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There are many dedicated community groups that are helping to protect Melbourne’s environment and waterways. Today, our Yarra Catchment Spotlight shines the light on the great work of Friends of Wilson Reserve.
Friends of Wilson Reserve
Wilson Reserve is a Council-owned patch on the north bank of the Yarra, jammed between sports fields, Ivanhoe public golf course and suburban housing estates.
The group formed in April 1996, to organise volunteer work to help restore the bushland of part of the Middle Yarra, from its very degraded state. We are now approaching our 25th anniversary – almost 300 working bees and newsletters, and about 40,000 hours of volunteer effort over a quarter century.
We generally weed (100 species of weeds!) 10 months of the year and plant 2 months, depending on whether it’s a wet or dry year. We’ve completed 270 monthly frog surveys, recording seasonal behaviour of our 8 local species, monitored our 22 bat roost boxes 160 times and accumulated 5000 bat capture records of 5 bat species, and have contributed hundreds of records to Fungimap and iNaturalist, assembled a bird list of 130 species.
We meet the 3rd Sunday most months for a 2-hour working bee at some site along the 1 km of riverbank trails and usually finish up with a morning cuppa and a cake and much friendly chat. I’m out in the woodland every day for an hour or two of weeding and watering, to keep reveg sites in good condition.
Our next working bee is on Sunday, 13 December, from 10 a.m., and will be a mix of planting and weeding. To find out exactly where, contact Robert Bender on firstname.lastname@example.org, or 0487 331 728.
Keep up to date with their latest activities and follow Friends of Wilson Reserve on Facebook
Thank you to Robert Bender for providing the text and images for this Yarra Catchment Spotlight