Support to Friends of Reserves

Nature Conservation continues to support Friends of Reserves Groups through funding from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Environmental Management Fund.

Staff are working with 5 established groups caring for the A Class Reserve, Barrett Street Reserve, Riverslea Foreshore (including parts of Darch Brook), Gracetown Foreshore and a section of the Wadandi Track in Cowaramup.

Recent working bees have focused on strategic plantings undertaken in:
– Barrett St Reserve – regenerating illegally created mountain bike trails.
– A Class Reserve – regenerating Margaret River foreshore representing prime Western Ringtail Habitat and until recently heavily infested with Sweet Pittosporum.
– Cowaramup Brook – supporting degraded riparian vegetation on the edge of the National Park.
– Wadandi Trail – improving degraded patches in otherwise very good condition vegetation.

Friends Group Forum aims to get groups sharing information

Nature Conservation in partnership with the Augusta Margaret River conducted a Friends of Reserves Forum in May 2018. Representative from 12 Friends of Reserve Groups operating across the Shire of Augusta Margaret River attended the session showcasing their reserves and the hard work undertaken by their volunteers. The Forum was also an opportunity to come together, network, share information and learn from each other.

A common theme from the groups who attended the Forum was that they were keen to promote their groups more in order to attract increased numbers of volunteers. Nature Conservation offered to feature group profiles and contact details in their soon to be revamped Get Involved section of their website. To assist with group promotion and information sharing a reserves ‘Open Day’ is now also planned to showcase the work of these groups and the beautiful reserves they care for to the wider community.

Project Officer: Drew McKenzie