The Work of the Friends of Bald Hill Reserve
The newly formed Friends Group works to actively manage the Reserve through an integrated approach with the Shire. Support from Pipers Creek & District Landcare has continued.
Projects and activities with and without shire involvement include:
1. Conduct or facilitate on-ground activities with the Shire such as:
- The installation of nest boxes and remote cameras for ongoing fauna monitoring,
- Guided Spotlight Walks with William Terry from the MRSC,
- Frog Surveys,
- Installation of signage – this includes naming the Reserve at every entrance and to create interpretative signage at these entrances.
- Create a network of clearly marked Walking Trails with interpretative signage, and develop a brochure to include maps and information.
- To further develop a Weed Removal Action Plan.
- Monitor, identify and manage threats that may arise.
2. Increase community awareness and interest in the reserve’s ecological, geological and cultural significance through:
- Newsletters and Update and Coming Events flyers,
- Special speakers and presentations- Wildflowers, Reptiles and Creepy Crawlies, Geology, Fungi, Sounds of the Night, Plant ID including the variety of eucalyptus trees, Early Cultural history, and the later history of the involvement of the Australian Department of Defence,
- Local print and digital media including the MRSC Environmental e-news, the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network (UCLN) e-news and the NCCMA e-Chat.
- Ongoing flora and fauna monitoring- Photographic records, installation of remote cameras, and guided day and night walks with FoBHR members and the public
- Maintaining an informative website,
- Creating information brochures,
- A collaborative Environmental Science project between Kyneton Secondary College, Sandy Scheltema (Facilitator of the UCLN), the MRSC and the Friends of Bald Hill Reserve, to provide opportunities for years 9 & 10 students to conduct Fieldwork including installing nest boxes and remote cameras to monitor the fauna in the reserve and carry out plant field studies.
3. Access grants to fund the projects that support our plans.
4. Organise social activities with members and friends, and to have fun!