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Golden Plains Shire
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
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Whirrakee Wattle and Huntly Streamside biolinks

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Whirrakee Wattle Biolink – Whipstick to Bendigo Creek

Whirrakee Wattle Biolink aims is to improve native vegetation linkages between Greater Bendigo National Park Whipstick Block/Whipstick Nature Conservation Reserve and Bendigo Creek/Huntly Streamside Reserve (2-5 kilometers northwest of Huntly)

The linkages will improve ecological connectivity between these public land areas and help prevent local extinctions caused by natural disasters/climate change. A section of road reserve has been revegetated and wildlife nestboxes installed in scattered trees. Northern Bendigo Landcare Group vision is to engage neighbouring landowners in extending core habitat onto their land by including scattered paddock trees. A Whirrakee Wattle Walking Trial brochure has been produced.

Project funded by a State Government of Victoria Community for Nature Grant.

Whirrakee Wattle (Acacia williamsonii) - rare
 

Huntly Streamside Reserve Biolink - Creekline Grassy Woodland (Goldfields) Community, Bendigo Ck

Huntly Streamside Reserve Biolink aims to enhance a highly degraded Creekline Grassy Woodland Community. The Biolink will perform a vital role in conserving threatened species by assisting their dispersion/movement & will also act as a refuge during  prolonged droughts likely to be exacerbated by climate change. The Reserve is 216 ha of public land located 2 km  east of Huntly township, in the Central Victorian Goldfields Region.

The Huntly Streamside Reserve  is a significant remnant within a largely cleared floodplain. A rapid increase in housing developments through Epsom and Huntly has compounded the loss of native vegetation and connectivity. Project activities include community plantings, weed & rabbit control, educational activities, nestbox installation & monitoring Northern Bendigo Landcare Group has the support of Parks Victoria, local primary schools, Bendigo TAFE Conservation & Land Management and other community groups. 

Project funded by a State Government of Victoria Threatened Species Protection Initiative – Community Action Grant Round 2.

Nest Boxes

The group has installed 50 nest boxes so far (February 2017) with a range of designs to suit a range of species including; Brush-tailed Phascogale,  Sugar Glider, Pardalote,  Duck sp.,  Lorikeets,  Brown Treecreeper,  Owlet-nightjar,  Microbats.  Monitoring has found at least one of each type of box has been used by all these except for Lorikeet,  Brown Treecreeper  and Owlet -nightjar.

Threatened fauna near these projects

Conservation status from Victorian threatened species advisory lists

  • Australian Shoveler - Vulnerable
  • Brown Toadlet - Endangered
  • Brown Treecreeper - Near Threatened
  • Brush-tailed Phascogale - Vulnerable
  • Common Greenshank - Vulnerable
  • Common Sandpiper - Vulnerable
  • Curlew Sandpiper - Endangered
  • Glossy Ibis - Near threatened
  • Grey-crowned Babbler - Endangered
  • Hooded Robin - Near threatened
  • Swift Parrot - Endangered

Threatened flora near these projects

  • Blue Mallee - Rare
  • Common Saltbush - Rare
  • Cotton Cassinia - Rare
  • Dwarf Cassinia -  Rare
  • Whipstick Westringia - Endangered
  • Whirrakee Wattle - Rare

 

Whirrakee Wattle Biolink Trail brochure pdf

 

 

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