Thanks to all who joined us on Saturday in Area 7. Formerly “pitto paradise”, Area 7 is now an open grassy hill, spotted with eucalypts and dead chickens – the local fox had been hunting and chose Area 7 to dine. But apart from those surprises, and we moved through the area quickly (not too many weeds this time around!) and into the adjacent bushlands.
Upcoming: Our Friends group will have a stall at the GrassRoots market in Upwey on Sunday 31st of March. So be sure to drop in and say hi, ask any questions, or get any tips on how to have a great beard like our President, David.
Photos by Daniel Jackson
A brilliant day greeted a lovely large group of volunteers on Sunday. And it was great to welcome some new faces to the group for 2019. We made our way through the grassy Area 9, pushing out to the neighbouring areas, too. It’s still amazing what we find in the reserve after years of working in it, as you’ll see in the photos.
A tasty morning tea accompanied talks from Mike about a professional owl tracking project underway in Glenfern, and from Andrew about a species of flora in the reserve that I have memorised perfectly – word for word. It was really great to be in the reserve among old friends and new, after months away.
Feel free to join us next month on Saturday 16th of March. We can’t guarantee great weather, but morning tea is a promise we can make. Thanks to everyone who joined us (in person and in spirit) on Sunday.
Volunteering opportunities this weekend - Sunday morning.
Glenfern is having its first Bushlands Restoration session for the year this Sunday. See flyer for details. Come and join the team and be part of this well established and successful conservation project right here in Upwey! We will be working on a particularly beautiful area of the reserve between Creek Side Walk and Wallaby Walk. See you on Sunday!
Great first working bee of the year. So much done from fantastic people. The quarry area is looking great. Thank you.
Photos by Linda Fullagar
We held a mini working bee to spread the last of the mulch piles in the quarry. The new plants on the bank are doing amazingly well.
Photos and words by Linda Fullagar
Midweek working bee Wednesday 5th December, 9 to 11am.
Our last "extra" midweek working at the beginning on the 14th November got cancelled due to rain. We will try again. This coming Wednesday should be fine. This will be our very last working session for the year.
We will meet at the New Rd car park, to tidy around the lovely native plantings there. At 11am we conclude with morning tea at the picnic table. Morning tea provided. A couple of whipper snippers would be very handy as there is some long grass to tidy up. Please bring gloves and a smile and we will make quick work of this task.
Thanks for all your support this year.
Spring/summer is a wonderful time of the year for bird viewing in Glenfern. A treat at the moment is a pair of Sacred Kingfishers hanging out along Ferny Creek.
Photo and words by David Moncrieff
Kookaburras are doing well in Glenfern.
Some reports say Kookaburras are in decline across Australia but locally they seem to be okay. We observed a breeding pair along Ferny Creek that successfully fledged three strong youngsters last week. The tree hollow looks awkward and its only about four meters above the ground. Space must have been tight with three growing birds. This photo is of one of the adults from that family, a frequent visitor to our backyard all year round.
Photo and words by David Moncrieff