Lockyer in the Wild: Nature Photography
Get outdoors and start snapping for a chance to win cash prizes and have your photograph chosen for the Competition Exhibition on 3rd November 2018.
The Lockyer Valley has an amazing diversity of native fauna, flora and fungi, which your photographs can help to promote.
Enter the competition by downloading the Competition Entry Form with Conditions of Entry here….
To complete and submit your form, either…
- Print and fill in the entry form by hand, then either scan/photograph the form and email
- Type direct to the form using Adobe Reader* then save and email
*Using Adobe Reader (e.g. free software https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/)
- Save the entry form to your computer
- Open Adobe Reader and select and open saved entry form
- Click on Tools and select ‘Fill and Sign’
- Select ‘Add Text’ to type in details
- Save file and email to us
Glossy Black Cockatoo Project
LUCI has identified the Glossy Black Cockatoo (GBC) as a target species for conservation management in the Lockyer Uplands landscape. Listed as a vulnerable species in Queensland and New South Wales, a number of local sightings had been reported for the Glossy Black.
LUCI is mentored in its GBC project by researchers from Griffith University’s School of Environmental Futures Research Institute. In Phase 1 of the GBC Project (2015-2016), which involved twenty one landholders in the Lockyer Uplands, LUCI established the presence of GBCs across ten of the participating properties. The project collected preliminary information on GBC feed trees (Allocasuarina species) as well as about some GBC habitat features (e.g. water sources and tree hollows) on the properties.
LUCI has now commenced Phase 2 of the project, a five year project focusing on questions relating to the phenology of GBC feed trees and usage of feed trees. Participants will monitor feed tree variables such as size, sex, flower/pollen and cone density as well as the presence of orts. The project will provide information relating to a number of questions such as when are different Allocasuarina species fruiting, what are the cone ripening time frames, which trees are being used from one year to the next and how is age related to desirability of the seed?
For more information on GBCs visit Atlas of Living Australia, or the Glossy Black Conservancy and submit your sightings. LUCI members also participate in the Glossy Black Conservancy’s Annual Birding Day.
A number of LUCI members have reported sightings of koalas on their properties or in the local landscape. To assist in monitoring the presence of koalas in the area, LUCI members and supporters have received training in koala scat identification from members of Lockyer Community Action, a local not-for-profit organisation, who undertake extensive koala monitoring in the northern Lockyer Valley.
Junior citizen science partnership
LUCI has developed a partnership with the Principal, Mount Sylvia State School (MSSS), to encourage student interest in local native species and the importance of caring for native habitats. The Principal is piloting a learning approach that sees students engaged in “on-ground” activities in their local area to better understand how environmental conditions affect the growth and survival of living things. LUCI members have participated in a student science day contributing inputs on Glossy Black Cockatoos, their habitats and habitat needs.
Our most recent project with MSSS involved the students and the school community in a riparian restoration project, which was undertaken with a Seqwater Water for Life community grant. The project involved planting 500 native trees and grasses from flora listed under RE12.3.7 in a herringbone pattern on a 90 metre section of creek bank adjoining the back of the school playing grounds. The section of creek bank is part of the Tenthill Creek system, which is subject to severe and regular channel adjustments due to high rain events.
Community Planting Day behind MSSS Students monitor progress and will be responsible for plant maintenance including weed management
Friends of Dwyers scrub project
A number of LUCI members are registered as volunteers with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to undertake weed mapping and management activities in Dwyers Scrub Conservation Park. The project commenced in October 2015 and, to date, the priority has been the control of an infestation of Cat’s Claw vine (Dolichandra unguis-cati) in the Semi-evergreen vine thicket (SEVT) section of the park.
The dreaded canopy killer in flower Weeding results using cut stump method
According to the Park management plan, the SEVT areas make up about 40ha of the 259ha in the Park and contain around two-thirds of all the native plant species recorded in the Park including threatened vine and orchid species. SEVT also provides habitat for a range of bird and animal species, some listed as endangered.
Conservation of Semi-evergreen vine thicket in the Lockyer Uplands
LUCI received a grant from Healthy Land and Water through the National Landcare program to protect over 50 hectares of SEVT, which is listed as endangered in Queensland. The project involved the installation of more than two kilometers of fencing to protect SEVT on two properties, which adjoin Dwyers Scrub Conservation Park. The fencing aims to reduce the impacts of grazing on remnant vegetation.
The project also included a three phase release of a bio-control measure (leaf mining jewel beetle Hylaeogena jureceki) to combat an invasion of Cat’s Claw vine (Dolichandra unguis-cati) in a tract of SEVT on a third property in the area. It is intended that the health of the SEVT areas covered by this project will be monitored over the longer term.
Jewel beetles at work on Cat’s claw
According to the Dwyers Scrub management plan, SEVT once covered up to 20 percent of the Lockyer Valley and, now, is protected only in two areas in the Lockyer Valley, Dwyers Scrub and Flagstone Creek Conservation Parks.
Community workshops and get-togethers
- community education workshops on biodiversity topics
- special interest walks
- guest speaker breakfasts
- weaving with weeds