Adventures in Nature – Big Hill Walk

Another walk, another inexplicably sunny day. After seemingly endless rain and gloom, the SRCMN’s overseers once again called in a favour with the higher ups to make sure the weather was absolutely perfect for our third Adventures in Nature walk.

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Healthy Hectares – Soil Health

Soil health is a huge and complex field, making knowing where to begin difficult for those who are just starting out. As part of the Healthy Hectares program, we’ve created this video to help landholders get their foot in the door and start improving the health of their soils.

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Fungal Adventure in the Strathbogie Forest

After an amazing string of good luck with events, the weather finally caught up to us and forced this fungal adventure indoors. Driving winds and constant rain made the prospect of 4 hours in the bush an uninviting proposal, event for the most intrepid of mycology enthusiasts. Instead, we were treated to comfy chairs, gas heating and hot tea at the Strathbogie Hall; a sacrifice everyone was seemingly willing to make.

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Wildlife Drone Surveying Workshop with Field Master Systems

Time & Date: 7:00 – 8:30pm, Friday the 24th of June 2022Location: Barjarg Rd, Strathbogie (click link for exact location)Cost: Free Come along and help the Field Master Systems (FMS) team search for wildlife in the Strathbogie forest. Using the latest drone mounted thermal camera technology, the FMS crew will be holding a night-time workshop showing the benefits of…

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Adventures in Nature – Tarcombe Ridge Walk

Our second Adventures in Nature walk showcased the dizzying heights and intense lows of the mysterious Tarcombe Valley. A mix of new and familiar faces was heartening to see. These walks are as much about exploring nature as they are about making new friends.Walkers met at the end of Donavans Rd before the now traditional…

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Adventures in Nature – Rocky Ned Falls, Strathbogie Forest

Sunday the 3rd of April 2022 saw our small band of intrepid walkers tackle perhaps the most challenging SRCMN walk to date. Made up of newcomers and SRCMN walking veterans, the group was especially fit and motivated, managing to simultaneously keep up a cracking pace and take in all of the natural beauty and diversity on offer.

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2021 AGM

Welcome to Helen McKernan, our new President This year’s AGM was a fantastic opportunity for the SRCMN committee and members of the public to get together in person after nearly 2 tough years of COVID. The hardship was not over yet though, as the gate lock at the Euroa Arboretum had decided to throw up…

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Healthy Hectares – Land Class Fencing

Land Class Fencing allows you to assess your property’s unique characteristics and divide it up into areas of similar output and resilience. These areas are converted to paddocks, which can then be managed in the same way as other paddocks of the same class.

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Riparian Walk #3.6 – Seven Creeks, Strathbogie

After scouting this walk in February 2020, it felt like an eternity since we’d been to this part of the Seven Creeks. Our first ever riparian walk started at the most downstream publicly accessible stretch of the Sevens, so for our last walk, we thought we’d see what the top had to offer. Turn out…

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Healthy Hectares – Hillside Erosion

Hillside erosion is a tricky problem to tackle, but if you get in early, you can make a huge difference to your property. There’s no right way to stop erosion, every property is different, and solutions depend on multiple factors like: The severity of existing erosion The steepness of the hillside The amount of vegetation…

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Glideways Project

The project aims to identify places being used by glider populations and to map the gaps in ‘glideways’ as a focus for future restoration, revegetation and nesting box projects.

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Rocky Outcrops

Strathbogie Ranges Rocky Outcrop

Granite 2 Goulburn Rocky Outcrops and Paddock Trees Community and Volunteer Action Grant from DELWP 2019-2021 This project aims to link habitat around the foothills of the Strathbogie Ranges by connecting isolated rocky outcrops and scattered paddock trees to core blocks of remnant woodland. This project builds on the success of our recent ‘Our Catchments…

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Stop Mynas Strathbogie – Workshop #2 2019

The SRCMN’s final event for the year heralded our third visit from Darebin Parklands Senior Ranger Peter Wiltshire. Since our first workshop, Peter has guided residents of the Strathbogie Shire. For his third visit, we moved out of the every beautiful Euroa Arboretum and into the backyards of Euroa. To put everything we had learned…

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Riparian Walk #3.3 – Mountain Hut Creek, Kelvin View

After a few “best of” walks, it was back to doing what we do best: finding and exploring new, obscure and beautiful riparian areas in the Strathbogie Ranges. This was our last walk of the year, and it was one of the most spectacular to date. A lot had changed in the month since the…

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2019 AGM

Conservation Group Plans For Next Decade of Work Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network kicked off preparations for its 2020 to 2025 strategic plan when about 20 members gathered for the group’s Annual General Meeting in Ruffy on the weekend. Dr Jen Wilson, from the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, provided a review of recent projects…

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Stop Mynas Strathbogie – Workshop #1

The Stop Mynas Strathbogie program was born from the success of last years Common (Indian) Myna workshop at the gorgeous Euroa Arboretum. We were luck enough to again have Peter Wiltshire, a Senior Ranger from the Darebin Parklands, talk with the group about the impact Common Mynas can have on native bird populations. He also…

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Riparian Walk #3.2 – Wombat Creek, Strathbogie

Continuing the trend of revisiting previously explored riparian areas, the Wombat Creek didn’t disappoint. The previous visit was in March and the scenery could not have been more different. Knee high grass, still wet from the previous night’s downpour instantly dampened all hopes of keeping dry feet intact. The walk pace was fairly leisurely, with…

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Riparian Walk #3.1 – Boatholes Creek to Mineral Springs, Ruffy

After a winter hibernation, the acclaimed SRCMN riparian walks are back and better than ever, with this new series of six walks. The format this time is slightly different, with new routes mixed with old favorites from previous walks. The first walk to kick off the new series and new season was the fan favorite…

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Rewilding with minibeasts – Tamara Morgan

Abstract from the Under the Microscope Research Day 2019. Latrobe University. Ecosystem restoration is essential in returning degraded habitat and biodiversity to its former state.  Current methods focus on limited components of ecosystems, often overlooking invertebrates, which are critical to ecosystem functioning. Macrodetritivores play a key role in decomposition, a vital ecosystem process affecting soil nutrient…

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Bogies and Beyond

The Bogies and Beyond Project was created by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority to answer a single question: How can we measure the effects of climate change withing the Strathbogie Ranges?

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Under the Microscope 2019

On a stunning Euroa Winter’s day, 90 curious minds converged on the Euroa Football Club to learn about scientific research being conducted within the Strathbogie Ranges/Shire. An amazing lineup of speakers and fairly rapid timeline ensured that the audience was kept entertained while hearing the most important parts of what the speakers had to convey.…

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Riparian Walks

In late 2018, the Strathbogie Ranges CMN held the first of a series of riparian walks. The aim of these walks is to become better acquainted with our local waterways, and record some of their standout features along the way.

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Riparian Walk #5 – Hughes Creek, Tarcombe

With forecasts rapidly changing in the leadup to the walk, we weren’t sure what to expect from this unexpectedly fine Sunday morning. But as luck had it, the rain held off and made way for perfect walking conditions on the final walk in this series. An experienced gang of 7 rallied at the picnic ground…

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Riparian Walk #4 – County Creek, Ruffy

It was a wintry but clear morning in Ruffy, where 21 nature enthusiasts met to tackle the County Creek gorges. Starting again at the Ruffy CFA shed before driving down to the starting point where the County Creek intersects the Longwood-Ruffy Rd, the tradition of the first part of the walk being the hardest was…

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Riparian Walk #3 – Hughes Creek to Tarcombe

Despite the drizzle, 25 stoic walkers braved the weather to peruse this beautiful section of the Hughes Creek. Meeting at the Ruffy CFA shed, walkers piled into vehicles to the start point at Donovans Rd. The traditional pre-walk photo was taken before setting off down into the gorge. Rain from the chilly, saturnine night before…

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Children’s Artwork

A recurring theme across our events has been engaging with school children to create artworks based around the themes of our events. The SRCMN acknowledges the significant contribution of Euroa Primary School teacher Pauline Fraser in the production of most of these beautiful artworks which were made during class time. The school has collaborated with…

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Riparian Walk #2 – Wombat Creek

Our first walk for 2019 started with a bang, with 27 keen walkers setting out to explore the hidden gem that is Wombat Creek. With walkers from all over the state converging on Fergusons Rd, the cool, albeit dry conditions, were perfect for rambling down the creek. With the creek constantly rearing its head and…

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Indian Myna Day

Sightings of Indian (Common) Mynas have recently increased within the Strathbogie Shire, with residents reporting birds not only in towns and along roads, but in farmland, kilometers from the closest towns. Indian Mynas are extremely adaptable, aggressive and intelligent birds that not only compete for nest locations with native species, but actively attack and destroy…

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Roadside Vegetation Survey Presentation and Bus Trip

In 2018, the Strathbogie Shire commissioned Tim and Janet to undertake an unprecedentedly comprehensive survey of the Shire’s roadside vegetation health and diversity. What they found was a surprisingly diverse chain of ecosystems right next to our roadsides, something we take for granted every day. After delivering their recommendations to the council, the SRCMN knew…

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Riparian Walk #1 – Strathbogie to Polly McQuinns

Our first walk in this new series of 5 walks took place on a beautiful spring morning. A chilly breeze soon gave way to perfect conditions, where 17 keen trekkers set out to conquer the Smiths Bridge to Polly McQuinns adventure. Knee high grass mixed with wombat holes, blackberrys, fence crossings and snakes made for…

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Riparian Walk #6 – Emu Waterholes Creek

The last, and by far the coldest of our riparian walks began on a dead still and very frosty Ruffy morning. Nonetheless the turnout was great with every walker set to make the most of the perfect winters morning. The Emu Waterholes Creek walk was the easiest in the series, and ambling along the gentle…

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Fungimap – How to use a fungi app with Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher

The final event in the 2018 Fungi Festival saw a grey but relatively mild winters morning after a day of heavy rain; perfect fungi hunting weather. With a quick introductory talk on how to use the iNaturalist app from Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher, attendees loaded up their phones and set off hunting. The Euroa Arboretum proved…

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Fungimap – Fungi of the Goulburn Broken with Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher

The second last event in 2018’s Fungi Festival drew a crowd of both locals and dedicated fungi enthusiasts out of their homes on a chilly Friday night. Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher offered an introduction to the not-for-profit citizen science organisation called Fungimap, who work to increase fungi knowledge and conservation, as well as bring people with…

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Fungi Festival Malaysian Feast and Intro Talk with Alison Pouliot

Festival of Fungi with Alison Pouliot - Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network SRCMN

The first event in the 2018 SRCMN Fungi Festival lineup was huge, with over 70 fungi enthusiasts turning out for a short intro talk and Malaysian feast at the Strathbogie Memorial Hall. With the Hall near maximum capacity, everyone sat enthralled as the fervent Alison Pouliot delivered her introductory talk to the inquisitive crowd. Even…

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Fungi Festival – Local Fungal Curiosities Workshop with Alison Pouliot

Following a highly entertaining workshop and Malaysian feast the previous night, the full day workshop with fungus expert Alison Pouliot captured the imagination of those who wanted to delve deeper into the bizarre world of fungus. Held at the Strathbogie Memorial Hall, attendees bore witness to a spectacular array of local, freshly harvested fungi. With…

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Riparian Walk #5 – Boatholes Creek Ruffy

The fifth walk in the series of six walks departed at 9am from the Boatholes Rd bridge in Ruffy. The walk started rather cold, with a small campfire warming walkers before they departed. The weather steadily improved throughout the day with optimal temperatures for 17 strong walkers. Even with more than a few creek crossing…

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Riparian Walk #4 – Hughes Creek Gorge

The fourth walk in the series of six walks departed at 9am from Hughes Creek Rd. Walkers were greeted with perfect walking conditions, with a mild but sunny day proving optimal for seeing the Hughes Creek Gorge at its best, while also staying nice and cool. Almost immediately, the shoes were off for the one…

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Riparian Walk #3 – Gerars Creek

The third walk in the series of six walks kicked off at 9am from the Ruoaks Link bridge and finished on the intersection of Peters Lane and Tames Rd (at the bridge). Severe weather warnings had been forecast, but by the start of the walk, the weather had held so it was decided to continue…

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Riparian Walk #2 – Brookleigh Rd to Strathbogie Township

The second walk in the series of six walks kicked off at 9am from the Brookleigh Rd bridge and finished at the Strathbogie CFA Shed. Despite the threat of heavy rain, 17 keen walker showed up to explore the upper Seven Creeks Reserve. With the thunder rolling in, the walk concluded with about 15 minutes…

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Riparian Walk #1 – Polly McQuinns to Gooram Falls

The first walk in the series of six walks started at the Polly McQuinns weir and finished at the Gooram Falls car park on the Merton side (number 2). There was a great turnout, with 28 walkers coming out to enjoy the perfect weather and beautiful scenery of the Seven Creeks Reserve. Amongst the group…

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Strathbogie Forest Moth Night

SRCMN Strathbogie Moth Night

A balmy evening, without moonlight nor a hint of breeze, was the perfect backdrop for our second mothing night in the Strathbogie Forest. Twenty-six people joined moth expert Steve Williams on an evening of discovery, as we waited for these little magicians to appear from their hiding places. As daylight began to fade, they were…

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New and Part-Time Landholder Euroa Forum 2017

The Strathbogie Ranges CMN is excited to bring you this year’s introductory event for New and Part-Time Landholders. This is a great event for those who would like to learn more about the area, meet some locals and get their advice and expertise on a variety of topics affecting new landholders. If you haven’t attended…

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Revegetation Day – Ruffy

29/06/2017 On a sunny but bitterly cold Sunday in Ruffy, the SRCMN held a revegetation information event for local landholders. The aim of the day was to get the attendees thinking about flora on their land and covered topics such as: The advantages of revegetating cleared land The different species of seeds available How to…

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2016 Festival of Fungi – Alison Pouliot

Strathbogie Workshop peeks into the Fungi Kingdom Whether you love fungi (mycophilia) or fear it (mycophobia) people attending the first event of the month long Fungi Festival in the Strathbogie Ranges on Saturday learnt there was much to appreciate in the Fungi Kingdom. Australian – Swiss ecologist Alison Pouliot enthralled 55 attendees over the day…

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2016 Festival of Fungi – Puff Ball

Mushrooms kick up their heels after dark They came with mushrooms in their hair and mushrooms on their head.  Some came as earthy beings and some wore their best dancing clothes.  Local identity Shirley Saywell stole the show when she arrived as a mushroom – a puff ball. It was after all the Puff Ball. …

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Biolinks and Landscape Planning

Connecting native habitat across landscapes is a key goal in all biodiversity conservation projects and it’s no different in the Strathbogie Ranges region. Habitat corridors within the Ranges are important, as are connections between the Ranges and other parts of Victoria, particularly Central Victoria to the west and the Goulburn-Broken Plains to the north. The…

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