We’ve just started ten bird survey transects in the Muckleford Forest!
There is a new page on our website with all the details. Let us know if you want to join in! We’ll report on results via the website and posts.
Good ‘swiftie’ news from Tassie too – Birdlife Australia is reporting that the Tasmanian Upper House has voted down the proposal to allow logging in 356,000 hectares of forests including 12,000 ha of Critically Endangered Swift Parrot habitat.
Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests (FOBIF) are having a walk in Muckleford Forest this Sunday, 21st September 2014. The walk will be led by Muckleford local and Friends member, Neville Cooper, who will take participants through the Nature Conservation Reserve, up to the top of the hill for some 360 degree views, and back down to the Red White and Blue Mine poppet head.
The Muckleford Nature Conservation Reserve (MNCR) was burnt in a wildfire in 1981, and an east-west ‘firebreak’ was created here by DEPI (and its predecessor organisations) and burnt in 1995 and 2008. DEPI proposes a massive planned burn on the west side of MNCR in Spring 2016 (672ha) and another on the east side of the MNCR in Autumn 2016 (257.6ha from the MNCR to the eastern edge of the forest)! The previous post provides a map.
This is an 8km walk – 3 hours – so BYO lunch and snacks.
Please meet at the Continuing Education building in Templeton Street at 9.30am and car pool, or meet at the start of the walk at 9.45 at the Red White and Blue Mine at 9.45. The mine is at the intersection of the Red White and Blue Track and Bells Lane Track.
There is a DEPI flier on this area (click link).