Friends of Rifle Range Creek – The leucaena is being cleared, and the birds are returning!
May 31, 2017
The U3A Bird Watchers Group lead by Tina Dotto on Monday, the 8th of May 2017, identified 26 different species of birds over 2 hours, this is a significant increase from the 16 sightings that were recorded in the 2015 observations. This increase now brings the Rifle Range Creek back into the 2011 level of 27 species, although this is still well below the total number of 77 species recorded by the group since 2004, the rapid increase is a very encouraging demonstration that their eradication of leucaena and the restoration program are working. The 2015 sightings (16) which were taken at the height of the leucaena invasion, will be used by the Friends of Rifle Range Creek as their base year for the Bird watchers observation statistics.
The last of the leucaena from stage 1 was cleared on Thursday, the 25th of May 2017. Tree tubes were planted in the area, and because of the soils sufficient retention of moisture watering will not be required for some time, but this will be monitored by Les.
The Friends of Rifle Range Creek next working-bee will be held at 8:30am on Sunday, June the 11 2017.
If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the Friends of Rifle Range Creek, contact Les Szczerbinski on 4159 0108.
Photo taken and provided by Lionel Pearce.