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.
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.
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)
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).