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20 March 2013

DESERT DISCOVERY AGM AT NEDS CORNER STATION


 

Desert Discovery is a voluntary non profit organisation that works to protect and enhance the natural environment in remote regions of Australia. The organisation select and research a remote location every two years and place the findings on the public record. To be successful, Desert Discovery needs to attract and retain a mix of volunteers who are skilled in the natural sciences and all aspects of outback travel and logistics. Desert Discovery needs also to maintain contact with government and non government agencies to identify areas where their research would be best directed.

This year, the Desert Discovery committee decided to hold their Annual General Meeting at Neds Corner Station, and it was a huge success.

Many of their members have visited Neds Corner Station before and were amazed at the changes that have taken place in infrastructure, regeneration of native species and revegetation across the property as a result of planting seedlings.

Over the weekend meeting from 8 – 10 of March, 35 members and non- members attended, and Neds Corner Station property managers, Peter & Colleen Barnes, were very pleased to be asked to become members of this research group.

 

There was also pitfall trapping on the property, with the help of long-term volunteer, Clive Crouch He caught a juvenile fat-tail dunnart Sminthopsis crassicaudata , which survives in grassy woodlands and Chenopod shrubland. They usually live in huge cracks in the ground, but as this is not the case at this site, they would live in a vacant hole, a hollow log or a grass nest they build at the base of a bush. Thejuvenile in the photo below would probably be one of about 4 or 5 young ones.  Juveniles have not been found in any pit fall traps  for  two or three years.  With only 60ml of rain last year, this find looks pretty promising. There was also pitfall trapping on the property, with the help of long-term volunteer, Clive Crouch.

 

A reptile caught was the Tessellated Gecko Diplodactylus tessellatus, a threatened species in Victoria,  but is quite often seen at Neds Corner Station.

Ctenotus olympicus (below with Clive) was discovered here in November  2011 when Bush Blitz blitzed the Station.. A new species for Victoria!  Since then we have been lucky enough to trap several more.

 

Thanks to the untiring works of Clive Crouch over many years, Peter & Colleen have been very fortune to continue to discover many more reptiles and  mammals on Neds Corner station, and also participate in his team within the Desert Discovery Group and witness some of the rarest animals in the Deserts of Australia.

If you would like to know more about other properties owned and managed by Trust for Nature across Victoria, visit our website: www.trustfornature.org.au

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15 March 2013

INDIGENOUS EMPLOYEE

On Victoria’s largest private property, Trust for Nature is carrying out a project to help the majestic Regent Parrots of the Murray Mallee region. This project ‘Restoring landscape links & habitat for threatened wildlife at Neds Corner Station' is funded through Trust for Nature, the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative, Lower Murray Water and the Mildura Rural City Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 The key focus of this project has been reduction of threats, revegetation and restoration, engagement with the indigenous community, reducing soil erosion by the retirement of cropping land, and engagement with local landholders and the broader community.

Jackson Hannah, a descendant from the Balranald Yitha Yitha mob, has been working with Trust for Nature since October last year. Jackson's work involves all sorts of land management tasks including, as pictured, ripping rabbit warrens.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Jackson and the Trust for Nature team, Neds Corner Station has reached its goal of being officially rabbit free, with less than 1 rabbit per spotlight km of transect.

 

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