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Waring Wombat Season [Apr-Jul]

Cool, rainy days follow misty mornings. The time of highest rainfall and lowest temperatures.  Waring (wombats) emerge to bask and graze in the sunshine.

Bulen-bulen (Superb Lyrebird) males perform their courtship displays.

Hearts of Kombadik (Soft Tree-ferns) are the major food when no fruits are available.

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Seven Seasons of the Kulin People

Artist - Karina H McInnes
Source - Museum Victoria


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Heathland Working Bee - 15-Sep-2012

heathland2After very inclement weather the previous Saturday caused the working bee to be abandoned, a group of 20 volunteers gathered on Sat 15-Sep to start clearing the tea tree that had invaded the heathland on the eastern side of the track down to the shore from Market Place.

And to everyone's delight, we found very many heathland plants under the heavy tea tree cover - click on the title to read more and see photos of the day.

mapThe actual site of the working bee is shown on the image right with a yellow oval.  The August working bee was in the much better quality heathland on the opposite (western) side of the track.

Note that whilst tea tree is a native species, it is not 'native' to our heathland.  The tea tree has invaded the heathland following the big fire in the Foreshore Reserve in 2004.  If left there, it grows above the much smaller heathland plants and so out-competes them for light.  Note that other species, particulary coast wattle, have also invaded (and been removed) but in far fewer numbers than the tea tree.

The Council did employ a contractor a few years ago to clear the western side of the track, which is why this is now of much higher quality than the eastern side.  As we had hoped to clear more than we were able to do, we have used some grant funds to employ the same contractor to return and extend our work further into the heathland.  This also avoided putting volunteers in a situation of encountering snakes, which become more active as the weather warms up.

All the volunteers present on the Saturday were very pleasantly surprised to find how many of the heathland plants had survived under the growing forest of tea tree saplings.  This augers very well for the recovery of the heathland, although this may take a few years to show real progress.

We now plan to include a working bee or two in all future grants aimed at the restoration of the ecological integrity of our Foreshore Reserve.  This will ensure we have an ongoing program to remove new saplings and foster the heathland recovery.

Do take the time to have a look at our recovering heathland, reported to be the only one of its kind in our area.

Photos taken on Sat 15-Sep and when the contractors followed up on 21-Sep are shown below.


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