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.
Help deal with weeds the students can’t manage, then Join Dr Adrian Davis from Sydney University as he leads a walk to demonstrate the habitat values of the bushland and talk about the Hollows as Homes project.
Tools and guidance is provided by Council’s Bushcare Officer. Please wear long sleeved work shirt and pants and strong covered shoes.
Afternoon tea supplied. RSVP to Monica by Monday 8 May. Numbers are strictly limited, so book in early!
If you can’t make the working bee but would still like to participate in the Hollows for Habitat citizen science program (More details about the program are at: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Hollows-as-Homes/Hollows-as-Homes
Learn about how tree hollows form, the role they play in supporting our wildlife and what wildlife that you’re likely to spot using them. You’ll learn how to take different tree and hollow measurements, why particular characteristics of trees and hollows are important to different animals and how to spot different animals using hollows.
The Blue Mountains Bushcare Network is a core group of dedicated Bushcare Group co-ordinators and volunteers. We meet quarterly to keep up to date with whats happening in the world of Bushcare, raise issues of concern, support each other and plan education and information sharing events.
We also collaborate with Council regarding plans for the Bushcare program as well as look for resolutions to environmental issues affecting Blue Mountains bushland reserves.
This meeting will be largely occupied with planning our next Bushcare Bioblitz Conference, scheduled for Saturday July 29. If you’re interested in being part of the Conference organising committee please contact the convenor of the Network, Paul Vale email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com by Monday 24 March.
Last year marked 20 years for this stalwart group of volunteers and they have successfully confronted just about every issue a Bushcare group can face – not just weeds but serious erosion and the ongoing impacts of urban development. To celebrate this achievement the film Blue Mountains Bushcare: South Lawson Park has been produced by Peter Ardill and Vera Hong. Directed by Vera Hong (Seconds Minutes Hours Productions) the film examines bushland values, the ongoing threats that urban bushland faces and how the bushcare group has managed these challenges. The film contains some beautifully filmed scenes of the Lawson Creek catchment and is available for viewing at https://vimeo.com/verahong/south-lawson-bushcare Thanks to Greater Sydney Local Land Services, the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Blue Mountains City Council for project support and funding.
The South Lawson Group first started in mid-1995 with the then only Blue Mountains City Council Bushcare officer, Virginia Bear. Our aim was to regenerate and maintain the health of the upper catchment of Lawson Creek, which flows into Bedford Creek and the Nepean River.
The early years were spent mostly at the top of the Waratah St/Honour Ave section of the reserve (see map below) where Japanese honeysuckle, Privet, Montbretia, Blackberry and Broom were major invasive weeds. Some seed collecting, planting and track work were done, the latter with help from TAFE students under the guidance of a Bushcare Officer/TAFE teacher.
We expanded our weeding to the creekline and over the years to the surrounds of the BMX track and soccer field. In more recent times we have been extending the riparian buffer zone along the creek and swamp of the former golf course area by planting and allowing the bush to regenerate naturally. Some of us are also actively involved in Streamwatch and this process has been both informative and complementary for our Bushcare work.
The main vegetation communities along the creek are Eucalyptus woodland, Blue Mountains Swamp and a riparian strip of assorted native plant species, including rainforest species. The threatened species Persoonia acerosa and the endemic species Acacia ptychoclada are also present.
Our group is very committed and we are fortunate to have a few bush regeneration practitioners amongst us. Our website is also worth a look at: http://southlawsonpark.bushcarebluemountains.org.au It has some interesting photos and excellent educational material.
Dear Bushcare, Swampcare, Landcare and others interested in caring for our bushland. This issue of Gecko is being prepared in the midst of incredibly wet days so it is only fitting that it be full of swamp-related news! We’re celebrating ten years of Swampcare this year, and so a big thank you to Lyndal for the articles and for the immense amount she has contributed to developing our Swampcare volunteer program. Lyndal’s passion, skills and experience are a large reason for the success of the volunteer program and her ongoing commitment to making sure the Blue Mountains Swamps get the protection they so rightly deserve is to be congratulated.
Also to be congratulated are our BMCC Senior Citizen award winners— Erst Carmichael, Paul Vale, Roger Walker and Rae Druitt. Those of you who know them will not be surprised that they have been recognised in this year’s Senior Citizens Awards, and those who don’t can find out more inside.
And while we’re on the subject of awards, this year’s Bushcare awards will be announced at our annual “Thank You Bushcare” picnic in the Megalong Valley on Saturday 29 April. The bus will be available for those requiring transport, there’ll be food, good company, congratulations and for the first time this year we are adding on a Biodiversity Camp and Survey. I hope to catch up with you there, or at Bushcare!
– Monica, for the Bushcare Team
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 March.