In June at Boolcoomatta Reserve, Manager Alister Dermer welcomed 13 fantastic Bush Heritage volunteers to the reserve to help follow-up the removal of Pepper Tree and African Box Thorn in the Homestead creek and Kalabity Road diversion drain crossing.
The team achieved a tremendous amount with over 2,000 emergent and established weeds treated. In addition to this effort the team helped with other essential tasks including:
- Visitor Centre and Shearers' Quarters renovations;
- service and repair of cat traps;
- incidental weeds, ferals and wildlife surveys;
- completed stage one of the fox baiting trial; and
- repair of fences.
All volunteers reported having a great time, with fabulous team work and comradery. One volunteer, Will Douglas, a long-term Bush Heritage supporter, noticed the approach Bush Heritage are taking to integrating science, monitoring and evaluation into our management. He stated:
I couldn't have been more pleased to see the quality of the approach Bush Heritage has to this property. As a scientist (now a teacher), I was also impressed that data collection and longitudinal examination of progress are high on the agenda and built into even the weed eradication program.
Nick Barratt and David Adams were on reserve to help run the fox baiting trial at the same time as the weeds working bee. Nick reflected:
Boolcoomatta is looking a great at the moment with its greenness and pools of water. We were also treated to frosty mornings and cool, crisp days, which were perfect for working there. David and I were lucky enough to be able to get a good look around this wonderful property as we laid the 200 fox baits. Lots of roos, emus, different types of birds and differing light and landscapes along with laying the baits made for very full and enjoyable days.
Volunteers play a vital role in the management of all Bush Heritage Reserves. This working bee effort highlights how much can be achieved with many hard-working hands. Thank-you to all the participants.