Watch out Paterson’s Curse – the weeders are coming to get you!

about  Charles Darwin Reserve  
on 28 Sep 2017 
Volunteers hard at work (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Volunteers hard at work (Photo: J&B Dufall)
The weeding crew enjoying well-deserved sunset drinks after a hard day's weeding (Photo: J&B Dufall).<br/> The weeding crew enjoying well-deserved sunset drinks after a hard day's weeding (Photo: J&B Dufall).
Outlying wells bereft of weeds! The group concentrated on Patersons/ double gees and weeded over 75% of front paddocks. (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Outlying wells bereft of weeds! The group concentrated on Patersons/ double gees and weeded over 75% of front paddocks. (Photo: J&B Dufall)
Goshawk spotted on the top of a tank while weeding (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Goshawk spotted on the top of a tank while weeding (Photo: J&B Dufall)
Perentie at Edna Springs (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Perentie at Edna Springs (Photo: J&B Dufall)
Edna Springs. As wonderful as ever. (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Edna Springs. As wonderful as ever. (Photo: J&B Dufall)
Volunteers hard at work. Native vegetation is in good condition. (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Volunteers hard at work. Native vegetation is in good condition. (Photo: J&B Dufall)
Native grasses have taken over all the paddocks and are seeding for the second time this year (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Native grasses have taken over all the paddocks and are seeding for the second time this year (Photo: J&B Dufall)

This spring the Charles Darwin Reserve weeding crew again joined forces to attack emergent weeds at this beautiful reserve in the mid-west of Western Australia. This was the second weeds working bee for the year. It was another great couple of weeks of comradery and hard work for a very important cause!

Reserve Manager William Hansen commented, "As usual the weeding crew pulled out all stops and set about the relentless assassination of the weeds at Charles Darwin Reserve. This time they were able to focus on the Paterson’s Curse (Echium plantagineum) in the front paddock, which despite the drought conditions had been able to germinate in quite large numbers.

They started to dream about Paterson’s curse! But still they persisted and by the end of the weeds working bee they had removed almost all Patterson’s curse from the paddock. They're the hardest working bunch around and are making real environmental change here at Charles Darwin Reserve."

Thanks to our amazing volunteers Janet and Barry Dufall for once again leading the charge on the weeds assault at Charles Darwin Reserve! Thanks to all the wonderful hard working Bush Heritage volunteers – volunteers really do make all the difference.

The weeding crew enjoying well-deserved sunset drinks after a hard day's weeding (Photo: J&B Dufall).<br/> The weeding crew enjoying well-deserved sunset drinks after a hard day's weeding (Photo: J&B Dufall).
Outlying wells bereft of weeds! The group concentrated on Patersons/ double gees and weeded over 75% of front paddocks. (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Outlying wells bereft of weeds! The group concentrated on Patersons/ double gees and weeded over 75% of front paddocks. (Photo: J&B Dufall)
Goshawk spotted on the top of a tank while weeding (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Goshawk spotted on the top of a tank while weeding (Photo: J&B Dufall)
Perentie at Edna Springs (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Perentie at Edna Springs (Photo: J&B Dufall)
Edna Springs. As wonderful as ever. (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Edna Springs. As wonderful as ever. (Photo: J&B Dufall)
Volunteers hard at work. Native vegetation is in good condition. (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Volunteers hard at work. Native vegetation is in good condition. (Photo: J&B Dufall)
Native grasses have taken over all the paddocks and are seeding for the second time this year (Photo: J&B Dufall)<br/> Native grasses have taken over all the paddocks and are seeding for the second time this year (Photo: J&B Dufall)
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