Help us to establish habitat for the rare Skipper Butterfly
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.
This year’s project is to plant 500 chaffy saw-sedge just west of Millers Road along Kororoit Creek in Altona, as the final link between the butterfly population in “The Pines”, in Seaholme to 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 one we prepared earlier – a successful 2015 planting 50 metres away – to inspire you.
The Young Water Professionals (Vic) are grateful to have received a small grant as part of Melbourne Water's Community Grants Program.
Date: Saturday, 24 June 2017
12:30pm BBQ lunch (supplied)
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