Ellinor Campbell has suggested some interesting snippets from the Land for Wildlife and the Wombat Forestcare newsletters.

From the Land for Wildlife newsletter:

Australian Museum’s free FrogID app is available on iOS (iPhone) and Android phones. It is a fantastic tool that’s easy to download and use. All you need to do is visit a wetland, take a recording, and press submit! The FrogID app will get back to you with details of what frogs were calling.

Moth Tracker; The failure of Bogong Moths to arrive in the highlands in recent years is very likely the cause of poor survival of pouch young for Victorian populations of Mountain Pygmy-possum over those two summers. The likely cause of this decline in Bogong moth numbers is a lack of rainfall due to winter drought and the effects of climate change impacting breeding grounds.

Moth Tracker allows anyone, anywhere to geo-locate, photograph and log their moth sighting on any internet enabled device. The information gathered will provide open source data to the scientific community about Bogong moth numbers, locations and migration timing, assisting with bridging knowledge gaps and alerting the Mountain Pygmy-possum Recovery Team to early warning of possible failed migration in 2019. To be part of the Moth Tracker project, visit the following website for more information: https://www.swifft.net.au/mothtracker/


From the Wombat Forestcare newsletter:

  • A Brush with Bronzewings
  • A few more Peas
  • Elusive Powerful Owls

Weed of the month



Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.

More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.

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