A successful tree planting in the Capertee Valley

Subject: A successful tree planting in the Capertee Valley
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 12:01:07 +1000
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.


David Geering
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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