Grants help save beaches and fauna
THE Dirawong committee has again had a busy year doing work that relies on funding through grants.
This year we have continued weed removal strategies on the frontal dunes at New Zealand beach using the second-year funding from an Environmental Trust Grant secured in 2010.
Some visitors were lucky enough to be around to see our abseiling team conduct follow-up work on the cliffs between Chinaman's and New Zealand beaches and on Jogglies.
These projects create paid work for local people. Some of our bush regenerators have gone on to other permanent employment and we have been pleased to be part of their "up-skilling''. Others have moved on to further studies. We wish them all well and are grateful for their contributions to our beautiful reserve.
"Sand-padding" has been conducted to discover what animal species are living on the reserve. Many species are shy and/or nocturnal, so footprints are all visitors are likely to see.
Bandicoot and wallabies were recorded along with foxes, so we are conducting a fox-baiting program.
Ground-nesting birds are particularly vulnerable to foxes and many of these birds are locally endangered. The program will continue into the holiday season.
We are excited that this year has produced many sightings of the "ground parrot", a bird that was thought to be in decline.
Wet weather with plenty of food plus an absence of fire has been kind to all Dirawong wildlife.
Swamp wallabies, red-neck wallabies, grey kangaroos, echidna, carpet pythons, goannas and other lizards are all regularly seen.
There are many bird species to be seen on a quiet walk through the reserve and a particular favourite of mine is the rainbow bee-eater - beautiful!