The BLWG objective to identify natural corridors within Ashbourne’s Campaspe River environs as well as the broader Ashbourne precinct to promote and develop wildlife habitats; to increase connectivity to support and enhance the biodiversity of the Ashbourne area.
BLWG PROJECT – Jock’s Gully Biolink
As an outcome of a Ashbourne Landcare Group workshop held at Marsh Court in 2021 a proposal to create a 2km biolink running south along Jocks Gully, from Einsporns Road, continuing south beyond Ashbourne Road has been develop and is now in action.
Securing a grant through DELWP the BLWG is working with 3 private landowers to protect 2km of land to help promote biodiversity within the area. Detailed planning and delivery of this project includes:
· Stock proof fencing (including access) of the sites
· Noxious weed spraying
· Sourcing and planting plans
· Planting and protection of xx thousand plants
· Community engagement and planting days with Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country Education days with Woodend Primary School and Melbourne Grammar Camp.
Partners and thanks to: MRSC and Krista Patterson-Majoor, DELWP.
BLWG PROJECT – Ashbourne Natural Connections
In line with the overall ALG vision and aims Ashbourne Natural Connections is about:
· Providing habitat connections though the upper Campaspe catchment and to Wombat Forest
· Addressing the impacts of climate change
· Protecting and increasing biodiversity in the Ashbourne district including - flora, fauna, fungi
· Improving water quality in the Campaspe River and its tributaries
· Providing sustainable farming benefits and property amenity
This project includes a four pronged approach which seeks to inform, involve and educate the ALG community about our biolink master planning objectives. Activities currently in progress include:
· Creation of a 6 page coloured brochure setting out Biolink objectives for distribution to members and the wider community.
· Development of a Living Document template to record all Biolink projects and activities – this aims to promote the work we are doing to encourage further participation and assist with planning of future work.
· Production of a short video to communicate to ALG members and wider community benefits and examples of biodiversity projects.
· Ecological assessments of 12 landholder's smaller properties to highlight their natural attributes.
Partners and thanks to: DELWP, Mark Lamble,
To get involved - Contact BLWG Convenor.