We are delighted to announce that we have received a grant from the State Government of $37,000 to conduct a survey with the ultimate aim of restoring native fish into Lesmurdie Brook. The survey will be conducted by the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems at Murdoch University's Harry Butler Institute.
Most plants in our area are not flowering now in this intense heat. However, this Hakea ruscifolia or Candle hakea is at its best. You can see it beside the northern side of the northern track at the eastern end of our area.
This is the time of the year bush walkers are likely to attract ticks. Stephen Scourfield in The West Australian on Saturday summarized the different method of dealing with these unwelcome passengers. He quotes Dr Ian Rogers, describing the "knot method" - lassoing the tick with a thread (or dental floss) as close to the skin as possible and removing it this way. Using Lyclear for small ticks and Wart freeze for larger ones is another recommendation. Tick removal cards (Lifesystems and Smidge are mentioned) are another method as are tick removal tweezers TickEase). A reader recommends a drop of neat Dettol on the tick.
Let's just hope you are one of the lucky people that ticks aren't attracted to!
Our final planting busy bee for the season was a huge success; our shade houses are almost empty and we have planted over 10,000 plants this winter/spring. Many thanks to Rotaract Club of Kalamunda, our Friends Of Upper Lesmurdie Falls and their families and to the community members who were on hands and knees planting all morning. Thanks also to Angie for her culinary delights. Many hands make light work!
With the help of Conservation Volunteers Australia, we planted more than 600 trees and shrubs yesterday. That brings the total to thousands now, with the help of the Rotoract Club of Kalamunda and we have another Busy Bee planned for Sunday 30th September, starting at 8 am. At the moment, the acacias and trymalium are blooming and the hillsides are covered in yellow and white blossoms. It's well worth a visit!
These days, some wet and some warm, are ideal for planting. We have another 1,000 seedlings ready to go into the ground and there is still is some of the ripped area ready to be rehabilitated.
Our next busy bee is Sunday 22nd July at 8am.
If you are thinking of joining us for the first time, now is the best time to most effective - you will be most welcome.
So please bring, if you have them, gloves, small spades/trowels and wheelbarrows.
Angie has kindly left us the keys to her pop up restaurant - so we will finish with a sizzle, hot drinks and something sweet.
A massive effort from Rotaract Club of Kalamunda and Friends of Upper Lesmurdie Falls - not only were all the 1,200 plants put in the ground, but we also planted 400 reeds that had been grown on as seedlings from private firebreaks nearby. Overnight, they have received 22mls of life-giving sky-water so all the plants have the best start they can receive.
Come to our Busy Bee on Sunday - it will be a really busy morning, with around 1200 plants to get in the ground. The main emphasis will be Plot 16, Rotaract Club of Kalamunda's adopted plot. It is the area where the Ruland's house once stood in the 1950s and 1960s.. We've ripped the compacted soil and, with the good downpour we've had, the ground is moist and ready to plant. As usual, the reward is a sausage sizzle (and good company!) as well as a rehabilitated plot.
Our busy bee is postponed until next Sunday (6th April) because of the Easter weekend. Join us at 8am - details of proposed jobs to follow.
We recently found a single specimen of this European water plantain (Alisma plantage-aquatica) growing amongst the Baumea sedges in Lesmurdie Brook. It probably came from a household water feature and is the first time it has been recorded in Western Australia. A pressed specimen is now with the WA Herbarium and the plant is no more. Thanks to all for assistance in identification.