World's Weekly Walk For Wildlife

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Weekly Walk For Wildlife – Week 8 Back In Lockdown 21st August 2021

And we are back in lockdown; the COVID Delta variant has reached regional Victoria, so the State government is talking about a longer lockdown. Again, this provides a clear reminder of the link between the wildlife trade and pandemics; and the critical need for more people to understand this link and why the wildlife trade must be properly regulated.

It clarifies the importance of initiatives such as the World Games For Wildlife, in this instance using sport to seed information about biodiversity loss in a much broader group of people. 

Being in lockdown again, back to wandering the land bordering the property. Today, I came across two amorous echidnas. He was clearly in the mood, she clearly wasn’t! I didn’t disturb them for too long.

Looking forward to seeing some little Echidnas – they are very cute. 

If you live in the Southern hemisphere like me what are you seeing as spring is arriving? For those in the Northern hemisphere, what are you observing of the local wildlife as the autumn arrives? 

Wherever you are in the world, I hope you join me for the World's Weekly Walk For Wildlife. Don't forget to post some images in your personal image gallery of what you are seeing.   

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Weekly Walk For Wildlife – Week 7 Forest Close To Home 13th August 2021.

This week I headed to a local forest, close to home. An old, abandoned plantation with gum trees scattered throughout, I had been told by some of the locals they had seen koalas at the location.

While, sadly, I didn’t see koalas, it was a great walk. There were lots of birds, including bronzewings, firetails (red-browed finch), grey fantails. The bush telegraph, kookaburras, were very vocal and I saw a white-wing chough sitting on a very impressive nest.

Also saw several swamp wallabies. So even with no koala, this was a great walk in the woods.  

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Weekly Walk For Wildlife – Week 6 Back In Lockdown 6th August 2021.

Being in lockdown again, I find the easiest thing to do is wonder around the woods close to home. And today I stumbled on a group of spitfire bugs. They are technically larvae (I think?) and while they look like caterpillars, they don’t change into butterflies, but sawflies.

And they don’t spit, but dribble. What is cool about them, is if they feel threatened, they all stand up and wriggle. They live in groups during the day to protect themselves from predators like birds. When they feel threatened and wiggle, this is when they dribble and  regurgitate a yellow liquid. Very cool!

Seeing these makes me feel like spring is just around the corner, which is great. 

Weekly Walk For Wildlife – Week 5 Loddon Falls 30th July 2021.

A busy week in catch up after the lockdown, but I wanted to come on my weekly walk for wildlife. I have come to another place just a short drive from home – Loddon Falls. The geology is great here, a result of the areas volcanic past. As one description of Loddon Fall puts it nicely, “imagine the violent volcanic eruptions that occurred in this area over the past 2.5 million years. Picture a massive red hot lava flow heading downstream, filling the deeply incised ancient river channel with molten rock and rapidly cooling to form huge hexagonal columns of basalt. A new river channel was then forged, over and around the basalt, before dropping 20 to 30 metres through the narrow gorge and flowing into the widening valley below.”

Given the steepness of the gorge, and the fact that there is no barrier, there is no backing up to the edge for a selfie!

This walk is also about the majesty of the trees, such as Blackwwoods and Manna Gums. I can’t imagine how stunning these areas would have been before European arrival. Given this is one place where you have a chance of seeing platypus, I will come back in the weeks and months to come. 

What can you find within 30 minutes from home? Until recently years I lived in the centre of Melbourne. The local parks and the river flowing through the city meant I could always see some wildlife. What do you see close to home?    

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Weekly Walk For Wildlife – Week 4 Sailors Falls 23rd July 2021 (still in lockdown).

One of my favourite local walks is Sailors Falls, and all to myself because of the continued lockdown.

Folklore is that Sailors Falls is named after the sailors who jumped ship to seek gold in the area during the 1850’s gold rush. Throughout this area you can spot the remnants of water races which delivered water around the gold diggings to uncover the nuggets of gold.

A wet and misty day, but the birds are flitting around. As well as the fairy and scrub wrens, I also saw the Eastern Spinebill and the New Holland Honey Eater; two very pretty birds.

I have seen wombats in the walks here, but not today. Even though no wombats were to be seen, it was simply lovely to be in the forest and next to the stream.

There is always a good cardio workout at the end of the walk, given the climb back to the car park! But it is always worth it. 

Wherever you are in the world I hope you will be a part of the World's Weekly Walk For wildlife. Don't forget to take photos on your walk and share images of the wildlife in your backyard. 

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Weekly Walk For Wildlife – Week 3 We In A Snap Lockdown (16th July, 2021).

Being in lockdown is a clear reminder of the link between what we are facing and the root cause of the problem, which is people's disrespect for wildlife and the natural world. 

It clarifies the importance of initiatives like the World Games For Wildlife, as many more people must be engaged in solving the current extinction crisis.

While I am in lockdown, I am very lucky, as I share my days with the local wildlife, such as the mob of kangaroos who spend their life in this area. 

Wherever you are in the world, I would love you to join me on the World's Weekly Walk For Wildlife. It is a time to reflect on how magnificent the natural world is and how much it needs our help right now. 

Weekly Walk For Wildlife – Week 2 Taking The Waters In Daylesford. Daylesford Lake (13th July, 2021).

This week is a short walk and blog. I had planned to walk around Daylesford Lake, in the regional town where I live, but today we were in the clouds.

With no sweeping views available, a change of plan took me to the slipway, where the water overflows from the lake into a mineral springs park. Daylesford is known for its natural mineral springs. Melbournians have been making their way to Daylesford for the benefit of their health and wellbeing for over a hundred years. Given the number of natural mineral springs, historically, many small towns created their own cordial factories with bottling plants located right at the spring site, with glass bottles blown by hand. 

Given we have known for a very long time that being in nature and pristine environments is good for our health, you would think that would have meant that more effort would have been made to save the natural world! But is Australia only 7.87% of the Australian landmass has been set aside for nature conservation (4% is National Parks, which has the highest protection), while 44.87% is used for grazing natural vegetation.

Given the day, there wasn’t much wildlife around. But I was checked out on the walk by two of my favourite birds, the Superb Fairy-Wren and the Eastern Yellow Robin. Both cheeky and curious.  

When I first moved to Australia, in 1996, I used to see Fairy-Wrens all the time, even in Melbourne city centre. But that changed over the years. In 2008, an installation using birdcages called Forgotten Songs profiled the songs of fifty birds once heard in central Sydney, before they were gradually forced out as green spaces became tower blocks.

 Australia has a long way to go before we can meet the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) goal to protect at least 30% of the Earth's Lands and Waters by 2030. Only by getting more people to reflect on the needs of the natural world can we start this process of rehabilitation, revegetation and rewilding. This refection is difficult give the generation after generation have become disconnected from wildlife and the natural world due to urbanisation.

Both the World Games For Wildlife and Weekly Walk For Wildlife have been created to encourage more people to support more people reflect on the needs of wildlife and the natural world.

You can make a difference right now by joining me in raising money for wildlife by starting your World Walks For Wildlife or making a donation to my fundraising campaign, the World’s Weekly Walk For Wildlife.

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Weekly Walk For Wildlife – Week 1 Eureka Reef, Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park (6th July, 2021).

Since I live in Victoria’s historic goldfield’s region, I thought I would start my weekly walk for wildlife at the Castlemaine Diggings, which was at one time the richest goldfield in the world. The park is part of the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung People.

Gold was discovered in the Castlemaine area in 1851 and during the 1850s and 1860s, it was mined as both open cut and shafts underground.

During the gold rush, the trees at Eureka were felled for building and fuel, and hillsides were stripped bare.

Miners also dammed creeks and gullies, built roads, constructed water races to convey water, so creeks and water ways were disrupted.

While most of the gold ran out by the end of the 1860s, the depressions of the 1890s and 1930s brought back the unemployed. Many mines were reopened, although few proved profitable.

The loss of mature trees and habitat fragmentation has taken a toll on native birds and animals. Today, a 150 years later, the forests are slowly regenerating, and the Eureka walk is quite a haunting place. Compared to the giant trees, which the miners felled, the current trees are tiny. Much of Australia’s soils are poor. Europeans arriving in the country thought the soil was really rich given the size of the trees. The reality is the trees were giants because they had been undisturbed for centuries. That isn’t to say that the land wasn’t managed and harvested before Europeans arrived. While many people know about Aboriginal Art, few know the rich history of Aboriginal Science, including land-management and medicines.

While the gold rush history is an extraordinary story, what strikes you is how this industry has impacted the land and wildlife. The birds are here and so are insects and reptiles but it is rare to see marsupials. Though the last time I was here, it was summer, and I did stumble on a wallaby trying to keep cool in an old mineshaft.

And the problem is that the gold industry hasn’t gone away. Over the last 20 years, many local people have campaigned to create a national park in the region. One of the industries who have lobbied against this is gold mining. With gold prices increasing during the pandemic, prospecting licences have been issued and prospecting markers can be seen in many local forests. Most licences have gone to companies registered overseas, a Canadian gold mining company being a big player in the region.

Locals are fighting back. We want National Parks, not gold mining. And with only 4% of the Australian land mass set aside for National Parks you can understand why many people in the region believe gold needs to be consigned to the history books. As Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park shows, it will take many hundreds of years for the land to recover from the damage this industry inflicted 150 years ago. It is great to be part of a community of conservation minded individuals challenging unnecessary further exploitation of the environment.  

While not all of my future blogs will be this long, I wanted to encourage people to join me for the World’s Weekly Walk For Wildlife. I would love to hear about where you live and the nature around you.

You can make a difference right now by joining me in raising money for wildlife or making a donation to my fundraising campaign, the World’s Weekly Walk For Wildlife.

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I'm participating in World Games For Wildlife

I'm participating in World Games For Wildlife 

I have created an event called the World’s Weekly Walk For Wildlife. Every week from 1 July, 2021 to the 31 December 2021, I will walk to raise funds for Nature Needs More, Active for Animals and SAVE African Rhino Foundation.

Sometimes the walks will be in the country and sometimes in the city. Sometimes they will be short and sometimes they will take the full day. This is my time to reflect on how to help wildlife and the natural world recover from the biodiversity loss we have seen in recent decades.

I invite anyone to join me for the World’s Weekly Walk For Wildlife; wherever you are in the world, please join the team!

The global pandemic has shown us how people, animals and the planet are all connected. Nature has certainly taken care of use through the many months of lockdown and, now, it is time for more of us to take care of nature.

Please sponsor me to support my challenge, or better still join me in the World’s Weekly Walk For Wildlife to raise funds for Nature Needs More, Active for Animals and SAVE African Rhino Foundation

Together we can make a real difference.

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