Last weekend saw about 150 people roll up to the Capertee Valley, mattocks
in hand, to revegetate yet another plot of land for Regent Honeyeaters and
other woodland birds (a classic case of work being done specifically for
an endangered species that has strong flow on effects for other
vulnerable, and common, bird species).
The 3 500 trees and shrubs were all in the ground soon after lunch on
Saturday and watering in was completed mid morning on Sunday.
I caught up with a couple of birding-ausers, including some who until now
were merely names. It was great to see the diversity of people getting
out and really getting their hands dirty for a good cause. There were the
usual birdwatchers and members of various conservation groups working
alongside members from four wheel drive clubs and the Dual Sport
Motorcycle Riders Association, students from Colyton High School in
Sydney's west, volunteers from WWF, a GreenCorp group working on their own
time, and Capertee Valley locals working on someone else's property.
For those visiting the Capertee Valley this latest planting site is just
before Glen Davis on the roadside. You can't miss it! It will bring the
existing scree slope forest down to the road and link other sites planted
in 1996. As well as being very close to a known regularly used Regent
Honeyeater breeding site and adjacent areas known to be used generally it
will quickly be colonised by species such as Speckled Warblers and
heathwrens known to occur on the adjacent forest.
All in all, a great weekend was had by all while achieving something
really positive. For those interested the next planting will be on the
weekend of 10-11 August.
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo NSW 2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382
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