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.

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You, Me and Biodiversity

The Greater Glider in Victoria: Ecology, distribution and recent declines

(Added: 2018-05-23)

Dr Jenny Nelson (Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research) will discuss recent research into the Greater Glider.

The Greater Glider is found in eucalypt forests from far north Queensland to the Wombat Forest in the south. Greater Gliders are listed as vulnerable (to extinction) nationally and in Victoria.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about one of the iconic species of the Wombat Forest.

Saturday 16 June 1.30 – 3.30pm, Trentham Neighbourhood Centre

Gold coin donation

More information: info@wombatforestcare.org.au

Putting Victoria’s fungal biodiversity on the map

(Added: 2018-04-09)

Fungimap and Wombat Forestcare are running two exciting fungi events in May as part of Wombat Forestcare’s ‘You, Me & Biodiversity’ program.

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Putting the Central Northern Victorian fungi on the map

Saturday 19 May 2018, 1.30 - 3.30 pm

Join Fungimap for information and training about local recognisable fungi from the Central Northern CMA including the wonderful Wombat State Forest. Fungi are important for the health of our bushlands providing vital ecosystem services not carried out by plants or animals. Fungi mediate the interactions between species and facilitate important ecosystem functions. Learn about an APP to enable you to share the local recognisable fungi you see your area from 18 May to 18 June 2018.

We will share with you profile information of the regions ‘lost fungi’. These are uncommonly recorded fungi that are likely to be rare and possibly threatened species but at the moment we do not have enough records to know.

Come along and get to know some of the local fabulous fungi and contribute to their conservation.

Speaker: Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher
Where: Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, High St, Trentham
Information: info@wombatforestcare.org.au

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Foray Friday afternoon - Monitor your local fungi

(Added: 2018-04-09)

Friday 18 May 2018, 2.00 - 4:30 pm

This is a session for people who are keen on monitoring their local biodiversity. We will be visiting a local bushland and doing a survey using the Fungimap APP to record both local recognisable fungi and ‘lost fungi’. We hope the local community will be encouraged to begin regularly monitoring their fungi to help with understanding and conservation of these important but often ignored species. You will learn how to monitor local fungi and why it is important.

Speaker: Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher
Email Gayle Osborne for further information regarding participating in this session info@wombatforestcare.org.au

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March newsletter now available

(Added: 2018-02-27)

The March 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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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)