December Bushcare – Going Walkabout

For the last work session of the year, Monica led the group on a walk-around of the reserve.

The team noted some interesting plants, as well as a glimpse of a fast-moving swamp wallaby.

One of the issues seen was a drainage problem by the highway, with storm overflows having an obvious impact on the landscape. On the other hand, the dam was full and many of the deanei plantings were healthy.

The team capped off a great year with a generous Christmas lunch.

Colour in Deanei Forest:  Hyacinth Orchid (Dipodium roseum)
Rasp Fern (Doodia aspera)
A walk in the forest…                                                            …followed by a Christmas feast.

December – Surveying the Deanei

On 4 December Richard and John walked through the Deanei Reserve to identify any issues that might need council assistance, such as dumped rubbish, drainage problems, old signage, and weed invasion.

On a positive note, recent rains saw the dam holding a good amount of water, in contrast to being completely dry a few months ago. Also, many of the Deanei plantings were looking healthy and well established.

Richard passes the “historic roadway”.

The dam holds much more water after recent rains.

One of the new plantings looking healthy and wallaby-proof.

November bushcare – Bags of Trad

It was back to the Lawson Rd area to continue the campaign against the horrid Trad.  Many bags were filled, and up to six Brown Cuckoo-Doves arrived to give us their support.

Richard starts collecting the bags of Trad

Brown Cuckoo-Dove keeps an eye on the volunteers

October bushcare – back to the Trad

This month the team focused on Trad near the Lawson Rd entrance, following on from our previous good work in the same area.  

Heads down, hard at work

Mike enthusiastically employed his grid technique to ensure that no Trad escaped.

Framed by the grid

Unfortunately, Monica also noticed the presence of Turkey Rhubarb ,which we’ll have to keep an eye on in future sessions.

Newly discovered Turkey Rhubarb

 

September bushcare – Trad attack

A good turn-out of eight people successfully removed the trad near the Eucalypt Rd entrance. Welcome to new member Wendy, who gathered an impressive collection of trad.

The team fills up bags with trad 

The forest continued to show the effects of lack of rain. The pond along the water line was dried up, but the two deanei planted nearby looked healthy. Likewise, most of the tree plantings near the south side are doing well and appreciated the containers of water provided by Mike.

The dried up pond; compare this with photos taken in earlier months 

A feather found near bush rat tracks…. perhaps from a powerful owl (being confirmed)

Water for the E. deanei

After seeing the parched state of the forest during the August bushcare session, Mike, Richard and John met up to provide water to the deanei plantings on the south side. These trees were actually doing quite well and most looked healthy.

 

A quick tour of the area also noted much evidence of diggings and “highways” in the grassy banks, perhaps from bush rats and antechinus (to be confirmed).

August Bushcare

The dry state of the forest was very obvious this month, with many of the younger deanei plantings suffering near the Eucalypt Rd entrance.

The bushcare group focused on trad removal and happily filled up several bags.

 

July Bushcare – return to the gully

The E. deanei planted in June were showing evidence of being nibbled, probably by the resident swamp wallaby.

The wire defences around the trees were strengthened to prevent further munching and to give them the best chance to establish themselves.

We also did weeding along the gully slope, with Morning Glory and Mickey Mouse among the main types cleared.

June Bushcare – planting E. deanei

A couple of larger E. deanei seedlings were planted by the pool in the western gully.

This view from the planting site shows the “embankment” wall.

Thanks to Glen for nurturing the young trees to planting stage. Hopefully they’ll grow to be as big as this nearby beauty

An examination of the dry upper pool showed evidence of digging and tunneling from local creatures.

With some interesting burrowing among the boulders.