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Did you miss the Trevallyn BioBlitz?

Catch up with posted photos . . .

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What is a BioBlitz?

It is a festival of science in nature that will provide useful scientific data to land managers while also being fun, enjoyable and meaningful to the community. The Trevallyn BioBlitz was a collaboration between scientists, naturalists, students and the general community coming together to undertake a range of flora and fauna surveys.

The Trevallyn BioBlitz held 17 session over 2 days in early December, with 150 people attending!  So much to see, building community’s knowledge of, and skills in, the natural sciences and increasing community understanding of the importance of biodiversity and improving the connection to the local environment.

Photos from the Trevallyn Reserve BioBlitz. Thanks to all the community members that attended and special thanks to our survey leaders Anna Povey, Jo Lyall, Roy Skabo, Greg Lundstrom, QVMAG staff David Maynard, Simon Fearn, John Douglas and Gill Basnett.

BioBlitz Coordinator: Alison Hugo

Trevallyn BioBlitz 2020

When: Friday December 4 & Saturday 5 December

Where: Village Green, Duck Reach Rd, Trevallyn

What is the Trevallyn BioBlitz?

It is a festival of science in nature that will provide useful scientific data to land managers while also being fun, enjoyable and meaningful to the community. The Trevallyn BioBlitz is a callaboration between scientists, naturalists, students and the general community coming together to undertake a range of flora and fauna surveys.

It will develop the community’s knowledge of, and skills in, the natural sciences and increase community understanding of the importance of biodiversity and improve connection to the local environment.

Who is the BioBlitz Team?

The program is coordinated by the Tamar NRM staff. We then have a wonderful team of knowledgeable locals that will lead the surveys including; Greg Lundstrom, Jo Lyall, Roy Skabo, Anna Povey, Simon Fearn, David Maynard and John Douglas. We also have a great team of volunteers from The Friends of Trevallyn Reserve that will provide support throughout the Blitz.

Day One Friday December 4th

Flora survey: 10.00am-11.00am

Insect & reptile survey: 10.00am-11.00am

Scat & Tracks survey: 10.00pm – 11.00am

Water bugs: 10.00am – 11.00am

Flora survey: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Insect & reptile survey: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Night Stalk: 7.30pm – 9.00pm – meet at the cnr Reatta & Duck Reach Rds

Day two Saturday December 6th

Bird survey: 7.00am – 8.30am – meet at the cnr of Reatta & Duck Reach Rds

Water Bug survey: 9.30am – 10.30am

Flora Survey: 10.00am – 12.00am

Insect & Reptile survey: 10.00am -11.00am

Water bug survey: 12.00 – 1.00pm

Flora survey: 12.00 – 2.00pm

Insect & Reptile survey: 12.00 – 1.00pm

Scats & Tracks survey: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Gorge Walk & Talk: 2.00pm – 3.30pm meet at the Gorge car park on the Trevallyn side

All other activities will begin at the BioBlitz Hub at the Village Green Duck Reach Road. (Hoo Hoo Hut area)

To register your interest in any surveys or walks please email your name, the activity, the date & time and a contact email and mobile number to [email protected]

Enquiries: Tamar NRM Project Coordinator Alison Hugo 0438 265 792

Thanks to our main sponsor the Federal Government Community Environment Program as funded through Bridget Archer’s Office

Link to poster: https://www.tamarnrm.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Bio-Blitz-Cropped-Poster.png

2020 RAGWORT RAIDS

2020 will be our 21st year of Ragwort raiding!

Join us for this event as we are winning the battle in the Tamar Valley.

A combination of people power, biocontrol and enforcement is saving the area from large economic losses should ragwort become widely established.

Call for Volunteers:

East Tamar

Saturday 1st February

From 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

Meet at 9.00 am Pipers River Fire Station

BBQ Lunch provided.

 

West Tamar

Sunday 2nd February

From 9.00 am -12.00 noon

Meet at 9.00 am Winkleigh Hall, Winkleigh Road.

BBQ Lunch provided.

Launceston

Wednesday 5th February

From 9.00am to 12.00pm

Where: Launceston, Tasman Highway & Blessington Road

Meet at Waverley Lake Carpark, Naroo Street

Lunch provided.

 

Contact Tamar NRM

Ph. 6323 3310
or Coordinator Jo Lyall Mob. 0400 866 934

for information and registrations

LINK TO POSTER

Welcome to Jo Lyall long time “Ragwort raider” and our 2020 Ragwort Raid Coordinator. Jo has also prepared our report mapping for the past 2 years, so knows the roads travelled and where to look for Ragwort.

THE 2020 RAGWORT RAID REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE

Go to the “Reports” tab

Tamar NRM 2018-19 Annual Report

THANK YOU EVERYONE

Another big year finished. It is always nice to do a yearly roundup of what we have been doing as it reminds us what we have achieved. Thank you to our Management Committee; Reference Group; funding councils: City of Launceston, West Tamar and George Town Councils; supporters; volunteers; partners and landholders. Without us all working together we would not be as successful as we are. Check out our Annual Report on the Reports tab of our website along with other reports by Tamar NRM or by others on relevent issues. Or click on the thumbnail below (3.8MB).


 

 

A community clean-up of
kanamaluka / The Tamar Estuary
Monday 3rd to Sunday 8th November, 2020

In November, 2019 the inaugural “Catch it in the Catchment” clean-up event was held. The community got right behind this event cleaning up at 25 sites, with 300 participants, and 200 bags of rubbish collected.

This year we seek your help to keep our major waterway and surrounds free of rubbish.

The Week-long Event means more schools, community and sporting groups, and business can find a convenient time to spend just a few hours to participate.

More than just a clean-up.  The Catch it in the Catchment clean up provides an opportunity to highlight the important link between us in the catchment and our estuary. Let’s ‘catch’ litter (especially plastics) before it enters our estuary and makes its way to the sea.

Catch it in the Catchment – Aims and Objectives:
• To remove rubbish from the kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary, as it is detrimental to its ecological health, aesthetic value and economic potential
• To increase the communities’ understanding of the impact human activities and behaviours can have on the waterways in the Catchment.
• To offer a broad range of stakeholders an opportunity to participate in a positive community action as a way of responding to the problem of litter in the estuary.

Family and friends, school, community group and workplaces, are warmly invited to join this community clean up and help make a difference to our beautiful kanamaluka/ Tamar estuary.

Registration is easy Email or message us at: [email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/catchitinthecatchment

All we need is one contact person – others in your group can register on the day. or request to join a group. Additional information will be provided on registration.

Weed Action Fund – Applications close 31 July

The Tasmanian Government has opened applications for its new Weed Action Fund. This is a $5M program to be rolled out over the next 5 years.

Stage 1 of the program is for small grants of $1,000 – $5,000. Projects need to be able to be completed within 12 months. $140,000 is available in this small grants round.

You can find the guidelines, priority weed lists and application forms HERE.

Recognised primary producers, groups (e.g. Landcare groups) and organisations are eligible to apply.  Individual landowners whose properties are not involved in primary production are not eligible. 

Note that larger grants are expected to open for applications late this year.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE WEDNESDAY 31 JULY

 

 

Cressy Research Station Field Day

Tamar NRM, in conjuction with Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, is running a field day at the Cressy Research Facility to take a tour of the farm trial sites and talk about pastures, seeds and genebanks, fertilising pastures and soil nutrition.

When: Thursday March 21st 10.00 am to 2.30 pm
Where: Cressy Research Facility trial paddocks, Burlington Road, South of Cressy

Presenters include:
Rowan Smith (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture)
Stewart Sutherland and Tim Smallbon  (Upper Murray Seeds)
Eric Hall (Pastures expert and Tamar NRM PDS Consultant)

Bookings essential: Contact Greg Lundstrom on 03 6323 3310,  0438 642 112 or [email protected]

 

Click on Poster for details

Wildlife Caught on Camera

Tamar NRM has some new wildlife cameras to assist us, and others, in discovering what species are in the Tamar. During 2018 the cameras have been out in gardens and reserves taking photographs and videos of wildlife. The cameras have motion sensors so they are triggered by anything going past. The cameras are fitted with Infra Red Flash or Black Flash No Glow technology so there is little to no light seen by animals or people when taking night shots. We hire out the cameras, so if you would like to use them please contact us on [email protected] or 03 6323 3310

Some of the Latest Videos

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Some of the Latest Images

 

 

Tasmanian Bettong

 

 

 

Long-nosed Potoroo

 

 

 

Pademelon

 

 

 

 

Black Rad

 

 

 

Carr Villa, Trevally and SKEMPS had photos of cats (pets and feral)