For most of Victoria, rainfall in 2015 was below or very much below average and our Nardoo Hills Reserve and the Wedderburn region were no exception. In 2016 the rains have been a little more forthcoming giving us an opportunity to get saplings into the softer grounds.
Last weekend was a hive of activity on Nardoo Hills Reserve commencing on Thursday with a group of LaTrobe University Environmental Politics students working to erect a grazing exclusion plot.
On Friday they were joined by a wonderful group of Flight Centre Staff who battled some seriously challenging wet weather conditions to erect a second exclusion plot to be planted out with Buloke and the locally rare Sugarwood.
They also planted a good 500 Eucalyptus saplings into the ground in the wider revegetation zone, including some 150 threatened Kamarooka Mallee (Eucalyptus Froggattii).
Saturday saw the arrival of our Bush Heritage Volunteers who worked at the main reserve planting out exclusion plots with Buloke, Sheoak and Sugarwood and on Sunday they spent the day on weed management and combing a remote section of the reserve for cactus.
Victorian Reserve Manager Jeroen van Veen advised ‘all of the teams were magnificent and enthusiastic in their support and they all went home very satisfied after a productive weekend’.
Bush Heritage Australia offer volunteer working bee weekends each month from May through to October offering our volunteers a wonderful way to support conservation in Victoria.