AABR and the Cumberland Land Conservancy (CLC) are hosting an all day field trip on Saturday 31/8/19 at Wallaroo property to explore the natural assets of the endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland and evaluate the tools and techniques being used to monitor and restore the seven vegetation types present on the CLC reserves.
The CLC stands apart as the only community based charity successfully securing biodiversity corridors in Western Sydney and manages four reserves protecting 49 hectares of strategic habitat linkages in Western Sydney.
The field day will highlight the bush regeneration techniques being used to implement the recovery programs, such as fire, revegetation, habitat enhancement and enhancing dam biodiversity.
The monitoring tools being utilised on the site will also be showcased, CSIRO’s Checking for Change, along with weed mapping, vegetation assessments and Streamwatch. An avian expert will be on hand throughout the day to zero in on the fleeting glimpses of the faunal friends.
Running alongside the profusion of educational opportunities will be a chance to try your hand at using the National Restoration Standards recovery wheel assessment tool.
The proposed agenda for the day can be viewed below, numbers are limited due to the size and limited access to 'Wallaroo'.
Catering is a BYO share affair, where the combined offerings will produce a bush regen banquet, whether it’s a sandwich or a piece of fruit, a little can go a long way. BYO thermos as the only facility on site is a portaloo. Wear sun safe, suitable clothes for weather and walking.
'Wallaroo' is at 850 -882 Mulgoa Rd Mulgoa but is accessed off the driveway into Penrith Waste Services at 842 Mulgoa Rd Mulgoa. If you get lost call Linda Brown on mob: 0497532949 for directions.
More information about the Cumberland Land Conservancy can be viewed at https://cumberlandlc.org.au/
09:00 - 09:15 am Welcome, safety induction and spraying boots at gravel car Park (all)
09:15 - 09:45 am Overview of ABBR, introduction to the recovery wheel
09:45 - 10:30 am Overview of Cumberland Conservancy and the reserve portfolios
10:30 - 10:45 am Birds of the Cumberland Plain
10:45 - 11:15 am Recovery of riparian and alluvial woodland
11:15 - 11:30 am Morning tea (self-catered)
11:30 - 11:45 am water quality monitoring (streamwatch and WSU)
11:45 - 12:15 pm Recovery of grasslands (fire management and re-vegetation)
12:15 - 12:45 pm Shale hill woodland and habitat logs and hollows
12:45 - 13:00 pm Dams as biodiversity refuge
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch (self-catered/bush regen banquet)
13:30 - 13:45 pm Pest management
13:45 - 14:15 pm Monitoring: checking for Change, weed mapping, vegetation assessment
14:15 - 15:00 pm Summarising recovery wheel