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By the Community  -  For the Community

July 2019  Newsletter. Issue 142


Inside
the Landcare SJ Office 

Bringing Nature Back 

10th of July 2019
We've been a tad busy over the past few weeks, preparing a jam-packed information night on how to bring nature back to your neighbourhood, just in time for when most people are planting their verges with their native seedlings. 



Upcoming Events

Save the Date 

28 of July, 2019

Landcare SJ, in conjunction with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale will be holding a National Tree Day event at the Peel Metropolitan Horse & Pony Club grounds in Oldbury.

Thank all of our fantastic sponsors for this year's event, Bendigo Bank ByfordPeel-Harvey Catchment Council with funding from the Australian Government through the National Landcare Program and Maddington Toyota.

Annual Rye Grass Toxicity 

Info Session     10th of July  

This is a free event. So please RSVP by contacting us though 
info@landcaresj.com.au

FREE Verge Plants!

Round 1 closes the 30th of July  

Round 1 of 2019 Free verge plants application opened the 15th of June and closes the 30th of July.
This is an opportunity for the residents of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale only. 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN 

Please click here to apply



Landcare SJ News 

Lowlands Bushalnd 

We had a fantastic early start to a morning in June, with our army of volunteers!

Landcare SJ, along with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions planted 500 sedges (lepidosperma sp), as well as constructed fences around the planted sites to protect the seedlings from Kangaroos throughout Lowlands Bushland along the Serpentine River.

Thank you to everyone who helped out today! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Keysbrook Leucoxene Pty Ltd (KLPL)
planting 

Throughout the last week of June, Landcare SJ planted over 50,000 seedlings on an KLPL offset in Keysbrook. This work is part of a longterm project of rehabilitating this patch of farmland to what it once was. Building on top conservation work at the site over the past few years, including the placement of  Cockatubes. 

Mundijong South railway reserve 

Towards the end of June, we battled the persistent rain and successfully planted  2000 Melaleuca seedlings along the Mundijong South Rail, that had thickets of introduced Victorian Tea tree (Leptospermum laevigatum). Once the Victorian Tea Tree was removed the site was burnt, so the area will have ongoing weed management to control the Watsonia, African Love Grass and Victorian Tea tree. This'll help ensure that the already diverse fast-growing native understory isn't outcompeted by invasive species. Ultimately the idea of this planting is to better connect Mundijong and Serpentine via a healthy wildlife corridor. 



Healthy Habitats 

Dr Antonia Bagshawe

Landcare SJ would like to acknowledge the life of Dr Antonia Bagshawe, who passed away on the 26 May 2019, aged 81.
Antonia was a member of our Healthy Habitats program and a passionate protector of the bushland on her property. We were lucky enough to visit several times to carry out flora surveys, and her love for the wildlife and plant communities there was a delight to be around. Her love and care for other living things was played out in her life as a Doctor and volunteer for medical organisations and wildlife sanctuaries. The staff at Landcare SJ are glad to have known her for a small part of her amazing life!

Don Wood 

Healthy Habitats is a program run by Landcare SJ in partnership with the Shire of SJ to provide support to landholders in looking after native bushland. Don Wood was one of the first to join the program, and he is also our most active member! Since 2012 when his property was first assessed for membership, Don has been constantly working to protect the 30ha of remnant native bushland there. This has included injecting the magnificent jarrahs with phosphite to protect them from dieback, revegetation with native species, and persistent control of cape tulip. The latter effort is the most impressive, with hundreds of hours spent by Don meticulously spraying and hand weeding. Landcare SJ would like to thank Don for all his hard work in looking after his patch.
Left: Don Wood | Right: Dr Penny Hollick 


Guess What I Am?


 

For your chance to win an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20 

Do you know what species I am?

Be the first person to Email my scientific and common name to Reece Jerrett at Landcare SJ and you'll receive an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20!

Email:
reece@landcaresj.com.au

(Individuals can only win the monthly competition every 3 months)



Your Local Environment 

Weedy Weather

This weather is fantastic for planting native seedlings in. Unfortunately, our native flora species aren't the only ones that love it... Copious amounts of invasive species are popping up everywhere since we received our first rains for the season. one of these species, in particular, is Watsonia meriana var. bulbillifera. Originally from Southern Africa, it was used as an ornamental garden plant before escaping into the wild. 
This bulbous flowering plant outcompetes our native species by forming a dense mat of bulbs, roots and foliage with a flowering stand that can reach 1.8 metres in height. As well as impacting on our natural ecosystems, it also poses a risk to livestock. With reports from overseas of livestock being poisoned by consuming the weed. However, it doesn't spread well through cultivated land. 

The New Declared Pest Species

Landcare SJ is thrilled to announce that we're in full support of the West Australian State Government's decision to list feral cats as a declared pest under the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act 2007. This is fantastic news and is an excellent step in the right direction to hopefully gain control over this pest species and to eventually help give better resilience to the  36 mammal, 22 bird and 11 reptile species in WA that are vulnerable due to feral cat predation  However, it has sadly come too late for 27 species, that have already gone extinct mainly due to predation from feral cats.  

It's important to remember that this legislation only for feral cats! Domestic cats come under the cat Act of 2011

Feral cats are defined by cats that live and reproduce in the wild, surviving by hunting and scavenging. 


(Photo credit: M. Maxwell - Feral cat preys on Brush-tailed Phascogale)


Upcoming  Community
Events

Please click on the posters for more information.


Help The Cause

 

  and help save these charismatic birds.

It takes over 100 years for a natural hollow to form that our endangered Black Cockatoos will breed in, but only a few minutes to donate towards the construction of Landcare SJ's 'Cockatubes'. 

Any contribution is greatly appreciated! 

Please Donate Today



(Photo by Rick Dawson)
                               Contact us:

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

Location:
Cnr Cockram St and Paterson St
(PO Box 41), Mundijong WA 6123

 


Phone:
(08) 9526 0012     

Email:
info@landcaresj.com.au
 

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