Gama (near Hopetoun in Victoria)

To: "'Tim Dolby'" <>, <>, "'Bill Stent'" <>, <>
Subject: Gama (near Hopetoun in Victoria)
From: "Charles Silveira" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 18:23:58 +1100
Hi folks,

For those interested, Wathe Flora & Fauna Reserve is embedded in farmland
and about 6000 ha in area so the 2007 fire (4000 ha) has taken out about
two-thirds of the reserve.  It is a fantastic mallee reserve established
through the hard work and determination of a local farmer - the late Angus
Torpey - primarily for the Malleefowl.  Angus used to monitor some 60 mounds
annually and there are at least two Malleefowl grids being monitored by the
Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group at present.  A previous fire (~800 ha
from memory) went through in 1991 and took out three of my nine long-term
fire study sites established in 1985.  Two of those nine sites had the
Striated Grasswren but I have not recorded any since the 1991 fire and am
not sure whether anyone else has anywhere in the reserve.  Wathe has already
apparently lost the Mallee Emu-wren (formerly recorded by Angus) as a survey
last year failed to find any.  So, let us hope that this week's fire has not
caused any further local extinctions and that the good rains lead to a rapid
rejuvenation of the burnt areas.

All the best,


Charles Silveira

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Tim Dolby
Sent: Wednesday, 21 November 2007 5:03 PM
To: ; Bill Stent; 
Subject: Gama (near Hopetoun in Victoria)

Hi all,

Greg Sanderson has just rung me to say that the area around Gama has just
had over 3 inches of rain, and that the nearby 4000 ha Lascelles - Wathe FFR
fire is under control. At Gama he saw up to 3 Black Honeyeater (including
one male) and 15 White-fronted Honeyeater near the corner of Gama Sea Lake
Rd & Sunraysia Hwy. 

I've also noticed (via the excellent DSE Fire Emergency site mentioned by
Martin below) that the 15000 ha Little Desert-Salt Lake Track fire is under


Tim Dolby

-----Original Message-----
From:  on behalf of

Sent: Tue 20/11/2007 13:53
To: Bill Stent
Subject: Gama (near Hopetoun in Victoria)
Bill, some information for you on the Wathe fire situation.

The fire at Lascelles - Wathe area of public land has burnt 4 000 hectares 
including 160 ha of private land.  I understand that much of the Wathe 
Flora and Fauna Reserve has been burnt.

Updates and further details on the fire situation at this location can be 
found on the following Department of Sustainability & Environment web 

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St. (PO Box 500),
East Melbourne  3002


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