Saturday, May 29, 2010

A week of willing workers.

We had a full planting week from Monday 24th May to Friday 28th May.
The Mudurup Rocks environmental restoration project is a joint project between Cottesloe Coastcare, Town of Cottesloe and Synergy/Landcare.

CCA volunteers agreed to undertake most of the labour (with assistance from Town of Cottesloe) but the fencing, erection of a limestone retaining wall and payment to the nurseries for all the plants was generously provided by Synergy/Landcare. Synergy staff worked with us in a weeding session a few months back and will join us in a planting day in mid-June.

This week a small team from Conservation Volunteers Australia joined us. Funding was provided to CVA from the project but the volunteers with CVA are not paid - they are just like Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers in that they are keen to give some time to assist local community environmental groups.

Ji- Sun( pictured here) was especially thrilled to watch two dolphins swimming close to the surfers at Cove.

CCA is extremely grateful to the wonderful gang from CVA and their co-ordinator, Steven, for the excellent planting all week. Some days were as pictured, bright and sunny but Thursday was wet and cold and windy yet the team pushed on a did a great job despite the conditions.

Planting at such a site as this one is not easy, the holes need to be quite big to help protect the plants from the strong salty winds and try to provide a bowl like depression for rain to catch in. The soils are severely water repellant so wetting agents need to be used. Rabbit control is on- going but because of the limitations on the type of rabbit control necessary in a built up urban environment unfortunately there are many rabbits still at large. This means we have to put plant guards on every plant which is a very time consuming business indeed!

Ignacio (Nacho) is a visitor from Spain. When our Chairman Mike met Nacho he asked him what he was going to do during his three months in WA - Nacho said he wanted to do some voluntary community work! The very next day Mike and Nacho were both digging Mike's famous deep holes for planting. And Nacho worked hard all week - many thanks, it was great to have you with us!

At the end of the week we calculated that 2375 seedlings had been put in the ground - a fantastic number - now only 3625 to go!!
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quintilian Junior Coastcarers

Today Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers had the enthusiastic assistance of the Year 2 students from the Quintilian School, Mount Claremont, with teacher Tania Sims plus a bunch of lovely parents.

We planted about 200 local native plants at Mudurup Rocks, an area just to the south of the Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club.

The plants were paid for by Synergy/Landcare as part of Cottesloe Coastcare's Mudurup Rocks environmental restoration project.

We planted spinifex, knotted club rush, coastal daisy, fan flower, snake vine, and cotton heads. All these plants would once have grown on the site before rabbits and people destroyed the local vegetation.

We all hope that in a few years time local insects, lizards and butterflies will all be living among our plants and that birds will be much more numerous.

The children learn about biodiversity at school, today they worked hard to create a space where our local biodiversity will thrive - where local native plants and animals will replace a wasteland which was previously an unattractive eroded and weedy area.

At the end the session you can see all the plant guards which we erected around the small seedlings. These plastic guards will protect the plants from people and dogs and rabbits. When the plants are growing well the guards will be removed.

Some of the children are such enthusiastic workers that they may be able to encourage their parents to bring them to the site, to help again during our next 'Sunday session' on the morning of Sunday 6th June - see our website for all the details. (click on photos to enlarge)
Thanks again to everyone involved in a great morning's work!
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Planting has started for 2010

As you can see in the photo above we have started our 2010 plantings of local provenance greenstock.
From L to R - James, Keith, Frauke, Kate, Elva, Mike, Sue and Greg made up the great team of planters on Friday 14th May. This site was previously dominated by Victorian teatree, a troublesome woody weed which spreads rapidly and replaces a range of local plants. We planted low growing salt bushes, sedges, spinifex and low wattles, interspersed with native wisteria. We hope that it will be a beautiful and biodiverse beachside spot in a few years, providing insect, butterfly, bobtail and bird habitat close to Cottesloe's main beach.
We now have planted about 500 seedlings - only 7, 500 to go, so we need some help!Please refer to our website for planting dates.We would love to have your help one day!
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