On Friday September 13, the guest speaker at the Castlemaine Field Naturalist Club’s general meeting will be raptor enthusiast David Gemmell. From his website, David writes the following about his interests and activities:
I live in Central Victoria and this is where I do most of my filming. However, in order to achieve my objective – which is to film many of Australia’s birds of prey, I will be travelling far and wide in the years ahead. Ultimately, I would like to produce a DVD set which showcases the birds in their natural environment – with a focus on capturing nesting and hunting footage.
As usual, the talk will be held in the hall at the back of the Uniting Church site in Lyttleton St, Castlemaine, commencing from 7.30pm. Members and visitors all welcome.
The field trip on Saturday 14 September is being held in the bushland reserve surrounding the Barkers Creek Reservoir, which is to the north of Harcourt. The two Landcare groups on either side of the reservoir are seeking government funding to undertake significant management and restoration works there. These groups have requested help from the Castlemaine Field Nats to learn more about the plants and animals occurring in the reserve (both native and non-native), which will help them with their grant applications for this funding.
For those interested in attending, you can either meet at the Octopus building on Duke Street (opposite the Castle Motel) for an 11.30am departure, or meet at the picnic area at the reserve itself at 12 midday. Once at the reserve, we’ll join up with members of the Landcare Groups for a casual lunch (BBQ provided). After lunch we’ll all go for a walk around the reserve in one or more mixed groups (depending on numbers) to identify the biota occurring there. We expect that the excursion will run through until about 3.30pm. People of all levels of skill and experience are encouraged to attend; to share your knowledge and learn from others. Bring your cameras and field guides.