Participants should ensure to wear protective clothing (long sleeves and long pants are recommended), suitable footwear, bring plenty of water; wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent if necessary. Council provides tools and equipment, plants and mulch.
On a very overcast, humid morning, a dozen volunteers arrived at Chelsea Street Reserve to learn about and enjoy this beautiful bush setting.
Stefan Hattingh, MBRC Senior Bushcare Officer, had already checked out the area and identified a new project that we all agreed would be very different to previous challenges we have faced … setting up a Frog Rock Pool. All the necessary infrastructure is in place and all we would need to do would be to remove the invasive grasses and plant sedges around the rock drain.
As we moved through the Reserve to Zone 4, we stopped and learnt about the native lemon grass, molasses grass, barbed wire grass and the Alphitonia bush. We saw the value of using ALL of our senses to identify and appreciate the native plants. Thanks Stefan. Also, a very special welcome to our newest volunteer, Elena who heard about our event from the Redcliffe Environmental Forum Facebook page. Thanks Bob and Emily. As always, we finished off with a cuppa and a chat before the rain sent us packing.
Volunteer Group Co-ordinator Gary Brennan,
After a few rainy weekends, our Bushcare volunteers gathered on a cool, sunny Saturday morning for our Chelsea Street Bushcare Day. On our walk to Zone 2 to remove Blue Billy Goat Weed, we were very surprised to see lots of raking of mulch and weeds, into a large nest. . . . . GUESS WHO??? (look left)! We were kept very busy with Cobblers Pegs, Corky Passion Vine, some Lantana and lots of Blue Billy Goat Weed. Jill, our expert Koala Spotter, found a healthy little specimen high up above the workers. We saw our second Koala when we were getting set up for our Morning Tea provided by Fran, Trish and Ailsa.
On Saturday 9th July over a dozen volunteers turned up at the Chelsea Street Reserve. Stefan Hattingh from the Moreton Bay Regional Council joined the group and brought with him a special camera and monitors to investigate if any fauna were utilising the dozen or so installed nest boxes. The monitoring revealed two species of nocturnal marsupials utilised the boxes as a safe haven for the daytime. Four individual Brushtail Possums and a family of Sugar Gliders, underpinned the great value of the work carried out by the Chelsea Street Bushcare team. Their work helps to maintain the quality of the vegetation in the reserve, which provides valuable habitat for our local wildlife.
.The Redcliffe Environmental Forum acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country in and around Moreton Bay and the Redcliffe Peninsula, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. It pays respect to them and their cultures, and to Elders both past, present and emerging..