Forget the gym - head to your local reserve for a weeding workout

By Rosemary Harper 
about  Eurardy Reserve  
on 18 Sep 2017 
Rosemary Harper & Cameron Perrett with their pig melon haul! Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> Rosemary Harper & Cameron Perrett with their pig melon haul! Photo: Cameron Perrett
Welcome to Eurardy Reserve in West Australia's mid-west region. Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> Welcome to Eurardy Reserve in West Australia's mid-west region. Photo: Cameron Perrett
Photo: Cameron Perrett.<br/> Photo: Cameron Perrett.
Brian Crute at a rabbit bait station. Photo: Cameron Perrett.<br/> Brian Crute at a rabbit bait station. Photo: Cameron Perrett.
Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) spotted while weeding. Photo: Cameron Perrett.<br/> Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) spotted while weeding. Photo: Cameron Perrett.
Photo: Cameron Perrett.<br/> Photo: Cameron Perrett.
Brian Crute collecting pig melons. Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> Brian Crute collecting pig melons. Photo: Cameron Perrett
Cameron's Double Gee collection from his shoes at the end of a day's weeding! Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> Cameron's Double Gee collection from his shoes at the end of a day's weeding! Photo: Cameron Perrett
While spotlighting Cameron spotted this gorgeous Smooth Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus levis). Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> While spotlighting Cameron spotted this gorgeous Smooth Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus levis). Photo: Cameron Perrett
Plonking Frog (Neobatrachus wilsmorei) spotted while spotlighting. Photo: Cameron Perrett.<br/> Plonking Frog (Neobatrachus wilsmorei) spotted while spotlighting. Photo: Cameron Perrett.
Leaving Eurardy Reserve after a hard week's weeding effort. Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> Leaving Eurardy Reserve after a hard week's weeding effort. Photo: Cameron Perrett

Brian Crute and Rosemary Harper are fabulous, dedicated Bush Heritage volunteers. Each year they help us to improve the environmental attributes of our reserves in the west. Recently they returned to Eurardy Reserve in the mid-west to tackle the weeds as part of the annual weed removal program. Here Rosemary provides an account of the experience.

There’s no need to go to a gym or on a diet when you participate in a weeding working bee at Bush Heritage’s Eurardy Reserve!

There were three participants last week at the Eurardy Weeds Working Bee, two had come across from a weeding bee at Charles Darwin Reserve. Brian Crute, who led the weeding, and I, have been regularly visiting and removing weeds  around the bush areas of Eurardy for around 10 years. We were delighted to be joined by a new Bush Heritage volunteer – Cameron Perrett – a wonderful, young and enthusiastic student who joined the group for several days.

Despite the land being very dry there was still plenty of Double Gee, Wild Radish, Lupin and Stinking Roger to get rid of.

The last day was used for an attack on Pig Melons; we could all have joined top basketball teams after loading trailer loads of melons from the old paddocks ready for disposal.

Even though it's been a dry year and the property was very disturbed (from it's farming days), it was gratifying to see the number of colonising plants beginning to fill the old paddocks. 

We'd love to have some extra help to remove weeds from this beautiful reserve. The working bee is run in the spring each year. 

– Rosemary Harper

Thank you Rosemary, Brian and Cameron for your hard work. We thoroughly appreciate your efforts!

Welcome to Eurardy Reserve in West Australia's mid-west region. Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> Welcome to Eurardy Reserve in West Australia's mid-west region. Photo: Cameron Perrett
Photo: Cameron Perrett.<br/> Photo: Cameron Perrett.
Brian Crute at a rabbit bait station. Photo: Cameron Perrett.<br/> Brian Crute at a rabbit bait station. Photo: Cameron Perrett.
Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) spotted while weeding. Photo: Cameron Perrett.<br/> Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus) spotted while weeding. Photo: Cameron Perrett.
Photo: Cameron Perrett.<br/> Photo: Cameron Perrett.
Brian Crute collecting pig melons. Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> Brian Crute collecting pig melons. Photo: Cameron Perrett
Cameron's Double Gee collection from his shoes at the end of a day's weeding! Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> Cameron's Double Gee collection from his shoes at the end of a day's weeding! Photo: Cameron Perrett
While spotlighting Cameron spotted this gorgeous Smooth Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus levis). Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> While spotlighting Cameron spotted this gorgeous Smooth Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus levis). Photo: Cameron Perrett
Plonking Frog (Neobatrachus wilsmorei) spotted while spotlighting. Photo: Cameron Perrett.<br/> Plonking Frog (Neobatrachus wilsmorei) spotted while spotlighting. Photo: Cameron Perrett.
Leaving Eurardy Reserve after a hard week's weeding effort. Photo: Cameron Perrett<br/> Leaving Eurardy Reserve after a hard week's weeding effort. Photo: Cameron Perrett
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