Friday, August 13, 2010

A day off!

After our big planting effort for 2010 some Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers with fellow Coastcarer friends -Rae and Walter from Stirling Coastcare, all decided to have a bush walk at Bold Park in the sunshine.

For those who may not know, Bold Park was established as a "place for the people" in 1936 and was named after William E. Bold who was Town Clerk of Perth from 1900 to 1944. The park was declared an A Class Reserve in 1998 and is now managed by the Botanic Garden and Parks Authority.

The total area is 437 hectares and there are over 1000 plant species present (300 of these are native).
There is also an abundance of wildlife with a big number of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The excellent bird leaflet published by Birds Australia and BGPA states that Bold Park is an important refuge for over 80 species of birds. Many are resident all year but others are migratory or "sometime visitors".

We took the clearly marked, 5km Zamia Trail on Monday 9th August and as you can see in the photos the native wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana) was flowering beautifully, wreathing a Firewood banksia (Banksia menziesii) in the photo above; and in the photo opposite, (with a glimpse of the Indian Ocean behind) the native wisteria is growing over a coastal daisy bush (Olearia axillaris).

Several wattle species had started to flower. In this photo the walkers are admiring the bright sunshine yellow of a dune wattle (Acacia lasiocarpa) or dune moses (Acacia pulchella) - I can't remember which species this particular plant was!

No Cottesloe Coastcare activity is complete without a cuppa so we gathered on the top of Reabold Hill for our tea and cake. The short boardwalk with its excellent interpretive signage and wonderful views is well worth the visit if you have not discovered this beautiful spot yet!

It was also a farewell to Nacho (second left) as he is returning to Spain after 3 months in Perth with his partner. He has given us much of his time and has been an important member of our winter planting team.
Adiós y gracias Nacho.
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Planting completed for 2010

 We are a bit tired but it is a great feeling to know that 6,500 local provenance seedlings were carefully planted by volunteers over the past three months.

The top photo from 23rd July is taken at our 'Caring for our Country' project site near Vlamingh memorial. You can see Abe Morgan, our very enthusiastic youngest Coastcarer, as he was very neatly packing up all the empty pots. He told me that he was "allowed to get dirty" and he liked planting. I am sure we will have Abe's help again soon!

Almost every plant had to be protected with a plant guard so this increased the effort involved. Another job at planting time is we always water the plants. We find our survival rates are much increased by doing this, but of course it all adds enormously to the work load!

Each plant hole receives one third a bucket of water then after the plant is installed in the hole we water in with another third bucket of water. All together this means we have lugged about 4,500 buckets of water from tap or wheelie bin or hose... no wonder we all need a good rest! 


The second photo (opposite) from Sunday 1st August is of the hard working gang having a cup of tea after a great morning's work. On that day we finished off the planting at our Synergy funded project at Mudurup Rocks site. Special thanks to three students - Tyneal, Kelsey and Leanda who contributed a great morning's work. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

The photo opposite, from 6th August was taken at 'smoko time' again. The working bee was held at Grant Marine Park, our final planting session here. We needed to do a little infill planting on the verge and on the back area which was converted from lawn to local plants last year.

Grant Marine park is unfortunately suffering from damage from children and dogs running through the natural areas and many plants have been destroyed.

The final photo is of yet another tea break! - this time taken at our final planting session for this year at Cottesloe Native Garden. Town of Cottesloe has removed some of the invasive Victorian teatree at the site and we have been able to return some of the local sedges, grevilleas, local lechenaultia and some other local species that only grow (in Cottesloe) at this one area of special limestone ridge vegetation.

We started planting during the first week in May and finished in the first week of August. During that time 55 students with their parents and teachers, 48 CCA volunteers and 100 corporate volunteers gave a total of 809 hours of voluntary labour to the natural areas of Cottesloe!

 It's been a fantastic team effort and everyone deserves a big thank you. 

Once we all recover then it will be time to start our Spring job of hand weeding!

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