Hoary Sunray (C.O’Meara)
Welcome to the July 2014 edition of the FoMM newsletter. A big thank you to all those who volunteered at the June working bee, it was an enormous success after being delayed by rain the week before. The she-oak planting went ahead in brilliant weather conditions, and with 16 planters and the holes prepared prior to the event, the planting was done in no time. Encouragingly, long-time FoMM member Noel Birchall heard the calls of Glossy Black Cockatoos when he was up at Majura Ridge on the morning of the planting day.
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, many of us were heartened recently by the sighting of the first Hoary Sunray (Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor), an endangered daisy, to naturally germinate at The Fair rehabilitation site. See a photo of it below. We are also starting to see other species self seeding in the area such as Clustered Everlasting Daisies (Chrysocephalum semipapposum) and Blue Heron Bill (Erodium crinitum). They are only germinating in amongst the planted seedlings where mulch and woody debris has been spread. This is protecting them from grazing and erosion as well as providing some extra nutrients to the soil. Nice to know we are doing something right!
See you on the mountain.
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