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2020-21 Activity plans

Annual General Meeting (July-August 2020)

The Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Cobberas Inc. will be held in July-August, 2020 at the Bruthen. As well as our members, we welcome anyone who may be interested in joining or learning more about what we do to come along.  The meeting will be followed by a short General Meeting and discussion of activities for the coming year.  The committee welcome ideas from member or prospective members abut what you would like to see the Friends doing this year.  If you can't come along, please send us an email with your thoughts  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Bushwalk - Mt Stradbroke Walking Track (November-December 2020)

After Bushwalking Victoria volunteers provided some valuable assistance in February 2019, this track was now well cleared and so much easier for bushwalkers to walk. Friends of the Cobberas will schedule a walk towards the end of 2020 to look at the impacts of last summers's bushfires and do some minor tidying up after winter and to add a few extra markers to the last section near the summit. Join us for a lovely walk and some light work.  There will be spring orchids and wildflowers to find too!  Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page

 

A weekend for Wildflower lovers, either an orchid survey or flora monitoring (December-January)

There are a couple of opportunities in the pipeline to assist Parks Victoria or DELWP with flora survey or monitoring activities.  These could include formal surveys supporting a botanist or some monitoring with local naturalists.  Either way there will be plenty to learn and you will be helping to gather valuable data to assist in knowledge of plant distribution or population characteristics.  Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page

Weed Control Working Bee

Water Forget-me-not is an invasive semi aquatic weed that has been discovered in a couple of streams in the Cobberas area in recent years.  The most effective removal method is hand weeding, but its slow and time consuming.  Parks Victoria have held discussions with Friends of the Cobberas about assisting with this project.  Keep an eye on this website or our Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.

WaterForget-me-not.JPG - 59.09 kb  Water Forget-me-not an invasive wetland weed

 

Typical Friends of the Cobberas activities

Every year Friends of the Cobberas organise a number of interesting field trips to the Cobberas area.

Spring/Summer/Autumn – Track marking or maintenance (and a wonderful walk) to Mt Stradbroke or Mt Cobberas No 1

Early autumn – Annual photo monitoring of feral horse exclusion plots at Cowombat Flat and Native Cat Flat

Other activities are arranged following suggestions from members or as opportunities arise. Occasionally there are working Bees to repair / maintain horse exclusions fences or opportunities to be involved in flora and fauna surveys or monitoring.

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Feral Horse Exclusion Plot photo monitoring (Autumn) 

This is a lovely 2 or 3 day weekend around the Cobberas area with a campout at Native Dog Flat.  You can assist with recording of the annual photo monitoring of plots at Native Cat Flat and also at Cowombat Flat. 

Usually we try to fit in time for an exploration walk over the weekend as well.  Exact numbers attending are required to arrange car pooling for access to sites. 

The camp at Native Dog Flat includes a Parks Victoria Toilet, water from the Buchan River and plenty of open space to camp.  Some members arrive to set up on Friday afternoon, others will arrive ready to start work on the track Saturday morning. (Accommodation is available approx 1-1.5 hours drive away if camping is not for you)

Mt Stradbroke or Mt Cobberas No 1 Walking Track marking (spring/summer/autumn)

Both these great walks include magnificent mountain views. Campout at Native Dog Flat with working bee to include a check of track marking and perhaps some minor clearing works.  Walk all (10-11km return) of the track or just part and help out with whatever tasks you feel capable of.  We will not be doing lots of heavy manual work, marking the track requires at least three people spaced at intervals to ensure track markers are kept in line and adequately spaced and are visible from both directions.  If time permits another short walk might be included over the weekend.

The camp at Native Dog Flat includes a Parks Victoria Toilet, water from the Buchan River and plenty of open space to camp.  Some members arrive to set up on Friday afternoon, others will arrive ready to start work on the track Saturday morning.  (Accommodation is available approx 1-1.5 hours drive away if camping is not for you) 

Gloves will be handy for picking up/moving branches off the walking track.  You will also need good sturdy walking boots/shoes, wet weather gear, hat, sun protection and plenty of water as there is no water along the track and it could get pretty warm.