A new tour series, ‘Looking at the Landscape with Landcare’ is about to begin, designed to explore and connect us with the unique and valued landscapes of Bass Coast, giving insights into their history, and the people who care for them, protect and conserve them.
It’s not every day that you can get a look over the fence at local farms as well as public sites or hear firsthand from the people doing the work on ground to protect and conserve them. By connecting with your local landscape and people, we want to get you inspired to look after your local environment with Bass Coast Landcare Network and our local Landcare Groups.
First up on Friday 28th of October is a look at some of the work going on across Phillip Island. Phillip Island Landcare Group has put together an itinerary for a fantastic full day bus tour that will share the long-term management and development of some well-known sites and some new ones, as well as a look at some local farms doing great work to restore landscapes and protect remnant vegetation.
Hear from and connect with local people who have helped restore our Island landscapes by reducing impacts from introduced animals, replanting indigenous plants to increase our biodiversity and habitat for local wildlife, as well as provide shade and shelter for livestock.
Some sites we will walk and others we will see from the bus, including the farms of Jim McFee in Rhyll and Kym Plant’s in Surf beach.
A visit to Jim McFee’s farm is part of the tour, it was originally Jim’s idea to create a wildlife corridor across Phillip Island farms, linking one end to the other, back in 1997.
We will hear from Gayle Seddon from the Surf Beach Sunderland Bay Coastcare group on their rabbit proof fence project, see the plantings at the Our Lady Star of the Sea school in Cowes, some of Council’s new sites, as well as hearing from local conservationist John Eddy from the Friends of Scenic Estate Reserve.
See the ‘after’ on the Phillip Island Tour day from this before photo, taken in 2018 on the first planting day at Our Lady Star of the Sea school in Cowes.
So come along and see your landscape through different eyes for the day but be sure to book your spot quickly as places are limited. Please go to the Phillip Island Landcare website at https://www.phillipislandlandcare.org.au/landcare-bus-tour for more details and to book your spot on the bus.
This tour series will continue into 2023 and will include some bus tours, walking tours and also podcast tours, that highlight the importance of native vegetation, wildlife corridors, revegetation, wetlands, and significant marine environments. We can’t wait to share with you some of the many layers of history, activism and people that have worked towards restoring and conserving our local landscapes.
The ‘Looking at the Landscape with Landcare’ tour series is proudly bought to you by the Bass Coast Landcare Network in partnership with our local Landcare, Coastcare and Environment Groups. These tours are subsidised with funding from our ‘Experience and Place based Education Project’ funded by the Victorian Government’s Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Capital Grants Program.
For all tour enquiries please contact Lisa at email@example.com
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