Welcome to Wombat Forestcare

Immature Scarlet Robin

Immature Scarlet Robin, Petroica boodang
(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.

News

September newsletter now available

(Added: 2018-09-14)

The September newsletter now available. We hope you enjoy it. Thanks to all of the contributors for helping us put out such a wonderful publication.

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Proposed Wombat-Lerderderg National Park

(Added: 2018-09-03)

Wombat Forestcare welcomes the draft recommendations released by the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) Central West Investigation, released Friday 31 August. www.veac.vic.gov.au/investigation/central-west-investigation

Some of the key draft recommendations from VEAC include:

  • Wombat Forest: a new Wombat-Lerderderg National Park to be created, a new regional park located in two parts and a conservation park.
  • Wellsford Forest: an addition of 3950 hectares to the Bendigo Regional Parks, and the creation of a 3160 hectare Wellsford Nature Reserve.
  • Pyrenees Forest is upgraded to a new Pyrenees National Park of 16,076 hectares, and a new regional park of 4,160 hectares.
  • Mount Cole/Mount Buangor - Mount Buangor National Park is extended by 1406 hectares, incorporating the under-represented EVC, Grassy Dry Forest, and to protect the endangered Mount Cole Grevillea. Ben Nevis Nature Reserve is to be created on the northern flanks of the current Mount Cole State Forest.
  • New conservation parks – A new Cobaw Conservation Park; Hepburn Conservation Park; Ben Major Nature Conservation Reserve, combining the existing Flora Reserve with adjacent bush; Waterloo Nature Conservation Reserve; and dozens of other new and expanded bushland reserves.

Most of Mt Cole and all Mt Lonarch are to remain state forests, with much of the area left open for intensive logging. This is of considerable concern.

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Make the Wombat Forest a State Park

Protect it forever

The Wombat State Forest forms a significant part of the only largely intact native vegetation in the central Victorian region and is home to many important flora and fauna species.

The Greater Glider is the largest of the gliding possums. This beautiful, furry creature ranges in colour from brown to grey to cream, pale underneath with a short snout and large ears. The Wombat State Forest is the western extremity of the Greater Glider’s range in Victoria.

Wombat Forestcare is requesting that the State Government initiate a process for the management of the Wombat State Forest that encompasses a mixture of State Park and Community Forest Reserve.

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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

Mining Licence approved for Shepherd's Flat in the Wombat State Forest

(Added: 2015-06-19)

Despite strong community opposition, Sandy Mining Pty Ltd has been granted a 10-year mining licence, for 53.8 hectares, in the northern section of the Wombat State Forest.

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Media release

Letter to Minister for Planning

More Mining for the Wombat Forest

(Added: 2014-06-16)

Another mining licence (MIN5460) was approved on 3 May 2014 for the Wombat State Forest covering 37 hectares near Spargo Creek. The proposed work program includes hard rock open cut and underground mining and bulk sampling.

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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

Greater Glider

Greater Glider (photo by Gayle Osborne)