Well done Mornington Peninsula Wildlife Action Group and Greens Bush Association.
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Reposted from @seedingvictoria The brown clumps found on this lightwood (Acacia implexa) are actually a gall commonly found on many Acacia species known as Acacia gall rust. These galls are caused by a fungus, which infects the stem or leaf of the plant. It then produces a chemical that forces the Acacia to grow these knobs. It doesn't usually kill the plants, but severe infection can increase sensitivity to drought, reduce the canopy of the plant and reduce seed production... nooooooooooo!

There isn't really a way to control the infection. If you see this pop up on Acacias in your garden the best way to fix it is to cut off the infected area.

Interestingly enough, this fungus is being used in countries where Acacias have become a weed to help reduce the capacity of those populations to continue invading habitats.

Photo credit: thanks to Gail Weston for another great photo!

#gall #acaciagall #acaciagallrust #acacia #fungus #lightwoodacacia #acaciaimplexa #australia #victoria #summer #seedcollection #habitat #seedingvictoria #aussieseed #aussienatives
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Repost from @habitatrestorationfund

Weโ€™re holding an Open Day! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

On Saturday the 12th February 2022 at 10am we will be hosting an Open Day at one of our most prized restoration sites! This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a guided tour through 40 acres of private bushland in Red Hill.

Part of a larger 100 acre forest connecting habitat for the Peninsulaโ€™s diverse array of flora and fauna, this stunning patch of private bush has undergone woody weed removal over 4 years to return it to the pristine forest it is today. Birdwatchers will be delighted to know that this property is home to the threatened Powerful Owl and Masked Owl, both of which are champions of our campaign to end the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) across the Mornington Peninsula. For the geology buffs there is a bluestone intrusion on site, one of the only accessible exposures of dark shales on the Peninsula!

This is an awesome opportunity not to be missed! Weโ€™re so excited to welcome you all onto this beautiful property but please note RSVPs are essential, so check out the details below to register your interest.

๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€
๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ & ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ: Saturday 12th February 2022, 10am
๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: Red Hill
๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: No parking is available onsite. Please park in the vacant land on Shoreham Road diagonally opposite the address. Please observe all directions from parking marshals on the day who will also be there to assist everyone in crossing Shoreham Road safely.
๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—ฉ๐—ฃ: Email us at with the subject line โ€˜Open Dayโ€™ to register your interest. Address provided upon RSVP.
๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Walks will be conducted on well formed tracks however the terrain is steep. Please wear suitable shoes and bring wet weather gear/a rain jacket should it be required. You are also advised to bring your own water, snacks, insect repellent and sun protection.
๐—–๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€: All participants will be expected to check in via QR Code and display current Covid-19 vaccination certificates upon arrival.
๐—™๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€: Pets strictly prohibited. No toilets available on site.
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Re-posted from @mp_koalas

Mum and joey in Arthurs Seat State Park in Dromana a few days ago! They were spotted not too far from where we planted around 1000 trees last year. Great to see the next generation looks strong and healthy, now we just need to ensure they have sufficient habitat to live in! ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ’• #koalas #saveourkoalas #australia #koalaconservation #wildlife #morningtonpeninsula
#mornpenbiodiversity
#backyardbiodiversity
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Repost from โ€ข @mp_koalas Unfortunately we had another two dead koalas this weekend so far. One on Merricks Rd and one on Dunns Creek Rd. Please slow down and watch out for wildlife, especially from dusk until dawn! ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ...

Posted @withregram โ€ข @gday2u A Black-winged Stilt in reflection.

#blackwingedstilt #bird #birdphotography #birdsofaustralia #birdsofinstagram #featheredfriends #kings_birds #pocket_birds #ig_discover_birdslife #ig_birds #ig_bird_shots #nuts_about_birds #your_best_birds #eye_spy_birds #bestbirdshots #birds_adored #birds_perfection #birdingkeepsmesane #birds_captures #birdlifeoz #feather_perfection #birds_brilliance #abcmyphoto #elite_raptors #planetbirds #victorian_birders #feathers_of_australia #westerntreatmentplant #melbournewater #myhappyplace
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Repost from @landcareaustralia using Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„

The team from Landcare Australia wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the individuals, groups and organisations involved in landcare and their contributions to caring for Australiaโ€™s natural environment in 2021.

๐Ÿ™Œ We have so much more that we need to do together! ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Repost from @mp_koalas

- โš ๏ธAnother near miss on Frankston-Flinders Rd at 11.30pm last night. Koalas are incredibly active at the moment and our main arterial roads are so difficult to navigate for our koalas. The speed limit in this section near Merricks is 100km/h - would you be able to stop? Please drive carefully, especially from dusk until dawn. โš ๏ธ #koalas #saveourkoalas #australia #koalaconservation #wildlife #morningtonpeninsula
#mornpenbiodiversity
#backyardbiodiversity
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Greens Bush Association working bee this Sunday 19th December. ...

#lmpl
#mplandcare
#mornpenlandcare
#landcarevictoria
#landcareaustraliaย 
#biolinks
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Repost from @savearthursseat

Breaking news: The Ross Trust have announced they will not be pressing ahead with plans for a new quarry on Arthurs Seat!!
This is amazing news for our environment and the native animals that call Arthurs Seat/Wonga home! ๐Ÿจ๐ŸŒณ Itโ€™s also amazing news for our community. Especially current and future generations of local children that attend childcare and school less than 1km from the proposed quarry site. ๐Ÿšธ
Thank you to everyone who has helped ensure this outcome, from the doctors and environmental and philanthropic leaders who put their names to open letters, to the people who signed petitions, raised money, spoke out in the media and to politicians, or worked tirelessly in the background.
This community campaign was about using the truth to shine a light on a deeply misguided plan.
It was about doing what is right to protect what is most precious.
We will continue to ensure that Arthurs Seat / Wonga is protected, but today we all can celebrate a great outcome. โค๏ธ
#SaveArthursSeat #peoplepower #bestChristmaspresentever
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Linking the Mornington Peninsula Landscape (LMPL)

Linking the Mornington Peninsula Landscape (LMPL) is an initiative that aims to reconnect fragmented remnants of indigenous vegetation to create wildlife corridors (biolinks) on the Mornington Peninsula. LMPL assists Mornington Peninsula Landcare groups and landholders to develop collaborative local biolink plans for catchments across the Peninsula. These plans focus on works required to achieve the biolink on private properties, but also consider public land in the biolink area.

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Designed as a 5-year project, LMPL is being undertaken in 10 different regions on the Mornington Peninsula.

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In 2021 (Year 4) biolink plans were produced for the Merricks Coolart Landcare area and the Manton & Stony Creeks Landcare area.

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In 2017 (Year 3) biolink plans were produced for the Red Hill South Landcare area and Dunns Creek Landcare area.

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In 2014-15 (Year 2) biolink plans were developed for Watson Creek Landcare area (northern Peninsula – Baxter, Somerville, Frankston South), and Sheepwash Creek Landcare area (Red Hill, Dromana South).

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In 2015-2016 (Year 1) biolink plans were developed for Main Creek Landcare area and Southwest Mornington Peninsula Landcare area.

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In 2014, a pilot biolink was developed for the Tuerong-Mooroduc area, near Devilbend Reserve.

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LMPL is a project of the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation League.