BASHING THE BITOU: The Dirawong Reserve Trust welcomes the community to join it and the Earthcare Services bush regeneration team in a Bitou Bush Bash from September 16-20.
BASHING THE BITOU: The Dirawong Reserve Trust welcomes the community to join it and the Earthcare Services bush regeneration team in a Bitou Bush Bash from September 16-20. Contributed

You can help bash bitou bush at Evans Head

THE Dirawong Reserve Trust welcomes the community to join it and Earthcare Services bush regeneration team in a Bitou Bush Bash from September 16-20.

The aim of the week is to remove regrowth bitou bush in the Dirawong Reserve, north of Chinamans Beach parking area, and encourage the wider community to pull on their boots, long sleeves and hats and help.

"This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and contribute to your local environment. If you have any time free the week of the 16th and are keen to join in for whatever time you can spare, please contact Bob Jarman on 0429 320 012," a Trust spokesman said.

"The Dirawong is not only culturally significant - it is also home to an ecologically endangered community, Themeda Grasslands, as well as 27 species of plants occurring that have special ecological significance by being endangered or vulnerable through to uncommon in the area.

"The place is also a haven for wildlife with 61 species of birds, 15 species of mammals and 13 species of reptiles known to inhabit the Dirawong."

The Dirawong Reserve Trust is in the final year of a three-year Environmental Trust project that aimed at ridding the Dirawong of bitou bush, glory lily and introduced coastal tea tree, legacies from the era of sand mining, and using methods that promote and encourage regeneration of endemic native plants.

The non-chemical approach used on bitou bush, coastal tea tree and glory lily has resulted in a quicker and more successful regeneration of native plants.

Through this project, the Trust has removed 104,000sq m of weeds, employed two local people to remove weeds on a weekly basis, will have removed nearly all of the coastal tea tree which is not native to the Dirawong, and in 2012 removed 140kg of glory lily seed.

For the Dirawong Reserve to stay pristine, the Trust needs the help of local volunteers.

For more information contact Elaine on 0401 362 802 or Bob on 0429 320 012.



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