It was a sub zero and very frosty, cold Sunday morning but that didn’t deter a small but dedicated band of fifteen workers arriving early at the Yea Wetlands, to plant the second instalment of 550 plants from the projected 1000 plants in the next three years. Funding for this activity came from the Community For Nature Grant awarded to the Committee early last year, when the first planting of 250 plants took place near one of the bird hides.
The area planted was replacing a large area of Phalaris that had been prepared by being slashed repeatedly and is adjacent to the ‘Hemiphlebia’ lagoon, next to the largest section of boardwalks. Committee members Glenda Woods, Bob Glenister, Russ Wealands, Mike Bartels and Cath Zerbe prepared the site and laid out materials and everyone else busied themselves planting, staking and watering a mixture of grasses, sedges, understory and some eucalypts and wattles, all designed to provide habitat for the fauna that live the Yea Wetlands. The group were very pleased with their efforts and celebrated an honest morning’s work, by enjoying a BBQ lunch and delicious cake, catered for by Barb Glenister and Jan Wealands.
Thanks to those who gave the wetlands a few hours of their time on Sunday. Every little bit helps and the fauna, especially the birds will really enjoy the large patch of newly created habitat.