TWO local Landcare networks, in association with the Natural Environment Program of DELWP, are funding a free field day to assist landholders in protecting Giant Gippsland Earthworms and burrowing crayfish.
Come along to the free field day and learn more about them and hear how Giant Gippsland Earthworms are thriving in areas where a modified revegetation technique has been used.
The South Gippsland Landcare Network (SGLN) and Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network (LCLN) have funding available for farmers who have Giant Gippsland Earthworms or Warragul, Narracan or Strzelecki Burrowing Crayfish on their properties. These threatened species are only found in West Gippsland. Living underground, they can be hard to spot!
Terrestrial invertebrate expert Dr Beverley Van Praagh will be the guest speaker at a free session at Poowong North on Wednesday, October 9, from 10am to 1.30pm.
Starting at the Poowong North hall on Timms Rd, participants will learn about the biology and habitat of these cryptic species, and how to identify and protect earthworm habitat on their properties.
Standard revegetation techniques aren’t
always suitable for Giant Gippsland Earthworms as the growing trees reduce soil moisture which is critical for earthworm survival.
After lunch, participants will visit two farms where revegetation – designed to conserve earthworm habitat – was trialled five years ago, where they will also hear how it has worked.
Lunch will be provided, and people can register for this free event at https://giantearthworms.eventbrite.com.au.
Due to limited parking at the farms, participants will be taking a minibus, and attending the site visits will be limited to the first 30
registrations.
Landholders who think they have Giant Gippsland Earthworms or Warragul, Narracan or Strzelecki Burrowing Crayfish on their properties are invited to submit an expression of interest for funding for on-ground works such as fencing or modified revegetation to protect these species.
Contact Cassie from SGLN at cassie@sgln.net.au or 0448 739 559, or John from LCLN at johnc@wgcma.vic.gov.au or 0429 803 631.
This project was funded with the support of the Victorian Government.