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.


March newsletter now available

(Added: 2023-03-17)

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

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'You, Me & Biodiversity' talk and field event

(Added: 2023-02-20)

You, me and biodiversity

Talk - Arachnid, Bug, Cormorant, Daisy - The ABCD's of using iNaturalist for biodiversity observations

Presented by: Peter Crowcroft

Peter Crowcroft aka possumpete, his iNaturalist username, is an environmental educator and avid iNaturalist poster, where he has uploaded over 11,000 observations of roughly 3,000 Australian species - mostly moths and plants. Peter regularly travels around the state and country to increase the number of species he has photographed, learn more about the wonders of Australia's biodiversity, and contribute to its understanding as a citizen scientist. His Masters was on Moths and he is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education. Peter will deliver a talk and workshop on using iNaturalist (ideally download the iNaturalist App before the workshop if you think you'd like to use it).

DATE: Sunday 30 April 2023 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, High Street, Trentham Victoria 3458

Try Booking Link: www.trybooking.com/CGCDM

Field event - Moth Spotting - Peter Crowcroft - Trentham Falls - evening

Peter Crowcroft, environment educator will follow up his afternoon talk on iNaturalist with an evening session where he will be setting up his moth light at Trentham Falls from 7.30-10.30pm. All are welcome, including children. Plenty of parking. Stay a while or the whole time. Bring your head torches and download the iNaturalist App ahead of time so Peter can help with loading sightings if you are interested.

Moths are attracted to light at night, we aren't totally sure why but there are a few theories! Whatever the reasons, we'll make the most of it so that we can see and appreciate the most diverse group of creatures that hardly anyone notices. Their incredible variety and artistic camouflage is beautiful to behold, especially if you have a macro camera! Let's discover together what moths come to the light at Trentham Falls.

DATE: Sunday 30 April 2023 6.00 PM - 7:30 PM
Trentham Falls, Trentham Scenic Reserve Road, Trentham Vic 3458

Try Booking Link: www.trybooking.com/CGCDY

Salvage by VicForests in proposed National Park

(Added: 2022-04-26)

Over 100 people walked into a logged area of the Wombat State Forest to express their opposition to a destructive salvage operation

Over 100 people walked into a logged area of the Wombat State Forest to express their opposition to a destructive salvage operation. Photograph by Sandy Scheltema

The Wombat Forest community is outraged that VicForests have commenced an industrial scale salvage operation in the Wombat State Forest, in an area that is part of the proposed Wombat-Lerderderg National Park.

What you can do:

Contact the Premier and c.c. Minister Thomas and call on the Premier to intervene to immediately to halt this VicForests' operation and to create the promised parks.

You may have other members of parliament that you wish to include.

Posted letters are very effective, so firstly email and if possible print and post.

Office of the Premier
1 Treasury Place
Melbourne, Vic 3002

The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas
Member for Macedon
PO Box 39, Gisborne, VIC 3437

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The Great VicForests Log Grab in the Wombat Forest

Last June a massive storm event occurred in the Wombat State Forest causing thousands of trees to fall in parts of the forest.

A few weeks later the Victorian State government tabled a response to the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) Central West Investigation in parliament and promised that the Lerderderg State Park and Wombat State Forest would be combined to form a new Wombat-Lerderderg National Park and a series of smaller regional parks. This followed a two year investigation by VEAC that found the Wombat Forest had very high conservation and ecological values, including providing critical habitat for over 40 threatened flora and fauna species.

Following the storm VicForests saw an opportunity to undertake a log grab before the Wombat Forest became a National Park, and without any community consultation listed 175 salvage logging coupes, over 80 of which were in the proposed National Park. Under pressure from VicForests and the logging industry the Dan Andrews Labor government allowed this log grab to proceed, without any consideration for the environmental impacts.

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New Wombat-Lerderderg National Park

(Added: 2021-07-23)

Wombat Forestcare welcomes the state government’s announcement of three new National Parks for central west Victoria. The Wombat-Lerderderg National Park, Mount Buangor National Park (near Beaufort) and the Pyrenees National Park (near Avoca) as well as conservation and regional parks will be created.

Although this is a wonderful outcome, the government has allowed VicForests to continue to harvest "commercial firewood coupes" in the Wombat Forest and to continue to harvest sawlogs at Mt Cole and the Pyrenees until 2030. Read our analysis of the government’s announcement in the July issue of the Wombat Forestcare newsletter.

The Victorian Government tabled its response to the VEAC central west forests investigation on 24 June 2021.
Read the government's response.

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.

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

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

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