The first weekend in October brought footy finals, weeding and some entertainment by the local birdlife for members of the Hays Inlet Bush Care group. Led by Alix Volling, the team tackled some of the weeds which are again taking over the banks of the channel at the opening of the site. Phragmites reed is proving difficult to control, especially since the warmer weather has seen increased plant growth.
The work and planting around the area has also been affected by a number of weed species which take advantage of the open and disturbed soil. However, there is also good news in areas where the planted trees have developed some height they have effectively shaded out the majority of noxious weeds. Members of the group were also pleased to see the health of the large replanting area, with a significant number of plants thriving in the area. This is why the work of both the bushcare group and the Green Army team is so important for the long term health of the area. Controlling weeds is a tough assignment, but given enough time and help, endemic plants can stabilise and provide habitat for local wildlife.
The morning also provided some entertainment for the team with first a pair of Dollarbirds putting on a flying display in one of the tall eucalypts. Once the weeding got started a pair of Pheasant Coucals put on a vocal show from the Melaleuca close to the entrance to the site. These large birds stay mainly hidden in the thick foliage, flapping and gliding from tree to tree and calling out to each other in a loud and unmistakable “ooping” song. With over a 100 species of birds identified the work of the green army team and the bushcare group is really important for maintaining the biodiversity within the Hays Inlet surrounds.
The Hays Inlet Bush Care sessions run for two hours but as we have seen, each session can make a big difference to the area. If you want to take part just go the REF website and find out when the next session is due. You will enjoy making a difference to our environment and if you look around you will be entertained by some of the outstanding wildlife.
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