Last Sunday the Slopes to Summit Partnership – a connectivity conservation initiative in the Eastern Murray – celebrated Spring with a bushwalk through a connectivity corridor in Woomargama. The 28 walkers had a wonderful morning. The walk started at Blue Metal Rest Area on the Hume Highway and walk approx. 10km including extensive areas of Box-gum woodland, and endangered ecological community. The area on four properties that form the corridor include a Travelling Stock Reserve, land that is protected in perpetuity by Nature Conservation Trust covenants, as well and Landcare revegetation sites.
“The partnership wanted to take the opportunity to experience connectivity conservation on the ground and enjoy the fabulous biodiversity in both the farming landscape and the bush up to Woomargama Nature Reserve” says Kylie Durant, facilitator for the Slopes to Summit Partnership at Holbrook Landcare Network. “It’s an opportunity to see in reality what we mean by ‘connectivity’ for wildlife”.
The area is home to many threatened woodland birds, a wide variety of orchids and wildflowers and the threatened Squirrel Glider. Many interesting woodland birds and plants were seen along the route and the scenic views enjoyed from the top of the ridge on Woomargama Station.
“Without private landholders participating in conservation programs in the agricultural landscape, we would struggle to maintain connectivity between the large reserves at Woomargama and Table Top. It’s great to see the past 10 years work culminate in this great biodiversity corridor” says Nigel Jones, covenant manager with the Nature Conservation Trust.
The walk culminated in a gourmet picnic featuring local food products from Wymah Organics and other local food producers.
The walk was made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s “Bushlinks” project and “BushConnect” funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and a partnership with the Nature Conservation Trust. We also appreciate the enthusiasm and assistance of the landholders involved – thankyou for providing the opportunity.
The Slopes to Summit Partnership also launched two new identification guides for “Large Native Trees” and “Terrestrial Mammals”. These guides will assist in the identification of locally common native tree species and terrestrial mammals of the Southwest Slopes and Upper Murray Region of NSW. These brochures were a partnership between the Murray Local Land Services and the S2S Bushlinks project. These are available from the offices of Holbrook Landcare in Holbrook, and the Murray Local Land Service in Albury.