Our Land for Wildlife Mammal and Reptile encounters morning with Territory Wildlife Park is filling up fast. This is especially designed for our members. Book now!
or the photo below to read our Mid Year Newsletter-
Read about new members, Land for Wildlife and Bees, feature Wildlife, Bush tucker and upcoming workshops
Wild Care and Land for Wildlife have a partnership, LFW members are asked if they would allow rescued and ready animals to be released on their properties, mainly “soft release”, those that are healthy and just need to be back in the bush .
There is a course coming up where you can learn to care for those animals that need a bit more intensive love. Below are the details-
If you love our Top End native plants, a great group in the Darwin region to be involved in is Top End Native Plant Society. The group hold monthly meetings with presenters and have a wonderful website that help you identify plants by flower colour http://www.topendnativeplants.org.au/
TENPS is hosting an Native Plant open Garden Scheme. The first one is this Sunday 21st June-
Girraween field day is an annual event hosted at the rural based Girraween primary school. Here schools, local businesses and government comes together with the wider community and showcase local practices and produce used to create sustainable living solutions and encouraging sustainable behaviour and a connection to environment. The theme this year was “Love Where You Live”. Two fantastic programs, Land for Wildlife Top End and ALEP (Aboriginal Land Care Education program) both run through Greening Australia, hosted a stall. Yvette Brady, training Coordinator and Emma Lupin, Land for Wildlife coordinator along with 4 ALEP students training in Conservation Land Management Certificate I, spent the morning engaging with students from more than 4 rural schools and their families. Among program information and photos there was a display of a variety of native seeds of many shapes, sizes and colours ranging from the huge Pandanus nuts to some tiny Eucalyptus seeds, yellow Brachychiton seeds and red Adenanthera (Red Bead Tree) seeds. The seeds drew a lot of attention from students and highlighted the diversity of our native plants in the place that we love and live and the wonder of how they reproduce. The ALEP students helped run a potting up activity, where all students and family could learn to pot up seedling of the native Premna acuminata, a butterfly attracting plant from our native coastal forest, and take them home to grow on. Emma, LFW coordinator also ran an activity matching photos of our native wildlife to their categories (insect, reptile, bird or mammal) and matching photos of landscape types to their names. It was a wonderful event which hopefully helped those attending see the wonder in our native landscapes
Girraween primary students give the ALEP Conservation Land Management students and Land for Wildlife staff a tour of their native calendar plant garden at the open day.
We are welcoming more members every week who manage their land for native wildlife. Before we covered the story of Lloyd Beck from Adelaide River. Also in the region we have welcomed 2 other LFW properties in The Robin Falls region. Here are their stories-
Keith and Rick joined land for Wildlife late last year and shared with us their story-
Our place ‘Marumba’ ( good place ) its an Aboriginal word from the Jagera (Yagera) people of SE Qld where Rick was born.
We purchased the land 3 years ago after seeing a it advertised in the classified section of the NT News. Its outside Adelaide River near Robin Falls. Just under 140acres (63 hectares) of native bushland and no evidence of being farmed which appealed to us. There is a rocky ridge that crosses the block from north to south and from the top we look over the flood plain to the east and toward Litchfield NP in the west. We have a sheltered valley between the two long rocky ridges. There is a good mixture of habitats from treed areas to open grassland, hills, flood plains and numerous wet season billabongs.
We are setting up an off the grid life from scratch, building using recycled materials as much as possible, we are always after old corrugated. iron, collecting rain water in tanks and using solar power. making as little impact on the planet as possible. We like to think of our place as a sanctuary for wildlife so no longer allow domestic pets such as dogs.
0ver the last 18 months we have been hosting volunteer helpers from around the world through Helpx and Workaway websites its been a fantastic experience to share our place, meet some amazing people from 18 to 68yrs and have the extra help.
One of things we love about being in nature with no neighbours is that we can spend all of our time not wearing clothes, which feels the more normal to us and allows us to feel more in tune to the surroundings
We recently started a Facebook page. ‘ Marumba – a good place’ if you want to see more of our place.
Mike is another newly joined member of Land for Wildlife in the Adelaide River region. He manages a beautiful piece of rocky Warrai country with a small creek running through it, and it is his primary residence in the Robin Falls region
The vegetation is continuous with uncleared bush that eventually joins Litchfield National Park to the west. The 150 hectares is managed for wildlife conservation and includes stunning plants typical of the region including Corymbia dichromophloia,(small fruited boodwood) Corymbia dunlopii, Eucalyptus tectifica, Eucalyptus tintinnans,(Salmon Gum) Owenia vernicosa, Calytrix brownii, Gardenia megasperma. Erythrophleum chlorostachyus (Ironwood), Corymbia foelscheana.
There are also plenty of fruiting plants on the lower slopes and lush riparian flora on the creek edges. The creek edges have been enhanced planted to restore the riverine margins and the inner 20 acres of the block is burnt with a documented fire strategy of patchwork burning, but beyond this fire is harder to manage due to unprescribed burning.
98.7% of the land is calculated to be remnant vegetation with a small area around the house assigned to productive plants and a dam. Only a few problems with Mission grass remain and a cane toad population which is being managed. There are regular sighting of water monitors, echidnas, dingos, wallabies/ wallaroos, fruit bats and many reptile and bird species; but unfortunately it seems the mammal species has declined in the last 8 years; very occasionally a pig or cow may wander through.
Land management activities are often assisted by an informal group of friends and nearby landholders who enjoy being part of the process of conserving a valuable landscape.
It has been announced by The NT Weeds Branch that Neem (Azadirachta indica) is being declared a weed.
This well know tree, prized in Asia as an insecticide which is becoming a well distributed plant, out competing our native trees in the rural area and beyond, particularly by waterways. I have seen it on quite a few LFW assessments and many land holders are not entirely sure what it is, so I thought I would post this information. The fruit is eaten and spread by birds.
Below is some information provided by the weeds branch and some FAQs-
The NT Government (weeds branch) has formulated a draft weeds management plan, it is available at http://www.lrm.nt.gov.au/weeds/find/neem, the plan is open for comment and you contact the department for more information.
What does the Weed Management Plan do?
Weed Management Plans establish the management requirements that must be undertaken by land managers with respect to declared weeds. They also describe best management practice control options. The Weed Management Plan for Neem (Azadirachta indica) will form part of a strategic approach to weed management in the Northern Territory, with the overall aim being to negate the impact of neem on the natural environment and the Northern Territory economy.
What is neem and why was it declared as a weed in the Northern Territory?
Neem is a fast growing introduced tree that is rapidly establishing in Top End waterways including the Katherine River. Neem’s high levels of seed production, extensive root systems and ability to regrow from suckers has enabled it to aggressively compete with native plants, even in healthy, intact environments. In July 2014, neem was declared a Class B (growth and spread to be controlled) and Class C (not to be introduced to the NT). Since the declaration of neem as a weed, it has been encouraging to see the amount of control that has taken place to date, however there is still more to do.
If I have neem on my property am I obligated to control it?
Landholders must use their best endeavours to control the growth and spread of neem, this includes controlling seedlings, saplings and, where feasible, mature trees. Although not required by the Plan, the removal of mature trees from urban settings is considered highly beneficial as this removes a source of neem seeds. It is illegal to buy, sell or transport neem plants of seeds and no new plantings are permitted within the Northern Territory.
How difficult is neem to control?
The management of isolated neem plants and small infestations can be relatively straightforward. However, the control of large established infestations will require careful planning, prioritisation and budgeting. Results may not be immediately apparent, as repeated effort may be required to produce obvious reductions in distribution and density.
Where can I find a copy of the Plan and/or make comment?
The draft Plan can be found on http://www.lrm.nt.gov.au/weeds/find/neem and online feedback form http://www.lrm.nt.gov.au/lrm/community-consultation or by calling Weed Management Branch on 8999 4567 for a hard copy.
A summary paper has also been written to identify the key objectives of the Plan. Written submissions can be sent to to: Weed Management Branch Department of Land Resource Management PO Box 496 Palmerston NT 0831 Or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Darwin Jabiru Yulara Katherine Three Ways Alice Springs Tennant Creek Management Zone (Class B/C) http://www.nt.gov.au/weeds Management Zone What happens to my comments/feedback? The draft Plan will be available until Friday 17 April 2015. Comments received during this time will be taken into consideration when developing the final Weed Management Plan, which will then be sent to the Minister for Land Resource Management for approval in accor