Welcome to Wombat Forestcare

Young Powerful Owl

Young Powerful Owl, Ninox strenua
(photograph by Gayle Osborne)

Wombat Forestcare is a community group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural ecosystems of the Wombat Forest and surrounding areas.

The Wombat Forest contains a diverse range of native plants and animals, including a number that are listed as rare or threatened, such as Powerful Owl and the Wombat Bush Pea. As well as these natural values, the Wombat is a significant water catchment area, giving rise to six rivers.

Wombat Forestcare engages in a range of activities. These have a strong focus on community involvement and education, and include undertaking flora and fauna surveys. We also enjoy the social aspect of a forest group, with picnics and bushwalks for people who love being in the bush.

Wombat Forestcare would like to acknowledge the ancestors and descendants of the Traditional Owners of this country.
We acknowledge that they have been custodians for thousands of years and continue to practice and renew a unique culture.
We acknowledge their living culture today and its importance in the life and future of central Victoria.


An open letter to the Andrews’ Government: Less talk, more protection for nature

An Open Letter to the Andrews Government

Over forty state, national and international groups representing hundreds of thousands of Victorians, call on the Andrews' Government to accept recommendations for new national parks in Victoria's central west.

A mighty collaboration of groups, coordinated by local community conservation group Wombat Forestcare, is calling on the Andrews Government to hurry up and get on with creating and implementing new parks for Victoria, through a series of full page adds in six papers across key regional centres of Bendigo, Ballarat, Castlemaine, Moorabool, Daylesford, Macedon.

Following the two-year expert investigation by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC), recommendations have been made for large areas of public forests of the Wombat, Wellsford, Mount Cole and Pyrenees Ranges in Victoria's central west to become National (almost 60,000 hectares) or Regional Parks (almost 20,000 hectares).

The Andrews' Government decision is already over 12 months overdue, and after years in the making, the lack of action has left regional and conservation groups from around the state feeling deeply disappointed.

Add your name to the letter here

An Open Letter to the Andrews Government

Some of the 200 members of Wombat Forestcare met on the Lederderg River near Blackwood to discuss their hopes for the Wombat Forest to be reclassified as a National Park. Picture © Sandy Scheltema

Resilience of the Wombat Forest

(Added: 2021-05-25)

Wombat Forestcare was pleased to host a talk by Prof Stephan Arndt, University of Melbourne regarding the “Resilience of the Wombat Forest” For those interested in forest and climate science. The presentation is 40 minutes.

March newsletter now available

(Added: 2021-03-09)

We hope you enjoy the March issue of our newsletter. Many thanks to our contributors and proof readers.

More information

Grow wild: Gardening to sustain wildlife in the Hepburn Shire

(Added: 2020-04-01)

Available for purchase at Paradise Books, Daylesford and Trentham Post Office

Greater Gliders need a new national park in the Wombat Forest

(Added: 2020-02-20)

The Wombat Forest, near Daylesford, is a vital refuge for the Greater Glider, Australia’s largest flying mammal. A new report suggests that a new national park here would secure long-term protection for this species that is in decline across the state.

At least a quarter of Greater Glider habitat has been impacted by the unprecedented fires in the east of Victoria. The Wombat Forest is one of the forests in the west of Victoria that has been recommended by VEAC to be protected in the national parks system.

Read the report

Conservation values of the Wombat Forest and Mount Macedon Landscape Zone

(Added: 2017-08-03)

Wombat Forestcare received funding through The Wilderness Society’s WildCountry Small Grants Program to undertake an assessment of the conservation values of the Wombat Forest and Mount Macedon Landscape Zone.

Read the second draft of Part One of this report

Part Two will be available shortly

Motion Camera Project

(Added: 2016-11-08)

Wombat Forestcare has been the recipient of a number of grants over the last few years and we would like to express our appreciation. We are carrying out valuable research using motion-sensing cameras to record fauna species throughout the Wombat Forest.

  • Hepburn Shire Council for a computer and GPS
  • Hepburn Wind for two motion-sensing cameras
  • Trentham Community Bank for one motion-sensing camera
  • The RE Ross Trust for funding for a project supervisor and data manager
  • The Norman Wettenhall Foundation for funding for three motion sensing cameras and spotlighting equipment

Wombat Forest and Macedon Ranges Fungi Guide

Fungi Guide cover

(Added: 2013-03-18)

The Wombat Forest is a hotspot for the diversity of fungi. Hundreds of species have been documented from the familiar mushroom to the more bizarre forms of those shaped like corals, cups, clubs, jellies, lattice balls and even starfish!

Wombat Forestcare is promoting the importance of this group of organisms through a new guide – ‘Fungi of the Wombat Forest and Macedon Ranges’. The guide has colour photographs of 108 of the more familiar local species as well as information about identification.

To obtain a copy of the guide either send a cheque for $7- to Wombat Forestcare, 715 Little Hampton Road, Glenlyon, 3461 or pay this amount into our bank account Wombat Forestcare Inc, Bendigo Bank, Account no 149488678, BSB 633 108 and email info@wombatforestcare.org.au to say you have done this. Please do not forget to include your postal details.

Fungi Guides are on sale at

  • Paradise Book Shop, 46 Vincent Street, Daylesford
  • Daylesford Visitor Information Centre, 98 Vincent Street, Daylesford
  • Aesop's Attic Bookshop, 70 High Street, Kyneton

Visit our fungi page for great images of 102 Fungal Species of the Wombat Forest.

Conservation values of the Mt Cole and Pyrenees landscape

(Added: 2010-10-16)

Wombat Forestcare in conjunction with the Wilderness Society, Ballarat Environment Network and Bendigo District Environment Council have released a report ‘that investigates the natural heritage values of the Mount Cole and Pyrenees Range in Victoria’s central-west, and assesses current threats to the area’s wildlife and habitats.

The report was funded by the WildCountry Small Grants Program.

Read the report