Welcome to Bellarine Landcare Group
The Bellarine Landcare Group (BLG) aims to preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment of the Bellarine Peninsula. We are part of the Victorian volunteer Landcare movement - a joint effort between volunteers, the community, government and businesses.
Whether you live, work or regularly visit the Bellarine Peninsula, please consider joining us to help contribute to this precious place.
The Bellarine Landcare Group is a member of the Bellarine Catchment Network
Nest boxes for Wildlife
In the absence of old, hollow trees, nest boxes can provide habitat for native animals such as parrots, owls, kookaburras & microbats to breed.
Bellarine Landcare is working with the St Leonards Mens' Shed to build boxes for a range of local wildlife.
More information and order form here
Winter School Holiday Planting: protecting old Paddock Trees with Companion Plantings!
We are partnering with local landholders to plant 3000 seedlings as part of our project to protect old paddock trees. Pull on your gumboots and come and join us for a COVID safe outdoor activity over the School Holidays. Check out more planting days on our Calendar to the right. Made possible by the Australian Government's Communities fo Nature funding.
Master Tree Growers Course, 2021
BLG in partnership with The Otway Agroforestry Network will run the popular 'Master Tree Growers' course with the introductory session on Friday 26 March.
Bellarine Remnant Tree Project
Old paddock trees, ‘remnants’ of the former bush which once cloaked the Bellarine, are precious in so many ways. They provide habitat for local birds, insects and other native fauna, shelter for livestock, are distinctive of this area and aesthetically beautiful. Bellarine Yellow Gums are locally endemic and listed as endangered, and along with Red Gums, Coast Manna Gums, Swamp Gums and Drooping Sheoaks, are the main tree species we find locally. As these old trees enter their twilight years, Bellarine Landcare Group (BLG) is highlighting their immense value and encouraging protection and regeneration of these ‘windows into the past’, so that they may thrive into the future.
BLG invites landholders with old indigenous trees to appy for a grant to support their health which includes:
- weed control
- indigenous seedlings for supplementary planting
- fencing, to allow natural regeneration
- site visit with management advice
A landholder workshop, will provide a forum for tree ecologists to share their knowledge of these trees and the role they play in the landscape, and how best to care for them. A ‘Value of Trees’ brochure will help inform the community on the trees’ role and significance. Photo point monitoring and GPS mapping of these trees will be undertaken in partnership with the landholders.
More information here & application form here. This project received funding from the Australian Government Communities Environment Program.
Victorian Landcare 2019 - 20 'Koala Country' Revegetation Grants for Landholders
"Koala country" featuring Coastal Manna Gums - the koala's favourite food plant - sometimes accompanied by ancient Austral Grass Trees. Koalas also feed on Red Gums, Swamp Gums and Bellarine Yellow Gums.
The sandy soils between Drysdale and Wallington are home to heathy woodland, where precious pockets of old coastal Manna Gums and Austral Grass Trees persist - and if you are lucky you may see an Echidna or a Koala! Bellarine Landcare is highlighting the value of these woodland remnants and have secured a Victorian Landcare grant through the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to provide support with management of this vegetation, along with support for landholders to undertake revegetation to extend out habitat for koalas and other wildlife.
BLG Annual Report
2018 BLG Annual Report has been published and is available from the BLG Annual Reports page