Busy bees in the bush

It’s been a busy time in the corridor this week.  Weed control through the cleared areas has almost been completed.  Many of the weeds have been effectively controlled through the efforts of the Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor bushcare team and the weed contractors.  If you would like to join in a morning of hand weeding the bushcare team will be at Malvolio Bushland on Saturday morning.  For more information click here.

Seed collection now becomes the key focus of activity.  Several species require collection for either direct seeding or to be grown into tubestock.  Much of the tubestock that will be planted in 2019 is from seed already collected.

Bees on Grass tree flower spike
Bees feeding off Grass tree flower spike

However seed resources are becoming increasingly scarce on the Swan Coastal Plain especially when trying to secure provenance seed for the corridor.

Provenance seed is considered more adapted to local conditions and therefore more likely to grow well in that location.  The intent is to use seed collected no more than 30km from the corridor.  This will be challenging especially for some species which have very poor germination or small populations.

But an experienced team of seed collectors have been engaged to help secure seed resources to ensure the best outcome for rehabilitation.  For more information contact the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Project Manager.

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