Meet at the corner of Morris Road and Wattle Street 4th Tuesday of each month
The Nathan Road Wetlands Bushcare group with the support of the MBRC environment officers met today to tackle the problematic weed known as Groundsel. The recent wet weather made the soil malleable and provided the opportunity to remove young developing stands of the weed. In coastal areas like the Nathan Road Wetlands, Groundsel bush can form a dense understorey, suppressing the growth of native sedges and interfering with the natural ecosystem. Infestations can have a severe impact on the endemic patches of marine couch, a protected species relied on by many species including invertebrates and vertebrates such as kangaroos as a food source. The Bushcare volunteers were also assisted by the Deception Bay Community Youth Programs through their Green Project Traineeship Team. The team lead by Jason Cook have been developing their skills and making a real difference to this important conservation site..
The Nathan Road Wetland Reserve is classed as a hotspot for birds in South East Queensland. To date 205 species of birds have been observed utilising the reserve, including waterbirds such as Latham's Snipe and the Painted Snipe. Yesterday REF and representatives from Healthy Land and Water, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Evolve and the Nathan Road Bushcare group completed a site inspection of the reserve. A fabulous area for wildlife and flora, there are concerns over the high infestation of the Broad-leaved Pepper Tree. The next step is to develop a plan to control this invasive weed, which excludes native plants and wildlife.
This Tuesday, Bushcare volunteers along with staff from the Moreton Bay Regional Council and Conservation Volunteers Australia conducted a planting session at Nathan Road Wetlands with Year 6 students from Mueller College. A great morning with the students asking some tough questions as they did their bit for the local environment.
.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..