Join all the Groups in the Leura Falls Creek Catchment for a morning at the Vale Street Bushcare site in the upper part of the catchment, a critical place in the stormwater management system. There will be a range of options – weeding (both challenging and easy work along the creek) planting, mulching. An opportunity to inspect and support the recent contract work in that area. There will also be updates about our work in the Catchment. Includes morning tea.
If you are a current or prospective Blue Mountains Community Conservation Volunteer -Bushcare, Landcare, Bush Backyards members – you are invited to the 3rd and last of our essential training modules for the year: Weed Control Techniques and Working Safely.
This is a free half day interactive Bushcare Boosters training workshop presented by the very experienced, qualified Bushcare Boosters Trainer, Geoff Bakewell and hosted by BMCC Bushcare.
You will learn why we use different methods on different weeds, how to be most efficient, what the safety issues at Bushcare are and how help look after your fellow Bushcarers.
The workshop will cover:
• weed characteristics
• basic weed control techniques
• safe work practices and methodology
The content is of an introductory level and is most suitable for volunteers who have some practical experience in the field and who wish to participate in a short refresher course to develop a better understanding of environmental restoration techniques and safe work practices.
This training will better equip volunteer Bushcare Group Co-ordinators who do not already have formal qualifications in environmental restoration.
Morning tea is provided. Please RSVP and advise of any special dietary requirements to Monica by Friday 12 May.
What should you bring: notebook and camera, raincoat. Wear work clothes – long sleeves and pants, and dress for the weather. We will proceed regardless of weather as this workshop is largely classroom based.
Blue Mountains City Council is proud to host the annual THANK YOU Bushcare Picnic in the Megalong Valley. Bushcare, Landcare, Swampcare, Bush Backyards members – You are invited!
The picnic’s official start is with lunch at 12 noon followed by a guided walk to identify plants led by Margaret Baker at 12:50 pm and our annual Bushcare awards presentations at 1:50 pm.
Water bugs presentation by our Healthy Waterways team at 11:am.
Music, children’s activities, prizes, skulls & scats display, viewing of the South Lawson Park’s and the Bushcare Network’s new DVDs. BBQ and picnic food for all.
The community bus will be available for those who need transport.
RSVP and book for the bus by Monday 17 April – contact the Bushcare office on 4780 5623 or email email@example.com
The Minnehaha Bushcare Group would like to invite friends of Ruth Ley to join them to commemorate her by continuing her good work restoring Yosemite Creek.
Ruth was a founding member of the Minnehaha Bushcare group and was an active member for 25 years. She was also a founding member of the Katoomba Creek Bushcare group and also worked with the Brahma Kumaris, Leura Park and Upper Katoomba Creek groups for many years.
Ruth was obsessed with Bushcare, and one of her life missions was to rid the creeks of Montbretia. Come and join the group to continue this mission by weeding Montbretia on Saturday 1st April — her birthday. For those not so keen to work in the creek, there will also be an opportunity for planting. We’ll then finish up by enjoying morning tea (including date muffins, of course!)
You are more than welcome to join us just for morning tea if you are unable to weed or plant.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 24 March.
Spend some time exploring the headwaters of the Grose River. We will continuing on from previous work to stop the weed invasion further downstream and into the swamp. Be prepared for the possibility of creek wading. Morning tea and Lunch provided. Book with Vanessa on 4787 3112 or email@example.com by 6 March.
Govetts Leap Blackheath – Weeds are just a waterfall away! Come along and stop the weeds going over the edge at Govetts Leap and enjoy a special morning tea with a spectacular view. Book with Vanessa on (02) 47873112 or firstname.lastname@example.org,gov.au by Friday 24th February.
The Catchment group is ready to start another year of looking for solutions to problems affecting the quality of Jamison Creek!
Meet at 2:50pm in the foyer of Council’s administration building. An agenda will be sent out approximately one week prior.
Well, another year has passed and another begun since the last issue of Gecko and we have had some changes here at the Bushland Operations Team. Peter Chrismas has left us to pursue a career as a photographer and a recruitment process is underway to replace him as well as Jill Rattray who retired a little while ago.
In the rest of the Bushland operations Team we have welcomed Justine Vella as the new Bush Regeneration Team Leader. Justine replaces Andrew Rhodes who is now Bushland Management Officer while Matthew Rudge has been appointed Bush Regeneration Project Officer. Both Justine and Matt have a wealth of experience and we look forward to working with them and the other members of the Bushland Operations Team to ensure our reserves get the best possible care!
So, with lots of new energy in our teams we are looking forward to working again with you all to keep caring for the natural areas of the Blue Mountains.
– Monica, for the Bushcare Team.
Another very successful Bushcare Groups’ Gully Get-together was held on November 6 last year. Friends of Katoomba Falls Creek Valley Bushcare Group was joined by Upper Kedumba Bushcare Group; Garguree Swampcare Group and Prince Henry Cliff Walk Bushcare Group who all came together to help with a severe infestation of Ligustrum sinense (Small-leaf Privet).
The Get-together is intended to acknowledge and inspire the volunteers for their sustained efforts and highlight the importance of the Bushcare efforts in the catchment. Over 55 people participated (including staff and presenters) contributing a total of 165 hours weed control over an area of approximately 100m2. Many of those attending are new to Bushcare and the day offered a chance to learn new skills while making a valuable contribution to protecting the natural environment of The Gully.
The morning offered an opportunity for the Bushcare groups who regularly work in the Upper Kedumba Creek Catchment to come together to support each other, learn about the Aboriginal Cultural significance of The Gully and to connect with the community involved in caring for it.
Aunty Sharyn Halls welcomed us before we split into groups each aiming to complete a specific task – there were Privet loppers, Montbretia diggers, mobile hand weeders and tea dwellers.
After a solid work session, we reconvened for lunch and to hear talks from:
- David King—Aboriginal Cultural significance of The Gully;
- Ian Baird – Bushcare contributions over the past 25 years;
- Ian Brown – Pherosphaera fitzgeraldii (Dwarf Mountain Pine) Saving Our Species surveys;
- Eric Mahony – BMCC bush regeneration work plans;
- Michael Alexander (Prince Henry Cliff Walk Bushcare); Phil Nelson & David Rae (Upper Kedumba) presented snapshot highlights of their groups’ activities.
At the end of the morning, those present left with an increased understanding of the threatened plant species Pherosphaera fitzgeraldii on Katoomba Falls, the importance of looking after The Gully. Motivation is high and we’re all invigorated to continue our Bushcare efforts throughout the catchment to protect the quality of the water flowing over the falls and into the Kedumba River. Thanks to everyone, and for the generous support of the Blue Mountains Food Co-op, Sandy Holmes and the NSW OEH Saving Our Species program for supporting the day.
A misty and cold Saturday morning was brightened and warmed by local families at Popes Glen in Blackheath recently. It was an informal idea amongst friends about getting together to spend some time, while getting their kids together and giving them something great to do. Then everyone has a nice bit of morning tea and a chat while the kids run off some more of that energy!
And what better thing to do in the outdoors than pop down and meet a local Bushcare group?
Well, that is just what a group of friends in Blackheath did. A wonderful little army of youngsters and their equally wonderful families came down to help the Popes Glen volunteers plant out their third Small Bird Habitats.
These habitats are small, strategically placed areas which are then densely re-vegetated with a mixture of native shrubs and ground cover plants. As they grow and develop these plants will form very dense thickets, perfect for providing shelter, protection and food for many species of small native birds which are known to live in Popes Glen.
Surveys have shown us that these small birds are using several large piles of timber debris left on the site after the treatment and felling of several large Willow trees. This fantastic fact demonstrates the ability of a recovering Bushcare site to provide new habitat and resources for native creatures, where in the past those creatures have only seen their habitat diminish.
With the news that the small birds are moving in to Popes Glen for the new habitat came a potential problem. While these debris piles provide the perfect opportunity for small birds to move in, they are not going to last forever. The wood is steadily breaking down into humus. Not so good for birds, but perfect for plants.
And there was the answer to the problem. The Popes Glen volunteers decided to take advantage of the rich soil by planting shrubs which will grow to replace the structure of the piles as they break down. Then the birds which are depending on their pile of logs for their home can watch their new home grow around them, before their old houses fall down!
By morning tea time, Popes Glen had one hundred and forty new plants. They were all guarded, watered and ready to grow into a palace for small birds! There was a wonderful atmosphere of smiling and fun. Everybody had a contribution no matter how big or small! What a wonderful day at Bushcare!