Looking At Landcare – 22/9/2017

Hi Landcarers

It was my pleasure to meet with Years 1 and 2 from Parkes East Public School on Wednesday to talk to them about the environment.

These Parkes East students have been studying a unit of work ‘Up, Down and All Around’ and we talked about what environment means and that we have many environments that we can be part of during the day.

We talked about the difference between a natural environment and the things that make up that environment, like plants, animals, insects and how kids can do their bit to ensure that our beautiful environment is maintained or improved. We also talked about things that are man-made and how we use our resources.

I was impressed by some of the fantastic opinions and the understanding that these young people have of the role that they can play in looking after our environment, regardless of what path they pursue.

Speaking of our environment, the National Parks Association are holding their next walk at Nangar National Park. A gorgeous spot near Eugowra that is beautiful through all seasons. The walk will follow the Glen Echo Trail.

Walkers will meet at the Eugowra Rest Area at 9.15am. This is a medium, 6km walk lead by Martin Bell. Please contact Martin the evening before the walk on 0429 346 586.

Have you been involved in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count before? If you haven’t, go and check it out online. The Bird Count will be held between 23 – 29 October and is a chance for us to check out what birds we have in our local area and also provides data to one central place that monitors changes in the frequency of bird across Australia.

During the last count, over 1 million birds were counted by 61,418 people. This was made up of 576 different species, with the three most recorded species in NSW being the Rainbow Lorrikeet, Noisy Miner and Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.

The survey is a fun way to focus on birdlife for a week. We will be running a couple of kids bird walks in the lead up to the Bird Count week. More details next week.

CWLL and a Team of volunteers, along with the Skillset Green Army Team have done a considerable amount of work at Gum Swamp near Forbes. This is an important refuge for birds in our region, for both local and migratory birds.

CWLL and a Team of volunteers, along with the Skillset Green Army Team have done a considerable amount of work at Gum Swamp near Forbes. This is an important refuge for birds in our region, for both local and migratory birds.

If you have some spare time on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings next week, we will be working to plant out the remainder of the area between 10am and 12pm each day. You will need rubber gloves and sturdy shoes, a hat and water. Gum boots won’t be necessary as the planting area is soft enough for planting but dry enough to walk on.

The water level at the Swamp has been reduced and will be refilled once we have completed our planting. Noogoora Burr seedlings will be making the most of the conditions soon, so we are keen to get in now and complete the work.

The Green Army Team spent days working in the site area to remove Noogoora Burr and also undertook follow up spraying work, but this will be an ongoing process over many years to address the problem.

Noogoora Burr can lose its seeds in autumn and winter, but some may stay on the plant until the following spring if they are undisturbed. The seeds germinate when the soil is moist heading into summer conditions, so along the bank at the present time is the perfect growing conditions for these seeds.

The good thing for us in this area is that the plant has one tap root and smaller lateral roots, so in these conditions, they are pretty easy to remove, but it is important that the seeds are taken off site and disposed.

It is hoped that these plantings will out-grow weeds along the bank area and provide habitat and protection for birds. This work is completed with funds for the Painted Snipe Project, sourced by the Central West Councils and Waterways Alliance through the National Landcare Programme.

If you would just like to head out to the swamp, but can’t work and would be happy to have company, you would be welcome. If you would like to join us, please contact me to confirm arrangements before heading out on 02 6862 4914.

For more information about anything in this article, please contact Central West Lachlan Landcare on 02 6862 4914, cwllpo@hotmail.com, facebook or our website at centralwestlachlanlandcare.org

Until next week, happy Landcaring!