Welcome to the March working bee on Red Hill. We have had over 80mm of rain so far this February and about half that amount in January, which has helped put some moisture back into the landscape. Some green shoots of grass are starting to appear, but the weeds – St John’s Wort, verbascum, Briar rose, blackberry are also growing strongly. The rabbits are eating everything in sight! This month we plan to attack some small blackberry plants and to add some protective cuttings to struggling plantings to give them a chance against the ever hungry kangaroos and rabbits.
Location: Meet at water cube D, in the Reserve near the 2013 plantings. Access by car convoy via the Rusden St, Garran locked gate will be available at 9am (it may not be accessible by car later). See Google map at https://drive.google.com/open?id=14SK_FGP83mu60FLhSUdvbuEHvD0nQUx_&usp=sharing or click here
- Drag spare cut timber to protect smaller plants in the 2013 planting zone adjacent to water cube D.
- Cut and dab blackberry in area near water cube E.
- Map rabbit warrens and inspect experimental enclosures showing evidence of rabbit environmental damage.
Conditions: Flat to sloping. Some rocky areas
You bring: Water to drink, hat, gloves, long sleeved shirt, long pants, eye protection, sunscreen cream, solid enclosed shoes. BYO morning tea.
We bring: Leather gloves, herbicide, tools, and instructions.
Note: It is important that you attend the safety and activity briefing at 0915. Children under 15 years must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian. Individuals who are under 18 years must have parental or guardian consent. A byo morning tea is usually held at 11am, with an opportunity to discuss matters of relevance to the Group. Such discussions constitute ‘General Meetings’ as defined by the Rules of our organisation and may be minuted.
Cancellation: The activity will be cancelled by email (if possible) if rain/wind is forecast which could make planned work potentially hazardous, high temperatures before midday are forecast, total fire bans are announced or air pollution is ‘hazardous’. Note: The Red Hill Regenerators Group is advised by the Parks & Conservation Service and their ‘Guidelines for Volunteer fieldwork in extreme conditions‘, which addresses extreme temperatures and poor air quality, as measured by PM2.5 levels (to obtain up to the minute information about air quality, there are a number of Apps, including the ‘Air Matters‘ App)
Other 2020 activities scheduled for your diary are shown below. Other activities may be included throughout the year:
- Sunday 5 April 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Wednesday 15 April 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Sunday 3 May 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Wednesday 13 May 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Sunday 7 June 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Wednesday 17 June 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Sunday 5 July 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Wednesday 15 July 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Sunday 2 August 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Wednesday 12 August 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Sunday 6 September 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Wednesday 16 September 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Sunday 4 October 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Wednesday 14 October 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Sunday 1 November 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Wednesday 11 November 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Sunday 6 December 2020, 9am Working Bee
- Wednesday 16 December 2020, 9am Working Bee