May Bushcare – the planting begins

An enthusiastic team got stuck into planting young Deanei trees on the south side of the reserve. Grown and nurtured by Mike at home, the trees were given the best chance of survival, with deep holes, wallaby guards, and water.

A fantastic effort and a great morning’s work by all involved, with a special welcome to Bree and Amy for their first session.

Trees are unloaded, now it’s time to take them into their new home in the reserve
Going down memory lane – 25 years of bush care – at morning tea

April Bushcare – Old Trad, New Faces

Work continued apace on trad removal at the usual Lawson Rd area. 

It was also great to meet Dave, a new contractor, who shared some of his knowledge on weed removal and bush regeneration. 

And to cap it off, the group also met Bree (and her dog) walking through the reserve, a new resident who expressed interest in caring for the Deanei Reserve. 

Admiring the seeds fallen from the Deanei far above

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).