In 2014, we assisted Kaarakin Conservation Centre in planting 38 hectares of the Banyowla Regional Park with native species known to be essential to the feeding, breeding, and roosting cycles of three endangered cockatoo species. We might be experts in biodiverse plantings, but we are not orinthologists, so we met with Sam Clarke, Animal Management & Education Officer, to discuss all things cockatoos.
I now realise what it means to travel to a remote community. Reaching Tjuntjuntjara from Perth is a 7 hour trip to Kalgoorlie, and from there, there’s just a dirt road and 10 hours of brain-rattling driving. Hours can pass on the road without seeing anyone. The roadhouse is the side of the road, where you build a fire, get your billy out to make a cuppa, and find a bush for other needs! We transported volunteers, equipment, and even the trees out to the community. A huge thank you to the WA Water Corporation, who sponsored this part of the trip.
In a beautiful piece of synchronicity, work will begin on our Nimbin, NSW planting project during September – National Biodiversity Month! The Nimbin project is located in a medium to high value koala habitat area and will link up a wildlife corridor that extends through to Nightcap National Park. Koalas have been seen on the project property, both in the trees and on the ground, as well as on neighbouring properties. There’s also an abundance of wallabies who have recently been spotted frolicking in the spring clover!
In 2010, we planted 160 hectares of native, salt-tolerant species at the Badgebup site. Due to lack of rainfall and extreme soil types, seedling survival from the initial planting was poor, and much of the site was replanted in 2011. Thanks to favourable weather conditions and the selection of more salt-tolerant species, the replant was a success, and in 2017 we planted an additional 80 hectares. The aim of this planting is to assist drainage and mitigate further damage to the salt-affected landscape. It was clear that in some areas of the 2017 planting had been very successful, and some thinning may be needed in the future.
June marks the start of another planting season. On some project sites planting has already begun and will continue on throughout July. Since last years plantings we’ve been busy checking in with current projects and starting up new, exciting ones too. To keep you up to date with where your donations and our work has progressed, below highlights our newest field updates and what’s to come.
In partnership with Threshold Environmental, and with support from the Small Farms grant and your generous donations, we have recently completed our planting at Cranbrook and Tenterden. Favourable winter rainfall has led to an initial survival and germination that indicate the 2020 project areas are on track for successful establishment.
Our projects provide a unique opportunity to revive our rural landscapes, recreating natural habitats, and protecting the unique biodiversity of our native species, whilst also sequestering carbon. The Avon river catchment contains many of Western Australia’s threatened plants and birds. The area supports plants such as Grevilleas, Hakeas, Eucalypts, and Acacia.