Dunbogan Bush Care Group is appealing for volunteers

Three years ago this site was bare patch of grass. It was planted out and is maintained by Dunbogan Bushcare Group and Port Macquarie Hastings Council’s bush regeneration team. It joins littoral rainforest on both sides. Photo: supplied.
Three years ago this site was bare patch of grass. It was planted out and is maintained by Dunbogan Bushcare Group and Port Macquarie Hastings Council’s bush regeneration team. It joins littoral rainforest on both sides. Photo: supplied.

Dunbogan Bush Care Group is appealing for volunteers to help continue their vital work to help the environment.

The volunteers would help with the watering of 250 planted seedlings which were planted earlier this year. 

“During this dry weather, we are having to water the seedlings every week,” coordinator Sue Baker said.

“This is taking time away from our main task of annual follow up weeding across several sites that cover a large area.

“Due to various circumstances this year we are only just now beginning to tackle this main task, so that time lost to other activities is a concern.

“We need to ensure that we get to any nasty weeds before they seed.”

The group has been working at Dunbogan in the Gogley’s Lagoon- Pilot Beach area for 19 years. 

They have helped rid the bushland of weeds such as bitou bush, lantana and prickly pear. 

Another major part of the group’s work has been to restore coastal rainforest with the planting of several thousand seedlings and extensive weeding.

“Coastal or littoral rain forests are a threatened habitat in NSW as so much of it has been lost to  development,” Sue said. 

“It is an important habitat especially for migratory fruit-eating birds.”

Sue said the improvements at the rainforest site are so great that people who haven’t seen it for a few years can’t believe it’s the same location. 

People who are keen to help would need to volunteer about an hour of their time on Monday morning.

For more information or to join the group please call Sue on 6559 7134.

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