Macedon Ranges’ birdlife will be under scrutiny this month.
A free, unique bird watching experience is being offered at Cloud 9 Farm in Pipers Creek on Saturday, October 21.
Owner Alan Deeble will take visitors to see the woodland birds on the property, which adjoins Cobaw State Forest.
Mr Deeble said a range of local birds inhabited the land.
“We’re very fortunate,” he said. “We get eagles … we get lots of kookaburras and plovers, and the fairy wren, which is native to our area.”
Attendees will be able to enjoy the farm’s mulled wine and cheese after bird watching.
Cloud 9 Farm was selected for the Excellence in Agribusiness award in the 2017 Bendigo Bank Macedon Ranges Business Awards.
“It’s a big thing for us,” Mr Deeble said. “We believe we are part of the agricultural business of the Macedon Ranges.”
“We do three core segments of production.”
Cloud 9 Farm milks its own cows to make cheese, and grows its own grapes for its own wine.
The owners then sell their products and host visitors at their beautiful cellar door.
“We like people to come to experience what a small farm can do,” Mr Deeble said.
Macedon Ranges council and local bird experts will also host a free bird watching event and breakfast on Saturday, October 14, at Barringo Bushland Reserve in New Gisborne.
Bookings are essential for both events. Visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/environment-events
The national Aussie Backyard Bird Count also takes place from October 23-29, which invites people to spend 20 minutes outside recording bird sightings. Visit aussiebirdcount.org.au to take part.