The Wesley Street Community Planting Day on the weekend surpassed expectations with 220 tubestock dug in and watered by local volunteers. All plantings were riparian creekline species for sandstone gullies.
The site is critical to the success of the Upper Mullet Creek Biodiversity Restoration project to eradicate weeds, protect biodiversity and improve this vital wildlife corridor in the heart of Pittwater. Previously a haven for noxious environmental weeds, this riparian zone has been undergoing a transformation by bush regeneration contractors. Now the PEF is turning to the community to continue the bushcare. A call for more volunteers, particularly in the Wesley Street area, will be made over the next month with the first of a regular bushcare group meeting planned for early spring.
The species list was as follows: Leptospermum trinervium, Leptospermum polygalifolium, Leptospermum Squarrosum, Leptospermum Attentuatum, Kunzea ambigua, Callicoma serratifolia, Eucalyptus piperita, Podocarpus spinulosus, Hakea teretifolia, Dianellea cearulea, Gahnia clarkeii, Tristania laurina, Viminaria juncea, Aotus ericoides, Banksia marginata, Banksia ericifolia
Managed by the Pittwater Environmental Foundation in association with Pittwater Council, this is third year of a six year project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust by a $250,000 grant.
Wesley St Community Planting Day
A Native Bee Workshop was held at the Coastal Environment Centre on Saturday March 1 under the guidance of bee expert Tim Heard.
40 people attended with many more on the waiting list. Attendees were introduced to the genealogy and history of native stingless bees, the life cycle and structure of the hive. In the afternoon they participated in a live demonstration of hive splitting and collecting of honey.
Given the interest shown by locals a second workshop is planned for Sunday October 12. In order to accommodate the expected numbers the course will be run as two half day courses.
In the meantime hives of native stingless bees are available from Ku-ring-gai Council T:9424 0000 or alternatively contact Wild Things by email firstname.lastname@example.org or online www.wildthings.org.au
Image: James Niland
This is one of two lyrebirds spotted on the track to the Irrawong waterfall recently by Kevin and Glenys Murray.
“They seemed oblivious to our presence scratching the leaf litter right beside the boardwalk’, said Kevin. PEF called in the Pittwater Natural Heritage Association experts for further information.
Birder Graeme Stevens thinks they are probably a mother and a juvenile given the lack of a splendid tail. The pair were also seen by Monique Kaha on her way to the Irrawong Bushcare afternoon last Saturday.
This is an exciting development, said PEF Director Marita Macrae, as we are just ending the second year of our six year bush regeneration plan for this area.
17 staff members from Mater Maria staff spent a Tuesday morning bird watching, weeding and planting native tubestock on the Ingleside escarpment of Upper Mullet Creek. The event was the brainchild of the Mater Maria Principal.