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