Land for Wildlife open day at Lindenow South
29 September, 2011
Land for Wildlife is a voluntary conservation scheme managed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) to assist landholders in protecting and enhancing native vegetation on their properties to benefit wildlife.
DSE’s Land for Wildlife Officer in Bairnsdale, Amie Hill said even though a property is managed primarily for other purposes, landholders may still be providing significant wildlife habitat.
“The Land for Wildlife scheme offers landholders advice, written information and a Land for Wildlife sign to acknowledge their efforts in protecting wildlife,” Ms Hill said.
“Properties range in size from less than a hectare to hundreds of hectares and are located across the state.”
Another successful aspect of the program is open property events which are held around the state to demonstrate what volunteers can achieve through the scheme.
“Open property events aim to bring together members of Land for Wildlife to talk about their experiences in managing their properties for the benefit of wildlife.”
This year an open property day will be held on Philip and Sue Vaughan’s ‘Banksia Rise’ property on Robbins Lane, Lindenow South from 9.30am until midday on Saturday, October 15.
Located on the Gippsland Plains, ‘Banksia Rise’ has several vegetation communities across 140 hectares and more than 240 different plant species have been recorded on the property to date.
Phil and Sue have been Land for Wildlife members for eight years and have taken advantage of several government incentive programs to assist with the management and re-establishment of native vegetation.
The day will include a morning tea, with a presentation by the owners, followed by a guided walk and opportunity to see the property and its wildflowers.
“The Land for Wildlife Open Property is a great opportunity to see what others have achieved and to share ideas about how you can improve and protect the vegetation and wildlife on your own property.”
Please RSVP by Monday, October 10 for catering purposes to Bairnsdale DSE on 5152 0400.