General Members Meeting 19/3/22

Dear all,

INVITATION

Royal Park Protection Group is holding a GENERAL MEETING with a most interesting speaker and you are invited.

When: SATURDAY March 19th 2022

Time: 1.45pm for 2pm start

Location: Walmsley House  161 Gatehouse Street Parkville

RSVP: please let us know if you can come by 12 March

Come and learn about Microbats

This meeting was initially planned for 2020 but Covid intervened

Our Guest Speaker is Dr Lindy Lumsden  

Principal Research Scientist, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 

Her Topic: Microbats

Bats play an important role in controlling insect numbers, including a range of pest species, by eating up to half their body weight in insects in a night.  However, due to their small size, nocturnal behaviour and cryptic roosting habits, these valuable native mammals are rarely seen and are often portrayed negatively in the media. 

Lindy is passionate about trying to reverse these negative perceptions and conducts a wide range of extension activities to educate and enthuse people about the bats.  In her talks she describes fascinating and little known aspects of the natural history of these nocturnal creatures. As most people do not have the opportunity to see bats close up, she brings along a live bat to show at the end of her talk. 

Lindy is based at the Arthur Rylah Institute, the wildlife research institute of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, where she has been conducting ecological research on bats for over 35 years.  Although based in Victoria, her research has also taken her to remote areas of Australia, and to many countries overseas.  

Weeding Bee – Thurs 25 Nov, 10am-12noon

The good spring rains have helped the new plantings, but also have meant lots of weed growth! 

Actual sites to be confirmed.

Meeting point details will be provided. There is lots of weeding to be done.

BYO gardening gloves, water bottle, sun hat, raincoat as needed.  Morning tea provided.

The Covid risk is still there, so caution and safety procedures will still apply.

At the moment numbers will be restricted to 15

You need to sign the register and check in with QR code (or signing in) required; all participants will need to show proof of their full vaccination.

 Masks should be worn and social distancing will apply

If the limits and requirements change we will advise promptly

Working Bee – Thurs 28 Oct, 10am-12noon

First off will be a small group (4-6 people) working bee in the nursery, preparing tubes for the pricking out of small seedlings in a bigger working bee.

Meet at the park gate to the nursery (off the The Avenue – see map below) (Melway 2B B3).  BYO water bottle.  Morning tea provided. 

You must notify Kaye if you intend participating – 9329 0635 or koddie@bigpond.com

The Covid risk is still there, so caution and safety procedures will still apply.

At the moment numbers will be restricted to 15

You need to sign the register and check in with QR code (or signing in) required; all participants will need to show proof of their full vaccination.

 Masks should be worn and social distancing will apply

If the limits and requirements change we will advise promptly

Weeding Bee Thursday November 4th 10am to 12noon

The Brens remnant planting that we did earlier this year now is in need of weeding.

Meet at the Brens Remnant Vegetation Site (walk up path from Park corner at Manningham St/Southgate St, Parkville West (Melway 2A F1)

BYO gardening gloves, water bottle, sun hat, raincoat as needed.  Morning tea provided.

Please let Anne know if you plan to attend – – 0412 279 156 arp4@bigpond.com

The Covid risk is still there, so caution and safety procedures will still apply.

At the moment numbers will be restricted to 15

You need to sign the register and check in with QR code (or signing in) required; all participants will need to show proof of their full vaccination.

 Masks should be worn and social distancing will apply

If the limits and requirements change we will advise promptly

Working Bee – Thurs 28 Oct, 10am-12noon

First off will be a small group (4-6 people) working bee in the nursery, preparing tubes for the pricking out of small seedlings in a bigger working bee.

Meet at the park gate to the nursery (off the The Avenue – see map below) (Melway 2B B3).  BYO water bottle.  Morning tea provided. 

You must notify Kaye if you intend participating – 9329 0635 or koddie@bigpond.com

The Covid risk is still there, so caution and safety procedures will still apply.

At the moment numbers will be restricted to 15

You need to sign the register and check in with QR code (or signing in) required; all participants will need to show proof of their full vaccination.

 Masks should be worn and social distancing will apply

If the limits and requirements change we will advise promptly

General Members Meeting

POSTPONED NEW DATE TO BE ADVISED

Dear all,

Royal Park Protection Group is holding a GENERAL MEETING with a most interesting speaker and you are invited.

When: SATURDAY JUNE 19th 2021

Time: 1.45pm for 2pm start

Location: Walmsley House  161 Gatehouse Street Parkville

Come and learn about Microbats

This meeting was initially planned for 2020 but Covid intervened

Our Guest Speaker is Dr Lindy Lumsden  

Principal Research Scientist, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 

Her Topic: Microbats

Bats play an important role in controlling insect numbers, including a range of pest species, by eating up to half their body weight in insects in a night.  However, due to their small size, nocturnal behaviour and cryptic roosting habits, these valuable native mammals are rarely seen and are often portrayed negatively in the media. 

Lindy is passionate about trying to reverse these negative perceptions and conducts a wide range of extension activities to educate and enthuse people about the bats.  In her talks she describes fascinating and little known aspects of the natural history of these nocturnal creatures. As most people do not have the opportunity to see bats close up, she brings along a live bat to show at the end of her talk. 

Lindy is based at the Arthur Rylah Institute, the wildlife research institute of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, where she has been conducting ecological research on bats for over 35 years.  Although based in Victoria, her research has also taken her to remote areas of Australia, and to many countries overseas.  

RPPG Working Bee 12 May

Dear all,

The next RPPG and FoRP working bees in the park will be:

When: Wed 12 May

Time: 10am-12noon. 

Activity: Continuing infill planting at the Royal Park West Remnant Site.  

Where to meet: Meet at the Ross Straw Pavilion, off Manningham St, Parkville West.  

This is a “rugged” site so wear sturdy shoes and BYO gloves. 

Morning tea provided.

Brens Remnant Planting – Update

Brens remnant planting update

The first day of planting went well although there were some late cancelations.

Some of those arriving at 10 stayed through to 2pm to assist which was most helpful.

It was lovely to see so many new faces.

We managed to plant 1,000plants

This leaves us almost 1,600 to go which will certainly keep us busy on Sunday May 16th

Do come and help. It is good fun and not too arduous.

Brens Remnant Area Planting

Nearly a year ago we were successful in the Communities Environment Program awarding us monies to revegetate the Brens Remnant area to provide habitat and food for birds and insects.  We have purchased over 2000 plants for this area!

We thank Adam Bandt and his team for helping us to secure this grant.

After an enforced delay due to COVID we are now ready to begin the plantings and we would love to see you there!

First planting:

What: Brens Remnant planting

Date: Saturday 17th April 2021

Time: 10am and 12 noon (2 sessions)

Second planting:

What: Brens Remnant planting

Date: Sunday 16th May 2021 (NOTE DATE CHANGE!!)

Time: 10am and 12 noon (2 sessions)

What to bring:

Due to COVID we will have limited ability to provide food and drink (some snacks and bottled water will be available).

There will be trowels and gloves available but if you can please bring your own.

Other: Sunhat, gloves, water and lunch.

Parking is available at the State Netball and Hockey Centre or come by Train to Flemington Bridge Station or Tram 58 Stops 24/25 Tram 59 Stop 22.

Please book so that we can manage the event successfully!

To enable us to manage the event please book (free) online using “Sticky Tickets” at the link below:

For 17th April event: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/8RN34

For 16th May event: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/I6PNR

Happy Birthday Paul P!

About our Paul what can you say

He works for the environment every day

Well believe it or not, this sprightly man

This Saturday marks an eighty year span

Life lived to the full with energy great

Always on the move, no time to wait

Working in the park, cleaning the creeks

To help worthy causes he actively seeks

So to our esteemed committee member and our friend

Happy Birthday Paul,

May your enthusiasm for life never end