The site is now a reserve and since fencing has excluded the majority of vehicles the area is slowly recovering. The Green army team got stuck into helping with the vegetation monitoring with the guidance of scientist and saltmarsh expert, Jock Mackenzie (Mangrove Watch) and pictured in the centre of the image above along with Cheryl Bolzenius from WetlandCare Australia. Apart from monitoring the health and cover of saltmarsh vegetation the team also got involved with the gastropod snail monitoring program.
Tracking the abundance, location and health of gastropods is another way of monitoring the ecological health of the system. Scientists often use invertebrate species to track the health and recovery of habitats and in saltmarsh areas they have often used gastropods in monitoring programs.
So after a morning of setting up transects and grids for digital recording the Green Army team got on the ground (literally on their hands and knees) to mine for gastropods. They sampled the different saltmarsh vegetation areas for gastropods in order to identify and record their numbers so scientists can interpret the data and gain a better understanding of how the precious saltmarsh habitat is recovering.