Monjebup Restoration and Monitoring

Published 06 Sep 2013 
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Restoration practitioners Threshold Environmental direct-seeding their way across the 2013 restoration area.<br/> Restoration practitioners Threshold Environmental direct-seeding their way across the 2013 restoration area.
Spreading vegetation debris from boundary fence replacement to provide early shelter habitat for reptiles in the recovering landscape.<br/> Spreading vegetation debris from boundary fence replacement to provide early shelter habitat for reptiles in the recovering landscape.
Hard to imagine this desolate landscape will soon be alive again with wildlife utilising at least 120 species of local flora. <br/> Hard to imagine this desolate landscape will soon be alive again with wildlife utilising at least 120 species of local flora.
Our pitfall trap captures are going to tell an interesting story over the coming years.<br/> Our pitfall trap captures are going to tell an interesting story over the coming years.
Happy campers. Or maybe it's just the 'banging your head against a brick wall' phenomenon - it feels good when you stop! (Stirling Range in the background).<br/> Happy campers. Or maybe it's just the 'banging your head against a brick wall' phenomenon - it feels good when you stop! (Stirling Range in the background).
A banded lapwing nest we stumbled across yesterday. The perfection of nature - all the pointed ends facing neatly into the centre. <br/> A banded lapwing nest we stumbled across yesterday. The perfection of nature - all the pointed ends facing neatly into the centre.

With another 140 ha of restoration completed on Monjebup North this year we have just 150 ha to go next year to complete the 400-ha project. Included in this year's work was deposition of large quantities of vegetation debris from a boundary fence replacement project, designed to hasten the return of the reptiles that we know are otherwise slow to recolonise our restored landscapes.

Angela and I were out yesterday with neighbours and local supporters putting in another four fauna monitoring sites across the 2013 restoration area to ensure we have the robust baseline data that will allow us to demonstrate the success of our project.  At least 3 pairs of banded lapwings are currently using this year's restoration area, and will be gone by next year as dense vegetation occludes the area, but they're hardly short of their favoured habitat with the vast areas of cleared country we have here in the south-west!

Restoration practitioners Threshold Environmental direct-seeding their way across the 2013 restoration area.<br/> Restoration practitioners Threshold Environmental direct-seeding their way across the 2013 restoration area.
Spreading vegetation debris from boundary fence replacement to provide early shelter habitat for reptiles in the recovering landscape.<br/> Spreading vegetation debris from boundary fence replacement to provide early shelter habitat for reptiles in the recovering landscape.
Hard to imagine this desolate landscape will soon be alive again with wildlife utilising at least 120 species of local flora. <br/> Hard to imagine this desolate landscape will soon be alive again with wildlife utilising at least 120 species of local flora.
Our pitfall trap captures are going to tell an interesting story over the coming years.<br/> Our pitfall trap captures are going to tell an interesting story over the coming years.
Happy campers. Or maybe it's just the 'banging your head against a brick wall' phenomenon - it feels good when you stop! (Stirling Range in the background).<br/> Happy campers. Or maybe it's just the 'banging your head against a brick wall' phenomenon - it feels good when you stop! (Stirling Range in the background).
A banded lapwing nest we stumbled across yesterday. The perfection of nature - all the pointed ends facing neatly into the centre. <br/> A banded lapwing nest we stumbled across yesterday. The perfection of nature - all the pointed ends facing neatly into the centre.