On Sunday 9th September a group of TEN volunteers weeded the blackberries, cotoneasters, boneseed and briar rose in the bushland recreation area north of the Taroona Beach boat ramp. It was encouraging to see healthy regeneration of native species including Astroloma, Poa, Lomandra, and Eucalyptus. TEN has worked to maintain this area of important swift parrot habitat over many years.
On Saturday 28th July 2018 TEN members combined with an enthusiastic group of parents, teachers and students of Taroona Primary School to plant trees, shrubs and ground covers on the western side of the school. TEN members also assisted in clearing dead vegetation and weeds and removing green waste. A most enjoyable and productive morning in beautiful sunny conditions was followed the next day by a gentle rain to provide the plants with an ideal start.
We're delighted to announce the completion of our podcast trail - "Taroona Coastal Discovery Trail". As you walk the coastal track you can listen to audio interview with 10 local experts on various topics, ranging from the mouhenneener Aboriginal people, the first Europeans to take up land in Taroona, the Shot Tower, Batchelors Grave, coastal plants, shells, algae, birds and the health of the Derwent River.
20 interpretive plant totems have just been installed throughout the schools bushland. Taroona Primary School, with the help of TEN, applied for an NRM grant to fund the production of the totems.
A nice relaxing, sunny and social morning was enjoyed by seven volunteers as we made our way from Melinga Place through to Norwood Avenue foreshore. We dealt with small seedlings, most of which could be hand-pulled, including boneseed, canary broom, briar, blackberry, cotoneaster and the odd South Australian invasive wattle (Acacia pycnantha) and South African cape wattle. Also dealt with two large fennel plants on the Melinga Beach foreshore.
TAROONA PARK BUSHLAND - After a chilly start, we soon warmed up as we 'grazed' our way across the bushland. This piece of remnant bushland is very healthy, with Jane, Rowena, Ann and Fi having to deal with only the occasional small cotoneaster, blackberry, briar rose and boneseed. The far northern boundary, adjacent IMAS and the DPIPWE properties is not so great, with Nigel, John and Gustaaf being buried in blackberry for a couple of hours.
Recently TEN was awarded an NRM Naturally Inspired Grant for $4400 to record the natural values of Taroona's marine and intertidal environment. TEN will be working with local marine scientists and students at Taroona High School to undertake the surveys of our marine and intertidal species. The area of focus will be from Dixons Reef to Crayfish Point. There will be opportunity for members of the local community to also participate in collection of data at several 'Intertidal Field Days' (planned for Spring 2013).