Written by: Robert Bender
The Bellarine Landcare group invited a speaker for their 11 October meeting and I volunteered. It is south east of Geelong, near Queenscliff. The meeting was at a fairly isolated hall, part of Greater Geelong infra-structure.
An audience of 25 was expected but as often happens the night was cold and rainy, so the audience reduced to 13. It is a very active Landcare group and they usually do better than that, but the weather determines who will venture out for the night.
I have my usual Powerpoint presentation, tweaked to refer to the problems associated with bat box projects, as so many groups get enthusiastic about setting up boxes without understanding the problems they are taking on. I left a copy with the group on their laptop. As it was too wet for a bat-detector walk, though it was well into bat pregnancy season, the talk went on much longer than planned, with many questions from the audience. The evening was organized by Sophie Small, the local Landcare Co-ordinator (on the left of the photo) and she kindly organised for Kath Lockhart (right) of the group’s committee to put me up for the night as it was a long way home.
The evening went very well, and apparently they have a speaker about some local issue almost monthly. They hope to persuade many local landholders to install bat boxes soon on their properties.