Threatened Species – Hunting Orchids and Pollinators

As mentioned in the report on our AGM, we were successful in our application for a grant to protect an orchid area in the Ironbarks State park. Noushke and I went there in September with ranger Dave Handscombe to plan where the fence should go. The lack of rainfall was so evident; the ground was dusty dry and the usual orchids were so scarce. Scary.

Marking the fence corner

Marking the fence corner

Some of us joined a search with the native Orchid Society in October looking for some rare Prasophyllum, Caladenia and Thelymitra off Harrops Track in the vicinity of Camp Creek. We failed to find the target species but saw many other orchids. Gail and I spent a peaceful hour sitting in the warm sun beside a rare orchid in a pot, with a butterfly net in our hands, hoping to catch a wasp or other pollinator, but alas no success. Nobody … Read the rest

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You may have heard or read about the exciting news that there is photo confirmation of at least one live quoll in the Grampians national park. One of the remote cameras set up near the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby release site has captured a clear image.


Among the many questions is: is this a lone male come from a known population to the south (eg Mt Eccles) in search of a female, or is it part of a local group? The former seems possible, but unlikely, as it is over 100km. The possibility of a local group is great news, and there’ll be more camera work of course. By the way, they did check whether the local zoo had had any escapes.

It is also good to have it confirmed that the fox baiting programme does not affect quolls.


quoll image002 quoll image001

So many congratulations … Read the rest

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Spring is always a busy time for the TSG as it is so much easier to monitor rare species when they are in flower. As can only be expected,some searches were successful, others not. But it is always a good experience to walk slowly, concentrating on the vegetation, with others there to help you learn the not-so rare plants as well. You certainly don’t need to be an expert. Plus you get out to see different parts of the Park. Only two of the excursions are written up here, but there are a few more photos on the website.


It was a very small group who went looking to see how this unusual rice flower (Pimelea pagagophylla) was faring on Mt William. But the three of us had a great day. We started near the car park and looked along the road and on the … Read the rest

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Austral Pipewort Search 12th March

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Translocation of Threatened Plants

Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) are presenting a workshop on 26th and Field trip 27th of May. The workshop will be held at DSE Nicholson street Melbourne and is aimed at people involved in, or who would like to be involved in the planning, approval or implementation of a translocation project for threatened flora. Cost for non ANPC members is $165 or $145 concession. Further information and registration forms are on the ANPC website or contact Noushka Reiter of Horsham DSE 0400041365.… Read the rest

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Threatened Species Activity

Austral Pipewort

Please join interested volunteers in
surveying for this federally endangered
plant between Woohlpooer and Mereek on

Saturday the 12th
of March 2011
Meeting at 9.30 am at Cherrypool roadside restrooms
Please bring snacks, drinks, sunscreen, at lunch,
mosquito repellent and gumboots.

Yes it has re-emerged after two decades!

For further information please contact
Noushka Reiter: 0400041365
David Pitts: 0408565541 … Read the rest

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Proo, Kathy and I attended a planning meeting of the TSG recently. As well as Parks, DSE and the botanists, three long term Field Naturalists from Stawell were there and their knowledge was so impressive. It was a good reminder of how valuable the work of “amateurs” is. Compared to the “professionals” who seldom spend a lifetime in one area, the “amateurs” have years of learning. The trick will be: how to capture that knowledge for the future? e.g it may be vital for input into fire plans etc. That’s where groups like the TSG, FOGGS, Field Nats are so important in making that knowledge available to DSE and Parks. That’s why it’s important that we keep records and don’t throw them out. The herbarium collection of the Stawell Field Nats is now housed in archival boxes in our volunteers’ room, but some other stuff needs careful cataloguing and archival … Read the rest

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(From the CMA newsletter but covering several of the activities FOGG members have helped with.)

Wimmera Threatened Species Officer Pauline Rudolph compiled a list of achievements after ‘a year to remember’.  Ms Rudolph said the flora team had ‘significant’ achievements during the year. “There are certainly more things worthy of mention, but 10 is a good take-home message,” she said. “Many of these achievements wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of our plant-enthusiast volunteers.”  Ms Rudolph said the top 10 achievements were in no specific order.

The State Government funds the Wimmera Threatened Species program through Wimmera CMA. The top 10 achievements were: 

  1. A new location of the Tawny Spider-orchid, Caladenia fulva. 
  2. Creating collections for the Millennium SeedBank project with the Royal Botanic Gardens.
  3. Extending the population of the Grampians Bitter-Pea, Daviesia laevis in the Grampians. 
  4. Roadside-plant studies north of the Little Desert, updating numbers and health for
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Vote for the Brush Tail rock wallaby
The Victorian government is having a competition on what endangered species they are going to put on the vehicle registration labels next year. Of course, the Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby is on the list and you all need to vote for it…..please!!!. Tell your friends, kids, schools, relatives etc etc etc to vote. Go to and follow the links to ‘Plants and Animals’,
‘Threatened Species Competition’ … Read the rest

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The search went very well. Sylvia and six volunteers. At all the previous recorded sightings on the Sheephills track we found masses of seedlings, but only one or two plants that had resprouted from the parent plant. We estimated that each mature plant must have left behind in excess of a hundred viable seeds, which had been dispersed about 10-15m on either side of the parent plant – probably spread by ants. Some seed had germinated the first spring and some the second spring after the fire. A good strategy if you don’t know if there’s going to be sufficient rain for adequate growth in the first year. Many of the seedlings had already flowered and one or two had reached around 30cms in height. Altogether very reassuring, now we just have to see how many survive the pressures of competition from other species and from browsing.
We were fortunate … Read the rest

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