Christmas Hills Landcare email news - 22nd July 2012

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Greetings Christmas Hills Landcarers,

This newsletter is to update you with news and events related to Christmas Hills Landcare. Included in this newsletter:

1. “Up the creek, without a paddle” the next CHLG event - Sunday, 29th July

2. Local painting now up for grabs – closes Tuesday, 31st July

3. Christmas Hills Landcare camera captures update

4. Friends of Christmas Hills Landcare facebook page

1. “Up the creek, without a paddle” the next CHLG event - Sunday, 29th July

Starting at Sally’s place in Scholz Road, and ending up at David and Joan’s place in Skyline Road North, Dan Borg and Trish Grant, Senior Aquatic Scientists from Melbourne Water will take us on an informative trip up the Watsons Creek.

At this event you will learn more about the geomorphology and hydrology of Watsons Creek catchment, as well as the fish and aquatic bugs that live within the creek. You will learn more about what the fish and the bugs can tell us about the health of the creek, some of the effects the 2009 bushfires have had, and what we as landholders can do to look after the health of Watsons Creek. More details in the attached flier.

If you have a 4WD that can carry several passengers, please bring it, as we will need a few to get to the creek at David and Joan’s place.

2. Local painting now up for grabs – closes Tuesday, 31st July

Neroli Merridew, a local resident from Skyline Road, has donated to the Landcare group a framed original painting by Walter Magilton to be used as a fund-raiser. The painting depicts a local landscape scene in Kangaroo Ground. This painting is now available for sale on eBay at

Walter Magilton is a local artist from Warrandyte, so what is up for grabs is a painting by a local artist, depicting a local scene, donated by a local, to a local community group.

All funds raised will be used by the group to help Christmas Hills landholders care for their local environment.

3. Christmas Hills Landcare Camera captures update

As you may be aware, the Landcare group now has sixteen motion-sensing cameras that the group is currently circulating through 28 properties as part of our Community Fauna Monitoring project. So far this year we have captured images of 15 different mammal species, and 4 different bird species

Native mammals captured were:

  • Brush-tailed Phascogale
  • Sugar Glider
  • Grey Kangaroo
  • Swamp Wallaby
  • Common Wombat
  • Short-beaked Echidna
  • Brush-tailed Possum
  • Ring-tailed Possum

Introduced mammals:

  • Black Rat
  • European Rabbit
  • Red Fox
  • Sambar Deer
  • Domestic cat
  • Domestic dog
  • Pet horse

Native birds:

  • Superb Lyrebird
  • Australian Magpie
  • Crimson Rosella
  • Grey Shrike-thrush


4. Friends of Christmas Hills Landcare facebook page

The Christmas Hills Landcare Group has stepped into the world of social media!

The committee has set up a facebook page called the Friends of Christmas Hills Landcare, and any of you out there with your own facebook pages, including your children, we want you to ‘like’ us! Find us at:

Cheers Doug