UGLN Rail Trail Project

Yellow Ck-Dairy Ck landcare and Seymour Scouts on NTD at Homewood.

Thanks to funding provided by VicTrack through Landcare Australia the UGLN was recently able to complete important habitat restoration works and hold many community engagement activities along the rail trail from Kerrisdale over to Alexandra and up to Merton.

Members of Yellow Ck-Dairy Ck landcare removing Desert Ash saplings at Homewood.

Grass Trigger Plant








The trail provides an important ecological function allowing species to move between patches of remnant bushland, waterways and state forest.

A sugar glider using one of the nesting boxes.

Milk Maids









We held a nature walk and bird count along the Cheviot section of the rail trail and observed 36 different species of birds including Dusky Woodswallow, Rufous Songlark, Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Rufous Whistler.

Dusky Woodswallow nesting along the rail trail at Cheviot

Nature walk participants









We carried out three controlled ecological burns in native grassland areas of the rail trail in the Limestone-Cheviot section with assistance from the Limestone CFA.

Controlled burn at Limestone

Limestone CFA members at one of the Limestone burns.







Held four National Tree Day (NTD) events along the rail trail with the local landcare groups, Seymour Scouts and community members at Homewood, Limestone, Alexandra and Merton.

Merton Landcare Group NTD event

Yea River Landcare Group NTD event

Woody weed control was carried out to control Blackberry, Briar Rose, Hawthorn, Pine, Cape Broom and Prunus in high conservation grassy woodland areas from Kerrisdale to Yea, Yea to Limestone and at Molesworth, Koriella and Merton with assistance from local landcarers, Yea High School students, Landmate and contractors.

Weed control contractor spraying weeds in a native grassland area.

Weed control contractor at Kerrisdale.








Installed and inspected nesting boxes with Yea High School students. Wildlife including Owlet Nightjar, Ringtail Possum and Sugar Gliders were observed using the nest boxes.

Yea High School students installing nest boxes.

Yea HS students inspecting nest boxes










Coming up on Friday 2nd November we will be holding another nature walk along a section of the rail trail at Alexandra off Old Fawcett Rd.

For more information about the walk click here.

Home Ck-Spring Ck Landcare NTD event

Landmate supervisor Bryan Doyle at Koriella

Yea High School students and teacher Ken Aitken after installing nesting boxes near Cheviot Tunnel


  1. Sally Abbott Smith on October 4, 2018 at 11:48 am

    It is so good to see all the positive contributions to our environment

  2. Bec on October 4, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Well done everyone, looking good

  3. Glenda Woods on October 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Top effort Chris and everyone involved. A wonderful asset enhanced by all that the community groups do

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