Events

With exception of January, most months of the year have a talk on the evening of the 2nd Friday of the month, followed by an excursion on the following day.  There are other activities on occasions (e.g. Roadside clean-up, Swift Parrot surveys, Annual Bird count in December).

September 2017
Friday 8 September – Simon Heyes: Banksia marginata – recruitment and ecology
From 7.30pm.  Fellowship room behind the Uniting Church.  Lyttleton St, Castlemaine.

Sat 9 SeptemberExcursion – Rise and Shine Nature Conservation Reserve.
Leader:  Peter Turner
Depart at 1.30 pm from the car park opposite the Castle Motel on Duke St in Castlemaine (next to the Octopus building).  Bring afternoon tea, raincoat, suitable footwear.  A detailed map of the easy circular walk is available at the Information Centre (Market Building, Mostyn St), and a Parks Vic brochure is (usually) available at the reserve.

Wildflower Walks every Wednesday afternoon through September and into October.  They depart at 4pm from the car park opposite the Castle Motel on Duke St in Castlemaine (next to the Octopus building). An appointed leader will take us to an area in the surrounds of Castlemaine exhibiting a variety of flowering native plants at the time. We will spend about an hour at the location. Bring field guides, magnifying glass, camera etc., and appropriate footwear.

Next Walk – Wed 18th October, departing 4 pm.  Two Wednesday sessions have had to be cancelled due to rain, so we will continue for at least one more week.

October 2017
Friday 13 October – Robyn Davidson
From 7.30pm.  Fellowship room behind the Uniting Church.  Lyttleton St, Castlemaine.
Robyn Davidson’s first book, ‘Tracks’, an account of her journey alone, with camels, across Australia, won several awards, and has been published in twenty languages. She has been travelling ever since.  

Sat 14th OctoberExcursion – Red White & Blue Track .
Leader:  Richard Piesse
Depart at 1.30 pm from the car park opposite the Castle Motel on Duke St in Castlemaine (next to the Octopus building).  Bring afternoon tea,  suitable footwear.
We will visit the fenced plots where rare Sticky Boronea plants have been protected.  They are spectacular in flower at present, and spreading along the ridge.  Then back to the mine site area for further exploration.

November 2017
Friday 10 November -Ian Higgins is the guest speaker for the November CFNC meeting.  Ian is a renowned local botanist, and was recently recognised as the 2017 Victorian Landcarer of the Year for his work with the Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare group.
Ian’s talk, ‘The Americans are coming’, is to be about the invasive stipoid needle grasses that are spreading across many parts of Australia, including the local area.   His talk will cover:

Chilean Needle-grass (photo from the NSW DPI website).

What are they?—the seven species currently known (or prohibited in the case of Mexican Feather-grass) from Victoria
Where are they?
 i.e., where known to exist in Victoria and in our district.
Why are they a problem? Their behaviour and the threat posed to natural values
How can I identify them? Identification characteristics, especially how to distinguish them from native grasses
How are they spreading?  Dispersion strategies and human involvement.
How to manage them?  Duration of seed viability in soil, herbicides, etc.

Ian has also offered to help members and visitors to identify different grass species on the night.  If you have a specimen that you suspect is a weed, bring it along (preferably in a sealed plastic bag to prevent the spread of seeds).
The meeting is to be held from 7.30pm on the second Friday in November (10th Nov). Members and visitors all welcome.  It will be at the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St, Castlemaine – next door to the Art Gallery.  Due to exams being held in hall, this talk will be held in the chapel at the rear of the main church building. 

Saturday 11 November – Excursion. Following on from Ian Higgins’ presentation, Margaret Panter will lead a workshop session in the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens on identification and safe removal of Chilean Needlegrass.
We will be shown how to identify, remove and dispose of  this Stipoid tussock grass  –  giving us the opportunity to assist the CBG in reducing this threat.  Please bring along a weeding tool (miniature mattock, weed lifter or sturdy serrated (old) table knife), and perhaps a kneeling mat or knee pads.  You may find a magnifying lens useful.
Depart at 1.30 pm from the car park opposite the Castle Motel on Duke St in Castlemaine (next to the Octopus building).  Bring afternoon tea,  suitable footwear, hat and sunscreen.

December 2017
2 & 3 December – Annual Challenge Bird Count weekend.  Contact Chris to express interest in being involved on a birdwatching team (c_timewell@hotmail.com).  All abilities and experience welcomed.  More info to be posted on website soon.

Friday 8 December – Members night and break-up

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