Welcome to our first post lockdown monthly work activity on Red Hill, on Sunday 7 November 2021 at 09.00am. While we have been locked down, the weeds have continued to flourish, despite some recent limited verbascum spraying by contractors. We are grateful to those volunteers who engaged in regular lock down exercise on Red Hill while wielding a mattock. On Sunday, we plan to continue our intermittent progress from previous months to deal with mainly verbascum, by beheading/dabbing the emerging flower spikes and chipping plants.
Noisy Miners are becoming an increasing problem on Red Hill. They are very aggressive and deter smaller birds from occupying and nesting in the area. Research has looked at ways to mitigate the impacts of Noisy Miners, including culling. The Red Hill Regenerators plant bushes and understory to help give protection to smaller nesting birds. Does this work?
Read research reported in the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology, dated 5 October 2021 here , and reported in The New Daily dated 13 October 2021 here
As part of a response to the environmental damage which resulted from the 2019 bushfires, the Commonwealth Government identified $10m “to support multi-jurisdictional collaboration and targeted interventions for 10 priority bushfire-affected multiregional species or group of species (who share habitat and threats)”. More…
One of the 10 bushfire affected species is the Gang gang cockatoo.
The Regenerators have been awarded $24,000 and selected to work with the ACT Government on a citizen science project which is designed to be:
“developed in three stages focusing on the improvement of the existing Naturemapr platforms and create and manage INaturalist projects. Both platforms will have specific gang-gang web interfaces to enable collection of consistent data across location, tree hollow, foraging, nest hollow and nest tube data points. The project will explore opportunities to enhance interactions and engagement with groups and individuals across the Cockatoo’s range using the platforms”
More information about this project.
The ACT Minister for the Environment, Rebecca Vassarotti, MLA, ACT Liberal MLA Elizabeth Lee and ACT Senator Katy Gallagher wrote to the President Red Hill Regenerators to congratulate the Group on winning the 2021 National Landcare Community Award. More… and More…
A mid-week activity is planned for next Wednesday 16 September starting at 9am at the cafe car park on top of Red Hill. The activity will be chipping weeds and cutting some woody weeds along the ridge and slopes to the South and East.
Can you please let us know if you are going to join us to help with logistics? You can let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org However, if you decide at the last moment, you are still most welcome.
If you need to contact someone before or on the day, you can call 0415 256 951 (more…)