Indigenous Plants of Bendigo, A gardeners guide to growing and protecting local plants

Though this is focused on Bendigo and not the Loddon Plains, this guide is a ripper in the garden or in the field.

It has great information for identifying and growing different species, and the thing I love about it is that it is built in such a way that someone can go for a walk in the bush, find a species they might like to try on their property or in the garden and be able to look it up in this book for details on where it grows, what conditions it prefers and other details.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS 5, Wednesday 15th April

Bringing Back the Bush, by Joan Bradley

“Bringing back the bush is a gentle art, demanding a strong will and patience”

Joan Bradley

A quote from the introduction of this book that I often keep in mind.
This is a classic resource for revegetation projects and has provided the basis for many resources and publications.

Joan and Eileen Bradley with their ‘Bradley Method’ have provided 3 key principles in bush regeneration still followed today;

  1. Identify and work the best areas first
  2. Keep disturbance to a minimum, and
  3. Let regeneration of natives dictate the rate of weed removal

With a great account of their humble beginnings and their journey into respecting the natural order of natives and the role they could play in the management of weed-infested areas.

This guide is really all about weed management and removal, Joan Bradley provides detailed information about the sisters’ methods, providing sound advice on the removal of different weed and plant types and also examples and case studies of different landscapes. This is a great one to revisit.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.


Pollinators, Birds, Wildflowers and Frogs & Reptiles pocket guides

With the Autumn Backyard Bird count underway and Karen Retra’s Wild Pollinator Count happening next week from the 12th to the 19th of April, it’s a great time to feature these guides.

Featuring most commonly found species, these guides are a great resource for identifying different birds and invertebrates on the farm, in the bush or in the backyard. Great for beginners or those with an interest in what might be around them.

I’m rarely without the pollinator or birds guides – though this might be a little biased given my interests!

Find more information about the programs and how you can participate in these surveys by clicking through to these links:

And for some easy to use survey guides and resources you can use these:…/Victorian-Pollinators-1-pag……/WL_-_Woodland_ID_booklet_v7_we…

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS 3 – Wednesday 8th April

In the Blink of an Eye and Seven Deadly Colours, by Dr. Andrew Parker

These two books are 100% brain-breaking, and impossible to put down once you get going!

I was introduced to Dr. Andrew Parker by a work colleague whilst still working in lighting design. The theories in these books, particularly In the Blink of an Eye went on to inform my design practices and the way I designed with light but also clearly got my attention on a biology and evolution level and I credit it as one of the major influences in bringing me to the environment industry.

In the Blink of an Eye lays out an argument that an evolutionary explosion occurred during the Cambrian period due to the quick evolution of the eye, from primitive light sensors to an acute weapon in the arsenal of different species. This theory leads on to suggest fast-paced species adaptation in armour, speed, agility and other senses and behaviors to combat predatory species and the early forms of the camera eyes of today.

Seven Deadly Colours provides an extension of the theory into colour evolution and the vital role it plays in the natural world including how it misleads, adapts and reacts to specific environments.

There is so much material in these books that I simply can’t pick out favourite sections, even now. Though I will make mention of the completely engrossing sections on trilobites, early evolution in the oceans, sedimentary rock formations, and the fascinating use of colour in Cuttlefish and its vital role in evading predators and other threats.

Even now, I get something different out of these books to the point of when going back to reference material I end up reading vast sections again!

Two great reads if you are up for a couple of brain-breakers.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.


Call of the Reed Warbler, by Charles Massy

What a book.

Massy includes here some serious firepower in the regenerative agriculture sphere with sections devoted to Walter Jehne, Richard and Jenny Weatherly, Colin Seis, Tim Wright, Ian and Dianne Haggerty and Rudolph Steiner (and that’s only a few!) with clear inspiration right through the book of Aldo Leopold and Allan Savory.

This tome, though dense, long and brain-breaking, puts into context the correlations between significant biodiversity assets and productive farming.

Call of the Reed Warbler shifts the dynamic in understanding landscape function and champions on-farm biodiversity and low impact farming.
My copy is worn, tattered, underlined and scrawled over and just about falling apart from being flicked and thumbed.

It will take a bit of time to get through, but a great read to understand and taste different perspectives and methods of regenerative farming practices.

Favorite sections include “Farming Without Farming”, “Keep a Green Bough in Your Heart” and a wonderful account of discovering the importance of a thorny Hymenthera dentata in a functioning landscape and ecosystem.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.


Todays read, Native Trees and Shrubs of South Eastern Victoria & Trees of Vic. and Adjoining Areas, by Leon Costermans.
The master guide book/s, these are my go-to for most ID’s and project design.

The large guide is well-thumbed on the desk and provides a great expanded guide for ID’s, revegetation planning and putting together plant communities in different regions. Whilst the Trees guide is a perfect size for a field bag and can be whipped out of the bag or a pocket quickly to get an ID in the field, my copy is full of different leaves!

A must-have resource.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another tidbit off the shelf.


For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire, mostly reads but there will be other gems in there too!

Stay tuned to the LPLN Facebook Page every Wednesday and Friday for another ripper off the shelf.
For the warm-up, here is a discussion produced by ABC Radio National for its Big Ideas Podcast, Climate Crisis – Saving landscapes? features the wonderfully honest and insightful Barry Traill along with James Schultz and Andrew Macintosh.

This discussion gave a great lens to put large scale land management, farming and carbon capture into perspective.

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LPLN COVID-19 measures and group advice

Dear all,
An update on the LPLN response to COVID-19.

I trust everyone is aware of the severity and affect this virus has had to date, and unfortunately it is likely it will continue to have an impact for a number of weeks and months to come. 
Before any operational matters, I would like to take the time to ask everyone to please take all necessary steps to keep yourselves, your families and your communities safe for the months ahead. Nothing is more important at this time than the health and strength of the people and communities we choose to have around us.

On operational matters, as of today, Tuesday 24th, I will be working from home. The Inglewood Town Hall Hub, where the LPLN office is housed will be closed from COB Thursday 26th until further notice and advice is received regarding the operation of public spaces and facilities.

I personally have taken the step to isolate myself for the next 2 weeks to help in curbing the spread of this virus. Until May 4th, and more than perhaps extending beyond this date, any on-ground works or individual activities I undertake in the community will be run through a rigid decision making process to determine whether they are absolutely necessary before acting upon them.

Together with the LPLN Committee of Management executive, the Network has also decided to cease all face-to-face meetings regarding LPLN matters until a time deemed safe to resume.

I will still be available to all LPLN groups and members for any matters regarding operations, activities etc. 

Together with the LPLN CoM, we have made the decision to move to online platforms for video conferencing and other communication to compliment usual access over phone and email.

If anyone would like to arrange a time to catch up on any Landcare matters, please get in touch and we can decide on an appropriate method of communication.

For those connected to social media, Facebook Messenger is the most readily available tool, I will be available through the video chat utility via the Facilitator Loddon Plains profile, you can find it here,

Also, keep abreast of news, events and information on the LPLN Facebook page, found here,  

Keep an eye out for a few things happening over the coming weeks.
Addressing Landcare activities, DELWP have provided advice regarding all Landcare activities and events. 

In response to the latest updates and the action of the State Government last Sunday, I am advising all groups to look closely at their activities and where applicable seriously consider postponing all face-to-face social meetings, working bees and other events until April 14th before revising advice from relevant State and Federal government agencies. This period may need to be extended depending on the severity and spread of COVID-19.

If groups would like to continue meeting for social and operational reasons, a number of platforms are available to do this online. The Network has investigated a number of platforms and I would recommend Facebook Messenger as an effective option – it will allow up to 6 people to video chat and a total of 50 people in a voice chat simultaneously. 

Another option available is, this platform will allow 1-to-1 meetings and up to 100 participants in a webinar type format – good for workshops or similar.

Lastly, the strength of Landcare and the LPLN is the community bonds and compassion we have for each other. There is no doubt Landcare will continue beyond COVID-19 and I for one am truly excited about what the Landcare movement can do to adapt its activities, events and operations in the face of this sort of social and community adversity. 

At this time, please ensure you all keep yourselves, families and others in your communities safe, this is an extremely tricky time for everyone and it will be very difficult for some. Be kind, have patience, support each other. If you require anything, or just need to chat through something, don’t hesitate to make contact.

Look after each other, and I’ll see you soon

Advice for Landcare activities from DELWP Victorian Landcare Program Team;

Dear Landcare staff and primary community Landcare contacts for the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program across Victoria

The State Government has declared a State of Emergency to combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website is being updated continually with the advice on Coronavirus COVID-19, including the latest information and fact sheets.

Landcare and environmental volunteer groups/networks need to stay up-to-date with the DHHS’s advice before making decisions about whether to proceed with events or meetings.

Landcare Facilitators who are funded through the Victorian Landcare Facilitator Program may need to modify planned activities as a result of the impact of the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, including the postponement of events or activities that are detailed in their Program Delivery Plans.

You can sign up to DHHS’s ‘Coronavirus COVID-19 daily update’ for current advice, go to

Please forward to your groups and networks.

Please stay safe at this difficult time.

DELWP Victorian Landcare Program staff

Loddon Plains Landcare Network Chemical Users and 1080 course, Kerang

LPLN is seeking expressions of interest to undertake a Chemical Users and 1080 course in Kerang.

This course will run for 3 days in the first two weeks of February 2020.

The course will be delivered by an independent trainer throughGOTAFE, Shepparton. The delivery of this course will support a one-for-one 1080 drum program in the final weeks of February for farmers around the Kerang lakes area and RAMSAR sites.

Please contact Danny Pettingill, Project Officer for further details and to complete your expression of Interest online, you can also head straight to the EOI form here:  

Or find the form on the Loddon Plains Landcare Network facebook page

Danny Pettingill

LPLN Landcare Facilitator, Project Officer

0490 412 430


Or search “Loddon Plains Landcare Network”

Protecting the Australasian Bittern

Want to know a bit more about the Australasian Bittern? North Central CMA is presenting an evening to learn all about this mysterious species.

The night includes two speakers and finishes with an optional bus tour to Johnson Swamp to hopefully hear some of these cryptic birds calling.

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