Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 26th of November, from 9am to 1pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate. We will be working on Glory lily follow up from the North (Dog walking beach access) to the South (Horse beach access) boundaries. If you come later, please call 0478272300 to find us.
Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, rain coat and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.
BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated
Jump-seed hand removal too on November 26. Want to join in a fun three hours while learning our ecology from the edge of the road ?
See where previous herbicide use has strengthen the regrowth as plants adapt to being poisoned.
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5 am start and on the road by 6. So enjoyed my push bike 5 kilometer ride, through the valley with the gentle sound of the creeks water running.
Cool sunny morning and a very pleasant three hours hand weeding jump-seed from the side of the public road. 4 more volunteers pledge future help. Green Army too enlisting. So good to be told the younger generation are in step with a herbicide free future.
— Forwarded message ———- From: Byron Environment Centre <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 5:51 PM Subject: Byron Environment Centre bush regen & boardwalk maintenance next Tuesday 4th October 9.30 to 2.30 To:
The Byron Environment Centre is holding it’s chemical-free bush regen and boardwalk maintenance next Tuesday 4th October from 9.30 to 2.30 at the Cumbebin Wetland Sanctuary (next to the toilet block of the Byron Market site).
We will be removing weeds around native plantings on the mid section NE buffer side up from toilet block. We will also repair decking along boardwalk as required.
Please wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing from sun and mosquitoes. Cool drink will be provided. See map attached.
Hope to see you there – come anytime even for an hour or two.
If raining email Sharon (email@example.com) at 8 am on the day to see if it is on.
Saturday, October 1, 7 30 am to 10 30 am, Huonbrook Herbicide free Volunteers are starting our yearly eradication of the emerging Jump-seed plants along side of the Public road. A hardy plant, clumped roots and with the stunning ability to throw its seeds some distance, we are slowly reducing its impact by careful removal.
Our efforts are beginning the third year with well over 500 kilos of the plant removed by hand. Our efforts began after land-care insisted on the spraying campaign to which Council employed contractors to do just that. Our reaction was anger as we had already started our removal efforts. Some frontages were already registered on Herbicide free registers.
Since, Council has provided us with signs and insurance cover.
But few who say they support our environmental efforts put their hands up to actually come and help us.
Boots, bright clothes, gloves, hat and water. Mill Road, 7 15 am.
If you want to help phone 66 840 104 and I might even prepare you a vegetarian lunch.
Jayne and I would like to sincerely thank our UNPAID volunteers. Pav ( Marc), Tim Fry, Lily and Robyn, who takes the removed Jump-seed to Myocum tip for safe disposal.
A very busy bower.
Early start after a late night. 7 am start with Jayne and Tim, in a 3 hour seek, scamper and sliding down slopes, in our latest attempt to remove the flowering jump seed.
I think by the weight of the bag we removed, 80 kilos was up rooted.
Roadside mowing machine is heading our way and it was paramount we remove as much as we saw before the seeds are scattered. All at the end of flowering now so seeds not mature yet.
Great morning and a satisfying effort. 8 Saturday mornings, Jayne and I, with Tim joining us later, with Robyn picking up and taking the jumpseed to the tip.
A verandah guest has arrived. Curled around the antechinuses down ward pole from the ceiling, we danced around it last night. This morning, when we returned from work, it was happily stretched out. It is thin but its colours are stuning. A scar from an injury, barbed wire, a whipper snipper perhaps, is visible along its body.
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Jump-seed, a photo taken yesterday on the verge of the public road. Vigorous growth from seed and the sprayed site.
What an extraordinary determined plant this jump-seed is. I isolated one clump from our weeding effort 8 months ago, which had been sprayed with glyphosate. I placed it in a metal bowl and into the direct sun whenever I could. After forgetting to bring it under cover 2 weeks ago and the bowl filling with rain water, I noticed 2 tiny buds sprouting this morning.
Below, the photo shows a poisoned Coral tree fallen into the running Wilson’s Creek.
A couple of years ago I read an article in NATURE that morning glory, the flower in the photo below, had important qualities as it was proven it had de contaminating properties. As it tends to grow well here in old tick dipping sites, it is doing the repair job for us.
My dinner and dance gathering was thwarted last night with another power failure. Luckily I had lots of candles so we still had a lovely dinner of cole slaw, stuffed mushrooms and lentil vegetable casserole.
5 hours later I removed 10 sacks of jump-seed which land-care wanted poisoned. Last year, where the edges of drains were sprayed with herbicide, the regrowth is as sturdy as ever.
40 mls of rain on sunday evening proved a frogs delight after the storm passed over. With power outages over a wide area it meant for me a night with a head torch, watching the marvel of frogs appearing from every hiding place possible.
So Paris and the 1000s of delegates has started with a very disappointing beginning from Australia. But its early days and with the reality of climate change now being called critical by many other countries leaders, it will be hard to endure the spin from our government.
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This was a treat to watch, a wallaby mum started to thump the ground near this carpet snake, to alert her young one after which they were both thumping the ground as they watched the snake move.