Sunday, July 15, 2007

A fantastic community effort

On Saturday 14th July twenty four adults and three children put in a fantastic morning's work at the Bryan Way foredune, Envirofund project site. We planted 500 local native seedlings and carried water, bucketed out of wheelie bins, up and down the steep dune. The sun shone and it was a glorious, still July morning.

Angela, Hannes, Maika and Linea ( pictured) are visiting from Germany and were happy to lend a hand on the beautiful winter morning. William, a Hale student (also pictured) gave up his Saturday morning to assist the work of Cottesloe Coastcare, for his voluntary community commitment as part of his studies.
'Daisies Deli' on Grant Street Cottesloe, donated our morning tea of the most delicious freshly baked muffins. A big thanks to Ken at Daisies and to everyone else who worked so hard to make the working bee such a success.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Expert planting by Year 4's.

Today, Wednesday 4th July, Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers had the help of Cottesloe Primary Year 4's, teachers and some enthusiastic parents to plant local seedlings at the Bryan Way foredune Envirofund project site.

Kate Sputore, The North Metro Coastcare Officer with students.

When we started work at 8.45am there was some rain and it was chilly and windy but you can see from the photos that everyone was eager to get to work and about 300 local native seedlings were expertly planted and watered in.

The students had an earlier session with Coastcare ( click here to see our earlier posting) when we all learnt about how some local plants have adapted to living in the harsh sand dune environment. Today we were all very impressed to hear that many of the children remembered information from their earlier lesson.

Year 4 students at work

One of the local residents of the foredune, which we dug up ( and carefully returned to its sandy home), is this lizard pictured, a West coast line-spotted lerista.

The lizard is an accomplished sand swimmer and many of the small snake-like tracks we see on the beach and dunes are caused by this lizard moving beneath the surface.

A big thankyou to teachers and parents for an excellent coastcaring morning and special thanks to Year 4 teacher, Mrs Marion Ewing.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Angels in the Dunes?

The heavens must have thought that angels were coming to help us plant - instead of the rain and wind that was forecast for Wednesday morning the 27th June, we had sunshine and blue skies! We were so lucky - just as we had finished planting the seedlings, the clouds burst and it rained beautifully to give them a good start for their growth. Was it because the 52 lovely students from St Mary's had a special connection to the weather god?!

Here is half of the group listening attentively to the demonstration on how to plant our precious seedlings:Meanwhile, the other half of the girls was walking along the beach, collecting rubbish and learning about marine life with our Coastcare Officer. Then they swapped. Both groups split into three- and foursomes with CCA volunteers and planted six different species of 200 Cottesloe coastal natives into prepared holes on our new Bryan Way foredune project.

For the girls it was a positive, hands-on experience of doing something pleasurable and practical, tangible and useful for the environment, and we appreciated their enthusiasm and obvious interest. Maybe they'll visit Cottesloe in a couple of years' time and see with joy how well their plants have grown and how much more interesting the dunes look with the weeds replaced by a wonderful display of local biodiversity.

(Photo taken by Sue Freeth)