Many hands make light work!
Sunday 23 June
10am - 2pm (including BBQ lunch for all volunteers)
What to bring:
Gardening gloves, water, sturdy boots, high-visibility vest (if you have one), long pants, long sleeves, hat and water-proof coat and lots of energy!
About the project - Altona skipper butterfly
“Habitat stepping stones”
The Altona skipper butterfly is a rare butterfly that lives only in Altona and breeds, feeds, lives and dies only one species of plant, Gahnia filum, the chaffy saw-sedge.
To help this butterfly survive we’re expanding the area of chaffy saw-sedge and planting dense little islands or “stepping stones” of this plant between the existing populations of skipper butterfly so these isolated populations of butterflies can interbreed and move around the landscape. We have been involved in this project for a few years now which is very exciting as it means all our labour is not going to waste; we allocate some of the funding to a contractor who makes sure the area is well looked after in between our planting days!
This year’s project is to plant 500 chaffy saw-sedge just west of Millers Road along Kororoit Creek in Altona, as a vital link between the butterfly population in “The Pines”, in Seaholme and another population next to Cherry Lake. We’ll be planting the saw-sedge, installing tree guards, mulching around the plants and watering. It’s a very slow-growing plant so it will take years for the results to show, but fortunately we have two we prepared earlier – a successful 2015 planting 50 metres away and last years planting adjacent – to inspire you.
This important work is being made possible thanks to a grant AWA VIC secured through Melbourne Water’s Community Grants Program.
Please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org, YWP Chair, for any further information. To register; simply email email@example.com.
Thanks for the support on behalf of the butterflies and AWA VIC Branch!
Venue/location: Kororoit Creek, Altona
How to get there: Search in Google Maps 76 Millers Road, Seaholme VIC 3018
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