Now who’s a galah?

At our May 2016 Dawn Road Reserve Bushcare working bee, volunteers were treated to a special encounter with a pair of delicately coloured birds who seemed quite interested in what we were doing but not at all put off by our presence. With their rose-pink head, neck and underbelly, a paler pink crest with a…

Despite the heat, the February Dawn Road Bushcare Group got down to work with lots of enthusiasm

Many hands in 2016 …

Dawn Road Reserve Bushcare’s next 2-hour working bee is on Sunday, September 11, 2016, from 8am, at the end of McConachie Court. Please come along and join our happy crew as we do lots of important work in your neighbourhood. *** Remember to at least wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, a broad-brimmed hat and sturdy, closed…

Another pink tie marking a healthy new plant in the Dawn Road Reserve Bushcare revegetation zone.

What do pink ties mean?

When the Dawn Road Reserve Bushcare volunteers position new plants along the special revegetation zone, they usually place a protective mesh cylinder around them until the plants are big enough to withstand the weather. Then, when the cylinders are removed, the growing plants are tagged with pink ties to distinguish them from weed species that…

The striking blue triangle butterfly in the Dawn Road Reserve

Blue triangle butterfly

The stunning blue triangle butterfly (Graphium sarpedon) is very active and frequently seen around the Dawn Road Reserve. Also known as the common bluebottle swallowtail, its host plant is usually camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora) trees, a serious weed that can be found across the Reserve. It will also feed on other, nectar-rich native plants. Sources:…

Monarch butterfly rests on Brazilian nightshade weeds in the Dawn Road Reserve

Monarch butterfly

UPDATE (25/1/2016): Watch the fascinating lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly online. Known as the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus or wanderer butterfly), this insect is referred to by enthusiasts as the king of butterflies. While this insect is a regular visitor to the Dawn Road Reserve from late summer onwards for up to eight months (their usual…