2011 May - Main Street Blitz Phase 2 - planting handsThe partnership between Tamborine Mountain Landcare and Tamborine Bush Volunteers in restoring the strip of rainforest along Main Street near the RSL War Memorial is set to continue with Phase 2 scheduled for Saturday 4th June from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Mountain residents, especially families and children, are invited to take part in helping our native birds and animals to survive and thrive by planting a tree or shrub that will contribute towards the restoration of their wild habitat. Over the years the loss of habitat through the invasion of foreign pest plants like lantana, morning glory and privet (to mention only three) has contributed greatly to the loss of native flora and fauna species. By eradicating these pests as was done in Phase 1 of the Main Street blitz, and by the replanting of native varieties as planned for Phase 2, we will be helping restore the ecological diversity of our mountain’s rainforests.

Because of their diet and nesting needs the rare and timid Albert’s Lyrebird can live only in this type of forest.  Rarely seen but often heard at this time of year the males are courting and are even better than parrots at copying the calls of other birds and can even mimic sounds like ambulance sirens, cameras and chainsaws.

Native forest edge plants, certified by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, will be supplied and advice on how best to ensure that they grow and flourish will be available from the dedicated volunteers on site. These plants are attractive to wallabies, birds, butterflies and stick insects, which live in this forest as well as in our gardens.

For a pleasant morning in good company pursuing an activity with enormous wildlife ramifications and great job satisfaction make a note of Saturday 4th June in your diaries, and for further information on this joint project Contact the TBV Coordinator - Len or local Landcare representative John Bestevaar on 5545 1240 or email Josephus [AT] people [DOT] net [DOT] au.

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