Entries by wslc

A decade of Green Day

Watershed Landcare’s Green Day celebrated it’s 10th birthday last week. This year’s event was the biggest ever, with over 800 kids from 16 schools attending the environmental expo. On September 16, year 5 and 6 students from local schools visited the Mudgee Showground to experience a day centred around the theme Go WoW or Go […]

Saving the beautiful small Purple Pea

Did you know that there’s a rare plan growing right on Mudgee’s doorstep? The Small Purple Pea, Swainsona recta, is a slender, erect perennial herb growing to 30 cm tall. It flowers from spring to summer, with each flower stalk bearing up to 20 bright purple, pea flowers. Once widespread in grassland and open woodland […]

Celebrate biodiversity month

September is Biodiversity Month. But what is biodiversity anyway? Although in common use today, the origin of the term is relatively recent. Wildlife scientist and conservationist Raymond F. Dasmann, first used ‘biological diversity’ in his 1968 book but it was only in the 1980s that it came into common use in science and environmental policy. […]

Methods to predicting rain

Whether it’s based on looking at ants nests, turtles going up hill or if their knee hurts, we all know someone who has a foolproof method for predicting rain. Watershed Landcare caught up with Dr. Andrew Watkins, Supervisor, Climate Prediction Services with the Bureau of Meteorology to find out how the climate scientists do it. […]

Suffocating roadside rubbish

Urban dwellers often take pride in, and some degree of ownership for the nature strip or roadside verge outside their homes. Mowing grass, edging the footpath and rubbish removal are common activities undertaken by the urban community. Rural landholders view their roadsides in much the same manner. Some even consider the roadsides close to their […]

Trees Available

Quantity species Common name Growth Tips where to plant 3 E. stellulata Black sallee Grows to 15m   16 E.bridgesiana Apple box Grows to 20m   17 E. albens WHITE BOX Grows: 8-15m high Plant: most soils, plains & low hills 35 E. microcarpa Grey Box Grows to 25m   27 A. dealbata SILVER WATTLE […]

Wild dog pests in their sights

Increased levels of damage to livestock have meant pest animal groups are targeting wild dogs as a priority across the region. There are five pest groups within the Watershed Landcare area, these being the Hargraves Hill End Wild Dog Group, Ilford Running Stream Pest Group, Rylstone District Wild Dog Association, Munghorn Wild Dog Group and […]

Trees Available

Quantity 3 16 17 35 27 13 37 species E. stellulata E.bridgesiana E. albens E. microcarpa A. dealbata E. sideroxylon Lomandra longifolia Common name Black sallee Apple box WHITE BOX Grey Box SILVER WATTLE Mugga iron bark spiny matt rush Growth Grows to 15m Grows to 20m Grows: 8-15m high Grows to 25m Grows: to […]

It’s a ten year celebration of Green Day

Watershed Landcare has been running Green Day for local school children for 10 years! In this time over five and half thousand children have visited the Mudgee Showground to learn about environmental themes such as biodiversity, energy, waste and water. On September 16, local schools will again bring their Year 5 and 6 students to […]

Is it still a weed at $70/kg

The latest trend in top Sydney restaurants is weeds. Farmers friends, purslane, salsify, wild asparagus and nettle are all on the menu and chefs are willing to pay top dollar. One man is on a mission to connect farmers, landholders and budding foragers from the Central Tablelands to the catering and restaurant industry of Sydney. […]