday destination for a group of birds from Siberia. Glenelg Hopkins CMA's Glenelg Estuary Discovery Bay Ramsar site coordinator, Gavin, takes us for a wander on the sand dunes and around the wetlands ..read more
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Restoring the grasslands
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by Glenelg Hopkins CMA
3M ago
Native grasslands on roadsides are often driven past without a second thought, but a passionate group of people are taking an active role in restoring these endangered plant communities and having great success balancing the ecological, community and agricultural values of the region ..read more
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Why native fish need ladders and hotels in our waterways
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by Glenelg Hopkins CMA
3M ago
We met the dynamic duo getting stuff done along the waterways of the Glenelg Hopkins CMA region – Steve and Alex. These two are responsible for putting things IN the river, like fish hotels and ladders, delivering environmental flows along the waterways, and probably most importantly, talking to people about the river and engaging with the communities along it ..read more
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Turning back the tide
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by Glenelg Hopkins CMA
3M ago
Meet Jarred, the man with the job of trying to manage the competing needs of our environment where the river meets the sea.  Managing coastal estuaries with the competing needs of the environment and the community can be tricky, but he also gets to spend a lot of time outdoors in some pretty spectacular environments, learning from traditional owners, helping landholders and working with community and school groups ..read more
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Volcanic plains and lonely flowers
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by Glenelg Hopkins CMA
3M ago
We sit down with Aggie and Ben, the Glenelg Hopkins CMAs natural resource management planners in the Biodiversity team who are charged with protecting an area known as the VVP. We learn how locking up and leaving native grasslands is the worst thing you want to do if you want to actually look after them, and why they’ve been clocking up the kilometres playing cupid to an oddly named little yellow flower ..read more
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