Friends of the Cobberas Forthcoming activities

   
 Discover an ancient snowgum  Suggan Buggan Schoolhouse

Autumn 2016

Weed removal weekend Limestone Creek April 9-10, 2016

We have not previously had a campout at Limestone Creek, so it would be nice to have a different location to focus our activities on. Following the discovery of invasive Water Forget-me-not here and a request from Parks Victoria for assistance, we will work with them to develop a plan for removal. Although we thought that removal so late in the year will be of little benefit (plants will already have flowered and gone to seed), it seems there are large numbers of young plants that will flower quickly in spring and are better hand-pulled now.  It will also be good to visit the site and get an understanding of the scope of the job to help Parks Victoria plan a full-on assault in Spring. Limestone Creek has interesting geology and we will also have fun exploring and discovering the local fauna and flora. Jenny will be the coordinator for this weekend so please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Jenny's contact details  if you are interested in participating.

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

 

Spring 2016

Annual General Meeting (August-September 2016)

The Annual General Meeting of Friends of the Cobberas Inc. will be held in August-September, 2016 commencing at 4pm, in the Bruthen Community Centre, Main St, 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 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. 

 

Weed Control Limestone Creek (October-November 2016)

Camp-out at Limestone Creek and hand weeding.  More details to follow

 

Working Bee on Mt Stradbroke Walking Track (November-December 2016)

Joint Activity with Bushwalking Victoria volunteers. More details to follow

  

Typical 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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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. 


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)