People of all ages gave up their time to contribute to the Painted Snipe Project that aims to improve habitat at the swamp just outside town.
“It was great to have such a fantastic turnout of keen locals for the first planting at Gum Swamp,” said Marg Applebee, co- ordinator for Central West Lachlan Landcare (CWLL). “We talked about some of the weed problems that this project will be addressing and then had a chance to plant macrophytes that are better suited to the upper bank’s drier conditions.”
The project focuses on the Painted Snipe, an endangered migratory water bird. “The work here will provide benefits to a wide variety of bird life through improved habitat and with the reduction of weeds, particu- larly Noogoora Burr,” said Marg.
“We will be holding a follow-up planting when the water level is reduced further. Everyone was keen to be involved in the next session, so that is really encouraging,” said Margot Jolly, chairperson of CWLL.
The group finished off with a well-earned morning tea and some interesting discus- sion about Gum Swamp.
The Painted Snipe Project is made possible with funding through the National Land- care Programme, provided by the Central West Local Land Services in partnership with Forbes Shire Council and the Central West Councils Environment and Waterways Alliance.
The focus of the Forbes Landcare Bush- ranger activities is being involved in the community and appreciating our natural environment. Even if you can’t plant and would just like to be part of the activity, you are welcome. If anyone is interested in be- ing involved in our next planting morning, please contact Marg Applebee on 6862 4914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Marg Applebee