Thirty-two nest boxes and log hollows for microbats and small birds were installed in trees along Merri Creek in Merri Park, Northcote by skilled arborists in early September. This work was supported by generous public donations to the Merri Creek Environment Fund and a grant from the Hazel and Arthur Bruce Bequest.
Who will take up residence in these new homes?
We need the help of volunteers to monitor the boxes and hollows through camera monitoring and “sunset watches” where we will look for bats and birds leaving and entering boxes and hollows. Our next community monitoring sessions are on Sunday 8 December, 10am-12pm (Registration essential) and Wednesday 19 February, 7.30-8.30pm.
Our Ecological Restoration Program has developed particular expertise in managing precious native grassland remnants found in in the Merri Creek environs. This report describes the results of targeted vegetation management on interface of an urban Grassland Reserve: Ngarri-djarrang in Reservoir (3.5MB PDF file).
Merri Creek Management Committee's (MCMC) ecological restoration work was recognised in an award presented by Melbourne Water in March 2019. The Exceptional Contribution Award was for MCMC's efforts to improve riparian condition through Melbourne Water's River Health Incentives Program.
Ryan van den Hove, a Waterway and Land Officer with Melbourne Water, said it was a pleasure to present MCMC with this award that acknowledges Melbourne Water’s appreciation for the successful, high quality projects delivered by MCMC during the group's long history participating in the program.