Thursday, October 04, 2007

The good news and the bad news

On Wednesday 3rd October fifteen hard working Cottesloe Coastcarers met at Vlamingh Memorial in South Cottesloe, to remove plant guards before summer and to do some hand weeding.
Armed with our tools and a plan of "what weeds to attack and how to attack them", we put in a good morning's work. Rose Pelargonium (Pelargonium capitatum) and Sea Spinach ( Tetragonia decumbens) are both weeds which displace and smother local plants. These are species we have targetted with a zero tolerance approach.
We had such a good working session and we know that our hard work is beneficial to the health of our local environment. A big thanks to everyone!
( picture of Sally re-cycling plant guards)
Our youngest helper yesterday, Jago, ( pictured with his dad, Stuart), is growing up in a home where he will learn about the vital importance of local biodiversity and this will become part of his everyday thinking. Sadly there are still so many adults who treat our natural areas with disdain.

Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the mass of weeds engulfing the natural bush areas. But we get really upset when local people dump garden rubbish in the dunes. We are also exasperated when garden plants spread, by seed from gardens into adjacent natural areas.We need 'people watch' as well as 'weed watch'! Please report any weed dumping which you observe to your local government authority.

Examples of troublesome weeds which we target along the sand dunes that have escaped from local gardens are Gazanias (Gazania linearis), Sweet Allysum (Lobularia maritima), Lupins (Lupinus cosentinii) and white garden (Michaelmas) Daisy. Photo in the centre is of gazanias and the photo on the right is of garden daisies, in local bushland.

An excellent little book the 'Bringing back the Bush', written in 1988 by Joan Bradley, is an inspiration to us. If anyone is interested in purchasing this book: it is available at the Wildflower Society, at Aspects in Kings Park and can be ordered through CSIRO.
There's a summary of Joan Bradley's approach at:

After we finished our weeding session yesterday I went for a walk along the dual use path. I was horrified to see that someone had, once again, dumped fresh garden waste, full of weed seeds, into the tea trees next to the sand dunes. 500m further along the path I noticed that someone had, yet again, dumped lawn clippings - full of kikuyu seed - , among the native vegetation at Mudurup Rocks. Lawn grass is one of the worst weeds displacing the natural vegetation at this precious site. Mudurup Rocks is particularly important as it is the only place in Cottesloe where several local plant species still survive. Coastcare volunteers collect seed every year from these plants so that we can reintroduce these species to eroded and degraded nearby dunes. Mudurup is already under severe threat from weeds.

For further information on weeds go to:

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Annual Bush to Beach Walk 2007

On Sunday 30th September approximately 30 people, many of whom are members of local environmental groups, met at Swanbourne beach to take a guided bush walk to the River. To see a full account of our lovely day see Dani Boase-Jelinek's blog account with photos. click here to go to Dani's blog.

Pictures I took yesterday at Allen Park in Swanbourne - (L) Old Man's Beard (Clematis linearifolia), (Centre) Feather Spear Grass (Austrostipa elegantissima), (R) Coastal Honeymyrtle (Melaleuca systena).

A big thanks to Dani (Friends of Shenton Bushland), Soozie (Friends of Lake Claremont) and Lesley (Friends of Allen Park) for their brilliant organisation of the event, again. Thanks also to Western Endeavour Rotary for their excellent catering for our lunch.