The History of Native Fish in the Upper Goulburn Catchment.

Hughes Creek Catchment Collaborative ( landcare network )  invites you to an evening with  native fish expert Will Trueman .

Thursday 22nd October 2015  starting. 8 pm @ Old Ruffy Primary School  . Nolans Road  Ruffy contact Janet Hagen 57904268 .

Will Trueman is passionate about restoring native fish habitat . He has spent a lifetime exploring our creeks and researching the history of  trout cod , macquarie perch and murray cod populations in the upper Goulburn

He is the author of “True Tales of Trout Cod: River histories of the Murray Darling Basin. Will is very interested in the native fish of the Hughes Creek and Seven Creeks . He has collected  historial photographs and interviewed  many of the pioneer families and older fisherman to build a picture of the changes in our river systems since first settlement.


Bring your fishing stories or photographs to share with the group .

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Extreme Restoration

Sorting seed 50 kg  seed  27 species

Sorting seed: 50 kg seed, 27 species

Recipe for grassland restoration

  1. Scrape 150 mm of top soil off 1 hectare of paddock with a large grader
  2. Rough the surface up a bit with a cultivator
  3. Spread 50 kg of native grass and wildflower seed evenly over the whole surface.
  4. Spray the Seedbed with smoke water.
  5. Stand back and wait for rain

Sounds easy doesn’t it?

This is the recipe we have been following in partnership with the Euroa Arboretum as part of their Grassy Woodland Restoration Project.

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Platypus Picnics

I collect Waterwatch samples from the “Boat Hole” on the Hughes Creek each month and every time I visit I linger to catch a glimpse of the pair of platypus that inhabit that area.
If you are looking for quite picnic spot take your chairs, a book and some refreshments this is a great place. Sit very still on the banks and enjoy the wildlife attracted to this scenic reserve. A camera and binoculars would be useful. Only 2.5 kms from the Ruffy Store. Follow the gravel road from the shop- Turn off Nolans Road down the Boathole Road.
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The Platypus forage along the far bank towards Mrs Threlfalls fence, they are nearly always present. Let me know if you see them.

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Beautiful phascogale body found on roadside.

Male phascogale found at Ruffy.

Male phascogale found at Ruffy.

This recently dead brush- tailed phascogale was found on a roadside , he was still warm when we picked it up and was in almost perfect condition, one front leg was broken but no other reason for the death could be found. This provided a wonderful photo opportunity . It was a young male and I think he has a smile on his face.

It was found in April 2015. The season has been favourable for the phascogale populations in Ruffy with many reported sightings.

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The “outback on our doorstep” gets a funding boost

Hughes Creek lower gorge

Hughes Creek lower gorge

The granite creeks of the Strathbogie Ranges are the focus of a new Goulburn Broken CMA river health project .The Hughes Creek winds through remote and rugged  country reminiscent of outback central Australia as it drops from Ruffy to Tarcombe. The Seven Creeks at Gooram has similar characteristics . Project Manager, Mark Turner  outlined the project at last months Conservation Management Network meeting and Jim Castles will explain more at this months meeting. We hope to be able to add value to their project.

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The Bush Stone-curlew

It’s nesting time for these woodland birds, though don’t bother looking for a nest! Bush Stone-curlews once occurred throughout northern Victoria, but are now seldom seen – not because they’re cryptic (though they are!), but because there’s something about our agricultural landscape that makes it tough for them to survive. More images and information about curlews on Trust for Nature’s Bush Stone-curlew blog.

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Garden Range – another Pinniger stone cairn

Pinniger Cairn, Garden Range, Strathbogie Ranges.

Pinniger Cairn, Garden Range, Strathbogie Ranges.

After we posted some stories of Pinniger Cairns in the Strathbogie Ranges, Daryl got in touch, telling us he knew of another cairn, this one in the Garden Range, east of Euroa. Here’s Daryl’s account of his recent visits to the Garden Range and some earlier photos of the cairn.

Walking in the Garden Range yesterday was just beautiful, but it’s surprising to see so little water at this time of the year; it’s a real sign that farmers should take note of.

The hills presently are just dazzling with a sea of small growth golden blooming wattle, nodding blue lily, various pink and purple wildflowers, happy wanderer and even a dozen or more of what I reckoned were (10 cm high light green) delicate species of the sundew – aka carnivorous insect trap plants.

Observed a very old degraded stone wall part way up on the way in – obviously made by man. Bonzer day with just perfect weather for walkabout. Only about 8 kms rambling but at times hilly and occasionally thick scrub. Continue reading

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