Cornish Hill Newsletter March 2019
Welcome back to Friends of Cornish Hill for 2019. We have already had a busy start to the year and have some upcoming events which we are sure you will be interested in.
CHILLOUT WALK – Chillout walk was a great success. On Saturday March 9th hosted on behalf of the Friends by Tanya Loos.
For more information, check out the March newsletter.
GETTING RID OF THE WEEDS
Interesting things have been happening on Cornish Hill as the Friends as we explore different ways of eradicating weeds and reducing our use of herbicides. Thanks to our neighbour Vasko, 8 gorgeous goats have been devouring their way through broom, blackberry, willow and other woody weeds. And just around the corner, mighty Ivon the not so terrible has been wielding the brush cutter to remove the infestations of blackberries along the creek.
At the other end of the Reserve, at the picnic area, Kieran Foley of Steam Weeds Eco Weed Management has been using high pressure steam on the weeds growing through the gravel near the Interpretation sign.
Removal of flowering gorse heads and cutting and painting willow suckers have taken place in the past. Big thanks to everyone who has taken part in this exercise. We can’t do this sort of thing without the help of our volunteers, We are looking forward to hosting a Conservation Volunteers team later in April and you might have guessed! Weed eradication will be the name of the game then as well.
Late last year we engaged a team from Aus Eco Solutions to complete a lot of weed removal above the picnic table. The initial brush cutting took place in November and significant rainfalls in December encouraged regrowth of the gorse. A return trip from Aus Eco in late January gave us a great opportunity to spray the regrowth.
We are grateful for the support of Landcare Victoria who have funded our weed eradication program.
Break up event for Friends of Cornish Hill
Friday 7th December is the date, 5:30pm is the start. BYO chair, glass, drinks, plates and cutlery plus a plate of food to share. Good idea to let Jan know what you are bringing.
BBQ facilities are available and we will be at the pavilion where the bbqs are which is close to the public toilet facilities on your left as you drive in.
Please let us know that you are coming by emailing Jan Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 0412499872, there may be a change of plans at the last minute and that way we can let you know. ….
Cornish Hill Newsletter November 2018
Welcome to the November 2018 edition of the Friends of Cornish Hill newsletter. Please download the newsletter by clicking on the PDF icon below.
Meet The Fochers
Understanding about living with wildlife as your neighbours can be challenging as those who attended the MEET THE FOCHERS event on Saturday 13th October found out. Blue Tongue lizards, Echidnas, Snakes, Frogs, Wallabies and a myriad of tiny insects all call Cornish Hill home, and the FOCHERS were keen to find out how they could be sure they were on the right track as they continue to restore habitat along the creek corridor. With Wild Life consultant Ian Temby, Lindall Kidd from Birdlife Australia, Janene Trickey from DELWP all on board, those who attended were well rewarded with some great advice about striking a balance. And to top it off, with wasp season just around the corner, Friends member Jan shared the secrets of making wasp traps and Gayle Osborne ably explained the VEAC process which has been a keen and sometimes vexing topic of conversation in the community.
*A wasp trap has been made.
*Gayles from Wombat Forestcare explaining how the change in status of the Wombat Forest will protect endangered species and checking out the VEAC map.
*Starting the event and the crowds.