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Woody weed watch: Sweet Pittosporum (Pittosporum undulatum) is native to the eastern states of Australia. Often planted as a hedging plant, it can escape into verges and surrounding bushland areas of the South West via bird droppings. It grows very well in regions that have been altered by human impact and can out-compete Western Australian natives. Habitat fragmentation of native bushland allows seedlings to develop rapidly. Young plants thrive on high nutrient levels and fertilizer runoff, giving them an extra edge over indigenous plants that don’t grow well with high nutrient inputs. Recommended control measures include total removal of larger trees, hand weeding of smaller trees or saplings that may arise after removing large trees, or application of a suitable herbicide.#woodyweeds #bayok #busselton #gardening #dunsborough #nativegardendesign ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

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Our focus here at GeoCatch is to keep Geographe Bay healthy by protecting and enhancing the natural environment in our catchment. While focusing on our catchment, it is important to be aware of other environmental issues across Australia. Every five years, the Australian Government releases a detailed report entitled Australia: State of the Environment. The new information has recently been released, highlighting the key pressures facing our natural environment. To access a full copy of the report, go to soe.dcceew.gov.au/ ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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The winter solstice has now passed and the lengthening days signal our plants to start growing. So, what should we be doing in our gardens this winter? The Noongar season of Djilba (August – September) is a transitional time of year and the start of mass flowering across South West bushland areas. To make the most of this flowering period and prepare for warmer weather, you can now apply soil wetter, add clay and compost and a generous layer of mulch. For more tips on preparing your garden for the seasons ahead, read the full article at www.geocatch.asn.au/bay-ok-winter-tips-for-the-garden/#bayok #busselton #dunsborough #healthyestuarieswa #nativegardens #geocatch #noongar6seasons #gardenguardians ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

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It's #WaterbirdWednesday!This week we take a close look at the Great Egret, an elegant visitor to our local wetlands and occasionally the shallows of Geographe Bay. These waders walk slowly through the shallows, feeding on fish and other small aquatic creatures.During the breeding season, the Great Egret's bill turns black and their long hair-like feathers called 'nuptial plumes' hang across their lower back.The Great Egret is found in coastal areas Australia wide and is endangered in Western Australia. #WaterbirdWednesday #WAEstuaries #revitalisinggeographewaterways ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

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The ringtail tally is now complete. Our 2022 Ringtail Tally possum box winner is Steven. He surveyed for 13 nights and recorded 3 individual western ringtail possums in his backyard.Steve’s survey efforts help us monitor ringtail numbers over time and show just how valuable our backyard habitats are to their survival.The information gathered in the Tally is used as a reference for population trends, future planning decisions and conservation projects. Keep an eye out for this year’s Ringtail Tally results that will be shared with the community next month.To find out more about the Ringtail Tally and past results visit www.geocatch.asn.au/living-with-possums/possum-tally/Want to build and install your own possum box ? visit our website for tips on how www.geocatch.asn.au/possum-boxes-2/#possums#westernringtailpossum#ringtailtally#busselton #dunsborough #petsaway #australiannativewildlife #geocatch ... See MoreSee Less
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