Her sharp eyes and professionalism will be missed. She is retiring because of neck strain, which is being exacerbated by peering upwards through binoculars. Something of a tragedy for her and a great loss to us.
The bird surveys are an essential part of monitoring the site's contribution to biodiversity, as well as introducing visitors to the site. For BRT members and ImLal project partners it's become an important vector for on-site inspection and discussion about what silvicultural management is required. We are looking for a knowledgeable survey leader to replace Tanya. Any ideas?
Species resilience in the south and north sites is a case in point on the importance of regularly getting feet on the ground talking a walk through the plantation. Spotted gum and sugar gum plots that last year appeared well and truly dead have both put forward new shoots since the autumn break. Wilting native hempbush has recovered. Direct seeding that we thought had failed is increasingly poking up above the long grass - particularly the Acacia. Bare patches in the north are showing encouraging signs of recovery. The redwood (about 20-30% of the 50 planted) in the north site struggle on despite a very dry summer and kangaroo predation.
Volunteer plants are invading the site in increasing numbers, such as swamp gum, manna gum and blackwood. One problem we have created is planting silver wattle between the forestry plots in the south site. They are suckering and competing with the forestry plots. We can't spray them so they will need some form of labour-intensive management.
Visitors on this survey included science student Tarquin Netherway (on right) and Geoff Rootes (left) and Linda Zibell from Friends of Canadian Forest Park. Geoff and Linda are looking at introducing the biorich concept into their proposal for the proposed 300ha multi-use forest park.
Our youngest partipant was Oscar Haywood, the son of Imerys Environment Manager Brad Haywood. He is pictured on left with his father. He had a good long look at the Boobook.
Visitors are always welcome on the two hour long bird surveys, which are held on a Sunday morning. If you are interested, contact Gib Wettenhall via the Contact Us page – click here