Read all about fungi along Merri Creek.
This new guide by Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher explores the fungi of Merri Creek, explains their role and what you can do to help protect them and the bushland. There are excellent photographs for you to ID any fungi you come across – including weedy fungi. Dr McMullan-Fisher gave us a fascinating presentation at the 2019 annual general meeting, opening up the world of fungi and their role in plant life. The guide also steps you through the process of adding records to iNaturalist with tips for taking photographs that will best support your records.
Look for our fungi – Merri Creek
Outdoor events and Coronavirus. UPDATE 12 May
We are postponing all of our community events due to the coronavirus outbreak and in support of containment measures.
We do have guidelines and a dedicated FaceBook page for Covid-compliant community litter pickups.
We’re posting a Weekly Weeds series on our FaceBook page, to help you identify weeds to pullout while walking on the shared path.
Please still visit Merri Creek, ride safely and enjoy!
Stay well everyone.
Thanks to all our volunteer bird survey leaders and spotters. Over 100 species were recorded at 36 sites. A highlight was a solitary Eastern whipbird, its usual habitat the wet forests of the eastern ranges, the shrubby understory of Merri Park providing a home away from home.
Our bird surverys are held quarterly, over 2 Sunday mornings – the next round is in May – keep an eye on our events calendar.
Thanks to Peter Mollison for this wonderful photograph of a male Red-rumped Parrot.
Bird survey report – 2019
Read about sightings along the catchments in new report.
The Merri Creek Management Committee has released their Flora and Fauna report for October 2018 to September 2019.
Sightings and observations from the Ecological Restoration Team, along with reports from the community help to build a picture of life along the creek catchment, both during a year – and over time. Along with the powerful owl, there have been swamp wallaby sightings and “hearings” of growling grass frogs. On the flora front, locally rare grassland species, propagated as part of the Secret Seven Seed project have been reintroduced and are doing well. Thankyou for your reports too, you are valuable extra eyes and ears!
Read more here.
Melbourne Water investigates constructed waterway failure.
This failure, near Donnybrook Rd Mickelham was highlighted last year by Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) in our Muddy Merri Troubles Report. Behind the scenes, Melbourne Water have been working to rectify the problems exposed by this waterway. They recently provided a welcome update to MCMC on progress on this matter.
They have also acknowledged the widespread occurrence of problematic soils in the Kalkallo Creek sub-catchment of the upper Merri (west of the Hume Highway between Donnybrook Rd and Beveridge). All future developers will be required to address the issue of erosive/dispersive soils earlier in the planning/design process to avoid similar problems.
Melbourne Water comments regarding failure of constructed waterway at Donnybrook Rd, Mickleham: “Melbourne Water is aware of the failure of a constructed section of Donnybrook Creek on the southern side of Donnybrook Road, Mickleham.”
Melbourne Water have been actively working with the developer and their engineering consultant to rectify this issue. Investigation into the failure shows that the Kalkallo catchment is susceptible to highly erosive/dispersive soils which did not sustain the waterway that was designed and constructed. The constructed waterway is within the defects liability period and has not been accepted or handed over to Melbourne Water for ownership and maintenance. Melbourne Water’s acceptance for the handover of this asset will require the failure to be addressed.
Melbourne Water has met with the developer and consultant to discuss a number of rectification options including:
It is expected that rework will occur in late winter-early spring 2019, with re-planting to occur immediately after the civil works.
Melbourne Water notes that the erosive/dispersive soil is widespread amongst the Kalkallo catchment, with the issue being prominent in areas where the integrity of the surface is being disturbed. As such, Melbourne Water will be requiring all future developers to address these issues earlier in the planning/design process.”