Looking At Landcare – 7/10/2016

There a multitude of events in the month ahead! Below are details of a few that we are involved in….

The Compost on the Farm workshop, held in conjunction with Agriwest and ANL, will be held on Friday, 14 October at Adavale Lane Community Hall, with a 9am for 9.30am start. This is an opportunity for landholders to learn more about the benefits of large scale composting to improve soil health.

This workshop will give landholders an opportunity to talk with experts who are working in this field and also review trials that have been undertaken using compost.

There is a particular focus on the chemical, physical and biological properties that help to make up a healthy soil and how compost manages to address many of these areas that are lacking in our soils today.

We are fortunate to have agronomists Roger Crisp from Australian Native Landscapes and Guy Webb from Agriwest to provide more detail about work that they have been undertaking in this area.

We will also be having a look at the NorthParkes Mine Farm to see how they have been using compost and attendees will have a chance to talk with Matthew Burkitt, Farm Manager at NorthParkes Mine.

As a bonus, ANL are offering 25% off Nitrohumus compost for attendees.  In addition to this, CWLL will be offering microbial soil testing for attendees who will be trailing compost as part of our Re-balancing Our Landscapes program which is also providing other opportunities to our members over the next two years, with free or discounted workshops for landholders who are involved.

The Compost on the Farm workshop is free and includes a delicious morning tea and lunch! RSVP is essential to me. Details below.

We are very excited to once again be involved in activities during the Aussie Backyard Bird Count between 17 – 23 October. This is a chance for us all to have an extra focus on our birdlife and the environment that they live in.

We are running three activities, including our main walk on Saturday, 15 October where we will draw on the expertise of the Lachlan Valley Branch of the National Parks Association on their walk at Gunning Gap. Walkers are asked to meet at Forbes Railway Station at 9.15am.

The Gunning Gap walk is an easy five kilometres. Please contact walk leader, Peter Cannon on 02 6866 1225 the evening before the walk.

Please also bring enough food and water for the day as well as suitable clothing, footwear, hat and sunscreen. A good pair of binoculars and a fold up chair is also recommended.

Our second and third ‘Bird Week’ activities are focused on school aged children in Parkes and Forbes. The walks will be held after school on Monday, 17 October in Parkes, meeting at the park at the bottom of Memorial Hill. We will have a representative from Parkes Shire Council to talk with us about the increased habitat on Memorial Hill through the work that has been completed over the last two years

On Tuesday, 18 October we will be holding our Forbes Kids Bird Walk at the Bird Hide at Gum Swamp, again, commencing at 4pm with a talk on the Painted Snipe Project that is being undertaken at the Swamp to increase bird habitat.

Please note that a parent or caregiver must be present with children at both of these walks.

For all of the events above, please RSVP to me on 6862 4914, text me on 0418 611 053 or email cwllpo@hotmail.com

As usual, links to items in this article are available on facebook or on our website at http://www.centralwestlachlanlandcare.org

Until next week, happy Landcaring!