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Caught on Camera Wombat Forest Community Day

A wombat caught by a motion-sensing camera as part of the Caught on Camera project.

A wombat caught by a motion-sensing camera as part of the Caught on Camera project.


Published 4 March 2016

Ever wanted to know what goes on in the Wombat Forest when the critters that call it home think nobody's looking? Well here's your chance to find out!

The Victorian National Parks Association and Wombat Forestcare invite you to our 'Caught on Camera' Community Day in Trentham on Sunday 20 March 2016.


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The day will involve:

  • A short presentation to look back at what we have achieved so far.
  • Hands-on training in how to setup motion-sensing cameras at the first set of monitoring sites in the forest - ideal for newcomers and those after a refresher.
  • A first look at the Wombat Forest feature of the French documentary Nature's Keepers.
  • A delicious lunch provided by the VNPA.
  • Meet friends, learn new skills and take a look at some of the amusing, charming and scientifically important images we have collected.

Our Caught on Camera project has been running for four years now in the Wombat State Forest. As a Caught on Camera volunteer, you'll use motion-sensing cameras to monitor the effects of fire on mammals.

The Wombat State Forest covers about 45,000 hectares and is one of Central Victoria's most important forests. It is a regional habitat link, providing crucial habitat for the movement of species across the landscape. The forest is home to several species of threatened animals.

In past years our cameras have recorded the threatened Brush-tailed Phascogale - an exciting and unexpected outcome of the project.

Already the project has resulted in a report and a fantastic community guide to the mammals of Wombat State Forest (VNPA reports).

Come along to our Community Day if you would like to learn more or become a volunteer!

Where: Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, High Street, Trentham and Wombat State Forest.

When: Sunday 20 March 2016, 10am-2.30pm.

This is a free event and lunch will be provided by the VNPA.

The training you receive at our Community Day will prepare you for a busy year ahead, with regular monitoring days (Sundays) planned throughout April to July.

We'll be collecting cameras and moving them on to the next location, and need all the help we can get!