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Balijup Sanctuary Citizen Science Event Focusses on Elusive Native Fauna

For two days in mid-October, Green Skills held a Citizen Science  environmental monitoring event at the Balijup Sanctuary near Tenterden. 19 people participated in the activities, including  Conservation lecturer from TAFE South, Sylvia Leighton and 10 of her Cert III students.  Projects completed including monitoring of 24 Phascogale nesting boxes (some showing use), Wildlife camera monitoring,  a tree hollow survey of the wandoo/Jarrah woodland, Sanctuary fence maintenance, weedy wattle road verge removal, night spotlighting, and a survey of rabbit warrens. Balijup co-owners Anne Vanderbyl and Alan Hordacre were on hand  and provided valuable assistance to the activities.

Despite lots of indirect evidence of our elusive native marsupials, none were directly spotted during the two days.

The event was supported by the WA State Government’s State NRM program, the Koorabup Trust, Gillamii Centre,  Janicke Environmental Consultants,  enthusiastic volunteers  and the owners of Balijup Farm.

A four day Bandicoot and fauna survey project is planned  from Thursday  15th January 2020 to Monday 20 January 2020. Volunteer participants welcome to join in that event.

For further info on the Balijup Fauna project, contact Basil Schur, Green Skills  Project Manager on 0429481019 or [email protected],au

 

Volunteer team checking Phascogale nesting boxes at Balijup Fauna Sanctuary, October 2019

 

Inside a Phascogale nesting box with scats visible. Balijup October 2019

 

Wandoo and Jarrah woodland tree hollow survey at Balijup

Fence check and upkeep at Balijup Fauns Sanctuary by Conservation TAFE students

Annie Vanderbyl, one of the co owners of Balijup farm,  with a photo acknowledging her parents, near entrance of the Balijup Sanctuary.

 

The Citizen Science Group on the edge of one of the 13 lakes and wetlands on Balijup Farm. October 2019

Bushland Survey on Currawong farm- Draft Report Available for feedback

Bushland Survey on Currawong farm- Draft Report Available for feedback

On Monday 9th September 2019  Green Skills conducted its fourth  ‘ Rapid Snapshot Bushland Assessment and Eco Planning’  survey on Currawong farm, near Boxwood HIll.
Done in conjunction with the Stefani family, the aim was to  do a snap shot biodiversity assessment to assist with planning for bushland conservation and revegetation planning for this 990 hectare farm that is strategically located next to Bush Heritage’s North Monjebup reserve as well as the Corackerup Nature Reserve. This farm, which has about 269 ha of remnant bushland  27 %)  is thus situated in the heart of the FItzgerald to Stirling section of Gondwana LInk ( http://www.gondwanalink.org/)

The survey team comprised Melissa Howe ( Ecologist), Basil Schur ( Green Skills) , Angela Sanders ( Bush Heritage), and Jane THompson ( co owner of Yarraweyah Farm). Also in attendance was Freya Spencer ( Gillamii and North Sirling Pallingup NRM officer), Leoni McMahon ( FGB Executive Officer and Reaghan Shalders ( FGB NRM Officer)

Green Skills has now collated the  results of the day’s survey and prepare a draft a report for feedback from the landholding family and other stakeholdersThis document will prove valuable in accessing further bushland fencing and revegetation assistance for priority sites.

For further info contact Basil Schur, Green Skills Denmark office  08 98483310

Draft Survey report c

Appreciating Marvellous Garden Givers Copy

Appreciating some magnificent contributors to our Denmark-Kwoorabup community

Here Green Skills takes the opportunity to  thank and appreciate those volunteers and groups who support the Denmark Community Garden and who are consistently marvellous. This is a tribute to them and all the many quiet people who give heaps to our town and our world. Thank you

Support to establish the garden has come from Green Skills, the Denmark CRC,  Kwoorabup Denmark Transition Town Network, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, the Denmark Community Windfarm Group Sustainability Fund,   Metroof, Thornton’s Hardware & Mitre 10, the Denmark Men’s Shed, contractors, other groups & volunteers 

Basil

Green Skills Denmark 98483110

Michael (of RAC rescue fame), Don and Greg. Last Wednesday in the pouring rain, Michael volunteered his truck and skills to help move some big shadehouse benchtops to the DCG

 

The Denmark Men Shed guys – rough sense of humour but true legends. Here they are helping relocate a shadehouse.

 

Greg helping relocate a shadehouse.. a true Aussie stalwart !

Neal – Denmark’s garden maestro and enthusiastic teacher of horticultural knowledge

 

Shirle, Greg and Neal at our composting workshops.. all deeply feeling beings who have green hearts and fingers

 

Lucia guiding the group through her spectacularly productive garden

Lucia (centre) with her garden produce, Dawn (right),another dedicated volunteer and contributor to not just the community garden but much more.

 

Lucia( right) who let us loose in her wonderful home garden last weekend – and Petra ( centre) who does a fabulous job of helping drive the Denmark Community Resource Centre, and Shirley ( healer and giver)

 

Campbell communicating with the garlic in the DCG (Denmark Communitarian Garden)

 

Greg communicating with the broad beans

 

Neal, Gloria and other garden enthusiasts

 

Carl, another legendary community supporter, who never fails to lend a hand

Thanks to all the Wwoofers who give so generously to the places they volunteer, in this case the Denmark Community Garden

Kristi, in her element at the Golden Hill Waldorf School.. winning Gold at the Waste Minimisation Olympics and another unsung community heroine

Kristi in composting action

Planning for on farm Biodiversity conservation in Gondwana LInk

Snap-shot Bushland Survey and Eco-Assessment on Currawong farm, Monjebup

On Monday 9th Green Skills conducted its fourth  ‘ Rapid Snapshot Bushland Assessment and Eco Planning’  survey on Currawong farm, near Boxwood HIll.
Done in conjunction with the Stefani family, the aim was to  do a snap shot biodiversity assessment to assist with planning for bushland conservation and revegetation planning for this 990 hectare farm that is strategically located next to Bush Heritage’s North Monjebup reserve as well as the Corackerup Nature Reserve. This farm, which has about 269 ha of remnant bushland  27 %)  is thus situated in the heart of the FItzgerald to Stirling section of Gondwana LInk ( http://www.gondwanalink.org/)

The survey team comprised Melissa Howe ( Ecologist), Basil Schur ( Green Skills) , Angela Sanders ( Bush Heritage), and Jane THompson ( co owner of Yarraweyah Farm). Also in attendance was Freya Spencer ( Gillamii and North Sirling Pallingup NRM officer), Leoni McMahon ( FGB Executive Officer and Reaghan Shalders ( FGB NRM Officer)

Green Skills will collate the results of the day’s survey and prepare a draft and then final report for the landholding family. This document will prove valuable in accessing further bushland fencing and revegetation assistance for priority sites.

For further info contact Basil Schur, Green Skills Denmark office  08 98483310

Meeting with Jeremy Stefani, farmer, using aerial maps to show the history of the property.

Currawong farm remnants with the magnificent Stirling Range National Park in the backgroun

FItzgerald to Stirling Section of Gondwana LInk  Strategic map

 

Survey team on a propose revegetaiton site with Jeremy

 

Angela, Jeremy and Melissa  assessing a biodiverse remnant bushland area

Aerial view of Currawong farm, close to other extensive bushland areas

Red Moort – Eucalyptus nutans- endangered tree species see https://bie.ala.org.au/species/http://id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/2910953)

 

Red Moort – Eucalyptus nutans- endangered tree species

 

Emus in the Canola on Currawong

Appreciating Marvellous Garden Givers

Appreciating some magnificent contributors to our Denmark-Kwoorabup community

Here Green Skills takes the opportunity to  thank and appreciate those volunteers and groups who support the Denmark Community Garden and who are consistently marvellous. This is a tribute to them and all the many quiet people who give heaps to our town and our world. Thank you

Support to establish the garden has come from Green Skills, the Denmark CRC,  Kwoorabup Denmark Transition Town Network, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, the Denmark Community Windfarm Group Sustainability Fund,   Metroof, Thornton’s Hardware & Mitre 10, the Denmark Men’s Shed, contractors, other groups & volunteers 

Basil

Green Skills Denmark 98483110

Michael (of RAC rescue fame), Don and Greg. Last Wednesday in the pouring rain, Michael volunteered his truck and skills to help move some big shadehouse benchtops to the DCG

 

The Denmark Men Shed guys – rough sense of humour but true legends. Here they are helping relocate a shadehouse.

 

Greg helping relocate a shadehouse.. a true Aussie stalwart !

Neal – Denmark’s garden maestro and enthusiastic teacher of horticultural knowledge

 

Shirle, Greg and Neal at our composting workshops.. all deeply feeling beings who have green hearts and fingers

 

Lucia guiding the group through her spectacularly productive garden

Lucia (centre) with her garden produce, Dawn (right),another dedicated volunteer and contributor to not just the community garden but much more.

 

Lucia( right) who let us loose in her wonderful home garden last weeke\nd – and Petra ( centre) who does a fabulous job of helping drive the Denmark Community Resource Centre, and Shirley ( healer and giver)

 

Campbell communicating with the garlic in the DCG (Denmark Communitarian Garden)

 

Greg communicating with the broad beans

 

Neal, Gloria and other garden enthusiasts

 

Carl, another legendary community supporter, who never fails to lend a hand

Thanks to all the Wwoofers who give so generously to the places they volunteer, in this case the Denmark Community Garden

Kristi, in her element at the Golden Hill Waldorf School.. winning Gold at the Waste Minimisation Olympics and another unsung community heroine

Kristi in composting action