Growing Our Future 2018/19

Coffs Harbour City Council approved our application to support a part-time coordinator of our Community Nursery for the second time this year. The first year of a funded Nursery Coordinator (Growing Our Future E.L. project 17/18) was very successful for our Community Nursery.

Our nursery is open on Mondays and Thursday mornings, 9 to 12 and  Anastasia Guise has been appointed to the position.
The volunteers and the nursery benefited greatly from the knowledge and experience of the Coordinator in the first year. Propagation processes were streamlined and propagation rates increased to almost 10,000 plants during the year.
With a dedicated Nursery Coordinator, good quality, correctly identified native plants will be distributed to projects restoring local ecological communities. These plants will improve the resilience and integrity of those communities and ensure our natural environment is sustained for the future.

Indian Myna Control Program

Indian Myna

 

Indian myna nesting in tree hollow

Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare is on the hunt for a very aggressive invader who is having a detrimental impact on some of our treasured locals. The Indian myna is a pest bird that was originally introduced to Australia from – you guessed it – India to control insects in crops. However Indian myna’s are able to adapt to a range of conditions and food sources and have become a huge problem across much of Australia including here on the Mid North Coast. They are posing a threat to our native birds and animals through their competition for nesting hollows in trees and their aggressive territorial behaviour. They displace native animals from their nests in tree hollows and can kill the chicks and eggs of native birds such as our beautiful Rosellas. They also leave an unsightly mess in areas where they roost such as under trees and in stables.

Eastern rosella – the trapping program is to protect these beautiful birds

Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare’s Indian Myna trapping program is aimed at reducing the population of these pesky birds in Coffs Harbour and to prevent them from spreading into other areas. Funding for the program is supported by from North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the National Landcare Program and also from Coffs Harbour City Council.

Our Indian myna trapping program is supported by some very dedicated volunteer coordinators who take traps out to resident’s properties, show them how to set them up and provide tips on how to successfully capture mynas. They then return to pick up the traps and dispose of the birds humanely. In the last 6 months over 700 myna’s have been captured!

Coffs Harbour Landcare would like your help in stopping this invasion in your own backyard.

How you can help…….

  • If you have mynas frequenting your yard please contact Coffs Regional Landcare on 66511308 to take part in our trapping program.
  • Do not put out food for other birds if you see Mynas in your garden
  • Put pet food inside during the day
  • Block holes in roofs and eaves to prevent them nesting
  • Keep palms well trimmed as they also nest in dead fronds still on the tree.
  • Plant a wide range of local native plant species in your yard to attract a variety of birdlife without providing suitable habitat for Mynas
  • Let us know if you already have a trap – a couple of hundred have been distributed around the Coffs area in the last few years but we only know the whereabouts of a handful.

A cage full of trapped Indian myna birds

This program is supported by:

Supporting Community Action in the Coffs Harbour LGA

At the end of June 2018 Coffs Harbour City Council approved Environmental Levy funding to Coffs Harbour Landcare for the next 3 years. In acknowledgement of the vital role the work of Landcare volunteers play in the local environment, Council has taken our volunteer support project into its delivery program of Major Strategic Programs/Projects.
This funding allows our Landcare staff to continue to support volunteers, and provides funding for equipping volunteers with tools, PPE and training.
Each year the project provides funding for
–  The day-to-day volunteer and administrative support by Landcare officers;
–  The training of volunteers including targeted on-site training as well as first aid, chemcert etc.
–  Tools and materials such as hand tools, plants and herbicides for volunteers
–  Personal protective equipment such as insect shield coveralls, hats, sunscreen and first aid kits
–  Insurance
–  Bush regeneration contractor support to perform initial weed control/chemical spraying on sites heavily affected with  environmental weeds.

The project has enabled our volunteers to

  • maintain and enhance native vegetation condition
  • control threatening processes (eg. vine weeds) to protect and rehabilitate endangered and threatened species and ecosystems
  • increase habitat connectivity
  • reduce the impacts of environmental weeds
  • monitor and report new weed incursions
  • improve water quality by minimising riparian erosion and reducing nutrient inputs
  • raise awareness and educate the local community on their local environment

The Friends of Coffs Creek Landcare Group is a great example of what has been achieved under this project. This group works 3 days a week along 9 km of the Coffs Creek riparian zone. They carry out rehabilitation works on around 33 ha of remnant bushland providing approximately 3000 volunteer hours per year. This area is a very important asset to the Coffs Harbour community as it contains two endangered ecological communities and many threatened species can be observed along Coffs Creek including a breeding pair of Powerful Owls, breeding Ospreys and koalas. The Coffs Creek walk is a popular recreational facility for walkers and cyclists.

This project is funded by: