Locals learn about creating the right habitat for native species
Dr Shaun Molloy, Project Manager, from Bunbury ECU Campus opened the Workshop by highlighting the history of the Dongolocking project and why it is important to re visit the site after 15 years and assess the effectiveness of the revegetation /corridors land management actions and the establishment of ecological linkages projects in the Southern Wheatbelt. The region has unique fauna and hence the focus on the Dongolocking Catchment. Overall this project will build the capacity of the regional community in monitoring and reporting and deliver information for interpreting the findings of wildlife management projects.
Dr Blair Parsons, Director of Conservation WA/NT travelled from Perth to deliver his address and this was well received by those in the room. Dr Parsons gave an introduction to our Great Southern Landscapes and indicated by 2030 Greening Australia aims to reinstate 200,000 ha of new permanently protected forests, woodlands and wetlands (20M plants) to increase habitat for Australia’s threatened fauna species. Greening Australia will deliver this through a process of Conservation Action Planning and engaging the Community. They also provide a fully planned delivery service including Revegetation Planning and Implementation which adopts widespread direct seeding to achieve sustainable farming outcomes. For further information
Dr Blair Parsons can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR CALTROP – a fast growing summer weed!
Caltrop is a weed with a bad reputation of growing in all soil types, but prefers the lighter sandier soils, has the tendency to establish very quickly in all landscape conditions and has the ability to disperse hundreds of spikey seeds which increase plant numbers the following season. It is a ground creeper with small leaves, has yellow flowers and spikey seed pods on the underside. This can be controlled in confined areas and gardens by grubbing it at an early growth stage and dispersing of it in a sealed bag or burying it after it has been dried or spray it with a common commercial spray. If you have spotted this weed and you are in a position to eradicate it please take action before it sets seed. If you see it growing in a public area please report it to the Shire or the Landcare Office. Please call Claudia at the Landcare Office on 9863 4225 or email email@example.com if you require more information.
Silverleaf Nightsahde – a declared weed in the Shire!
This weed is a native of America and was first reported in Australia in 1901.
This fast growing, fast spreading weed propagates by seed and root fragments.
A dual action approach is most effective in controlling this weed. An early summer control action to target seed set and to exhaust the food reserves in the roots in new season stems before they flower and thereby stopping carbohydrate return to the roots. The second control needs to be in late summer or autumn to specifically target the eye buds on the roots.
This weed is growing on farms and shire roadsides and farm spray trials were recently conducted to refine the management and control of this weed.
As a result of these trials an information brochure has been produced “Tips and Tactics” Refining Silverleaf Nightshade Best Management Strategies. If you require a copy or wish to report this summer growing weed please contact the Landcare Office on 98634 225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridal Creeper Survey
WWLZ and its partners are conducting a public survey on Bridal Creeper, and would appreciate you taking a few minutes to answer a few simple questions.
If you live in Katanning, Kojonup, Kent, Wagin, Woodanilling, Dumbleyung, West Arthur or Narrogin, please complete this survey.
This will help us gauge the effectiveness of our Bridal Creeper program over the last several years.
The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KKSLBDN
Thank you so much for your assistance - it will greatly assist us with our project!
This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program, supported by Royalties for Regions.