On January 11th, in the hot and humid conditions with imminent rain threatening, the PCL team and loyal volunteers met at the Melba House revegetation site. After the Christmas break and all the warm and wet weather we have had, the weeds had grown enough to hide the plants! In a little under 2 hours, our wonderful volunteers and experienced field officers had managed to get the site under control using a combination of hand pulling and brush cutting the weeds. Most of the guinea grass was hand pulled which will make future control easier. We have also had an explosion of weed vine growth including stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida) and siratro vine (Macroptilium atropurpureum), much of which was also hand pulled. The plants have grown fantastically well, unfortunately, some have disappeared which is disappointing when local school students and volunteers were responsible for much of the planting.
Our second working bee of 2024 at the Pioneer river bank revegetation site dawned hot and humid again. We were blessed with a dry morning, but it certainly heated up extremely quickly. This month saw us weeding around the base of each plant, we’ve certainly had good growing weather, so the plants have grown big and strong – unfortunately, so have the weeds! Great success from last month’s working bee though – the area around each plant was still relatively weed free so we rolled back the vines and pulled out some Guinea grass which gave a clear zone around the plants so they wouldn’t get accidentally damaged by the brush cutter. A platypus was also seen in the river by John as he was hand pulling the weeds. This was extremely exciting – even more so because on our recent platypus count at broken River, he hadn’t seen any at all! It just goes to show how much wonderful wildlife we have in our area and how much benefit projects such as this, that increase habitat, improve water quality, and increase biodiversity, are to our beautiful region.
Huge thanks to our amazing volunteer, John, who turned up to help us weed around the 500 plus plants before our awesome Field Officer, Mitch, turned up to complete the weed control with a brush cutter. Great job everyone!
Reminder – we will be out again next month on Wednesday 6th March. Come and enjoy a bit of nature, coffee, and a chat, whilst benefitting the environment.