Thursday, February 24, 2011

Trinity triumphs - again!

Earlier this week CCA volunteers were very pleased that a team from UWA's Trinity Residential College gave us a hand. Tiny seedlings planted at Vlamingh 8 months ago are growing well despite this long hot and very dry summer. It has made a big difference that we have had good weed control at the site plus the fact that the seedlings have now received 4 good drinks since they were planted.

As you can see in the bottom photo, a weedy seadragon (photo) came to the working bee! The students showed interest in our campaign to have the endemic and fragile weedy seadragon protected in WA. Thanks to several students who have become facebook 'weedy fans'!!

Aaron Walker, the Senior Resident Advisor from Trinity Residential College sent this post for our blog:
"On Tuesday the 22nd of February around 20 residents from Trinity Residential College volunteered down at the Cottesloe beach front to assist in Coastcare's dune rehabilitation program. As part of our Community and Environment program, we took down some of our new residents, Resident Advisors and members of the Trinity Residents' Club to help volunteer during our O-Week activities. All those who attended agreed it was a rewarding experience."

Many thanks to you all and good wishes for a great study year.
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Monday, February 07, 2011

Sunday sessions

Cottesloe Coastcare's ' Sunday sessions' are working well. The working bees are held on the first Sunday morning in the month from 9am to 11am. Frauke has been a keen organiser of these sessions - a big thank you to Frauke and to Keith.

In this photo you might think that Lindsay is pretending to be a tree to keep the sun off Marion? In fact Lindsay is laying some brush material in eroding sections at Grant Marine Park. Unfortunately some people insist on walking into the restoration area, creating new tracks and destroying plants in the process. We attempt to close off most of these tracks to allow nature to recover.
Marion is burying (female) long leaved spinifex heads in a hope that they will germinate in these sandy exposed patches. Now we will wait for some rain and hope some of the seed germinates and the spinifex plants flourish.

Frauke and Keith are filling buckets for the rest of the team. We water small seedlings that are struggling through a hot and very dry summer. Mostly it is during their first summer when seedlings need some extra water.If they can survive that first summer they usually have developed a sufficient root system to be on their own after year one.

Corinne is giving special attention to some small plants - hopefully she took some time to enjoy the view too. A little different to Corinne's native land, England. Corinne is keen to do some snorkelling off our beautiful Cottesloe Reef -she will be especially on the look out for our precious weedy seadragons. Good luck Corinne!

Megan very kindly baked the best ever home made biscuits for morning tea - thanks Megan! Here you can see the hard working team enjoying a well earned rest at the end of another successful Sunday session.

Thanks to everyone involved.

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