Sunday 5th October 2014 Bushland Busy Bee in Minim Cove Park



We’d love some help this Sunday in Minim Cove Park from 9am to 11am!


As you may be aware, there has been some mature tuart tree clearing in Mosman Park, on McCabe street, to make way for houses! Yes, this valuable asset the government is realising has been cleared to the minimum of 10% retention. Although a very sad time for residents of Mosman Park, our Natural Resources Manager, Heidi Khojasteh, has made sure the logs can be used around our town. Mark (husband) has been working on trying to stop the water erosion through the bushland along the path from the MCP BBQ. Last month’s Sunday busy bee, Heidi joined us and offered branches and logs from the felling to help with the erosion problem until we can get some plants established. So this Sunday, Mark, especially is looking for some help placing the logs.


If there are any spare bodies on Sunday, I’d love some help to weed Gnarangup beach before the “Bush to Beach Walk”. Remember last year, Greg Keighery, a botanist with DEC, who had done previous surveys of MP’s flora came to visit us to clarify some plants for us. He left us his list of plants surveyed in th 1980’s. Native spinach was listed as a species at Gnarangup beach! Sure enough, there were 3 plants! Only one was in a sheltered position to thrive. I collected seed through out the summer and in May a couple of us direct seeded them. After an initial herbicide spray killing all the young provenance recruitments of native spinach, our seeds came up and are looking fabulous. Help me grow them up by hand weeding this Sunday!


The natty thing about the native spinach is the associated moth which hardly damages the plant but keeps the local small birds fed!


Soon when we have spare seeds you can all grow it in your own back yards as a source of food for you and wildlife!


Forecast is for rain on Sunday! Can we be that lucky? May need a raincoat! Otherwise same as usual, protective shoes, hat and water bottle! Morning tea at 11am when we finish!


Meet at the small gate into the bushland at the end of the Fairbairn street pathway.




How is Buckland Hill fairing two years after being burnt?

Too frequent fires in Buckland Hill's natural area has resulted in a loss of biodiversity of flora and fauna and an increase in fuel load (weeds).

Heidi Khojestah (ToMP bushcare officer) has left this area for volunteers to weed as it has quite a good variety of species that may get killed by off target herbicide spraying.

In this area is one Jacksonia (I do not know of any others in MP), Scaevola nivea, autumn lilly, (Tricoryne elatior), parrot bush, (Banksia sessilis), native grass, (Austrostipa elegantissma), ground cover banksia, (Banksia dallaneyii), Coastal honeymyrtle, (Melaleuca systena), Chenille honeymyrtle, ( Melaleuca hueglii) and of course the beautiful red cockies tongue (Templetonia retusa).

The burnt dead shrubs, although added fuel load, reduce windspeed, provide dappled shade for emerging plants and are a place for birds to perch. By the time the plants have grown up, these dead shrubs will have broken up.

A build up of organic matter over the years in sheltered positions has meant we have pink fairy orchids once again in Buckland Hill.

Lets make this area a beautiful place once again to walk and admire the view to Rottnest Island.

B.Hill biodiverse area.JPG

Now how did our Minim Cove Planting Day go on Sunday 8th June 2014

Sun out, the help poured in from Scotch college! The rain waited for nightfall! What a great way to plant!


In one and a half hours, locals with 50 Scotch students and parents planted 750 local plants! This adds to the work already started 5 years ago!


All help was gratefully received! Preschooler, Natalie Collier and her sister, Clara were eager to join  the planting team once again!


The photo shows the remnant Grevillea thelmanianna patches where a diversity of plants were planted around them to provide a diversity of habitat for our wildlife and increase the link from one lot of bushland to another.


Someone’s jumper thrown over the location sign aptly made the area Minim Cove ark. Quite fitting as this bushland just happens to be home to plants not found for some distance. In the Minim Cove ark we have one remnant huge quandong plant, 4 native spinach plants (Tetragonia tetragonoides), 6 native celery plants, a couple of native apricots (Pittosporum ligustrifolium) and a couple of Cyclops wattle, who’s seeds are edible.


This makes for quite a feast. If we keep planting here the river could be so healthy, there might be a fish to go with the above.







Sue Conlan

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