Many Hands is moving!

Thanks for checking the Dawn Road Reserve Bushcare Group website and welcome back for 2017. This year we will still be updating the website with select images and information but we are moving our monthly “Many hands” posts and photos onto Facebook and Instagram, including the freshest updates from the working bees. Don’t forget to Follow…

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…

Koala in Dawn Road Reserve (May 23, 2015)

Koala sighting

UPDATE (January, 2016): On New Year’s Day, 2016, we saw a smaller koala in the same tree and noted evidence around the base and up the trunk of significant scrapings and climbing marks! This is wonderful news. Will try to get a photo of this second koala over the coming weeks, but they are shy…

Bird survey

The Dawn Road Reserve is filled with birdlife and, led by Dawn Road Reserve Bushcare mentor Janet Mangan, a handful of volunteers combed the reserve for a couple of hours on Saturday morning, May 23, noting and sightings of birds in and around the bushland. From the outset at a point under the powerlines, we…

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:…