A Melbourne Conservation Support Centre visit to Scottsdale Reserve

on 19 Feb 2016 
Sabine Reiser kept us well organised throughout the visit.
Scottsdale staff, Phil Palmer, Brett Peden and Peter Saunders explain their Striped Legless Lizard translocation project..
Scottsdale Reserve staff explain the fish ladder they recently built.
A storm lit by lighnening viewed across the reserve.
Antia Brademann, the Upper Murrumbidgee Project facilitator gave an engaging presentation about the project.
Alex Monday and Peter Saunders boating on the Murrumbidgi.
The Murrumbidgee River flows alongside one boundary of Scottsdale Reserve.
Black Cyprus woodland.
Fred gets familiar with a Huntsman Spider.

Some of the staff in our Melbourne Conservation Support Centre rarely get to go out to our reserves. So the Fundraising and Communications team were thrilled last week to go on a two day trip to Scottsdale Reserve, in New South Wales, south-east of Canberra.

Our hosts, reserve staff Phil Palmer, Brett Peden and Peter Saunders organised a busy itinerary for us. They showing us the many projects currently underway at the reserve, took us to see each of the habitats in the varied landscape, and put us to work removing tree guards from revegetation plots and collecting data on survival rates among the species planted.

It was a busy trip, especially for those of us who crammed into troop-carriers for the long drive up and back from Melbourne, but we had a great time and it was invaluable opportunity for the city based staff to get a hands on appreciation of the work on the ground that we're all devoted to supporting.

A huge thank you to everyone who made the trip such a success, and to the huge team of volunteers and conservation professionals who are beavering away to protect and rejuvenate that amazing and complex landscape, and in the process devising, testing and implementing so many ground-breaking conservation management techniques.

(Click on the photos below to zoom and view the captions.)

Scottsdale staff, Phil Palmer, Brett Peden and Peter Saunders explain their Striped Legless Lizard translocation project..
Scottsdale Reserve staff explain the fish ladder they recently built.
A storm lit by lighnening viewed across the reserve.
Antia Brademann, the Upper Murrumbidgee Project facilitator gave an engaging presentation about the project.
Alex Monday and Peter Saunders boating on the Murrumbidgi.
The Murrumbidgee River flows alongside one boundary of Scottsdale Reserve.
Black Cyprus woodland.
Fred gets familiar with a Huntsman Spider.