Hay Plains Landcare '4 Seasons of Seed' Final Workshop
25 Nov 2021
The final workshop for the Hay Plains Landcare ‘4 Seasons of Seed’ series was held on the last Friday in October at Marg and Colin Bull’s Conargo property, Oakville. The focus of this day was site management, and it was led by Australian Network for Plant Conservation Healthy Seeds Project Manager, Martin Driver.
Image: Martin Driver identifying a seedling from 2020 direct seeding paddock on Marg and Colin Bull's property Oakville
Discussion focused on correct site preparation when planting or direct sowing seed with Martin advising that weeds need to be controlled at least one metre around seedlings to reduce moisture loss from the site. Plantings that were conducted on sandhills during the 4 Seasons of Seed workshop at Oakville in July were checked with some seedlings showing obvious moisture stress and no apparent germination from the direct sowing.
However, a second 2020 direct seeded germination site had many various native plants established with the take home message being that seeds will germinate in their time. Further discussions at Oakville included the inspection of a huge, ancient Moonah tree that survived the 1987 all-over property fire which was now fenced with rabbit proof fencing and the observation of a hydraulic arm that Colin has had fitted to his tractor to remove large box thorns.
Second stop for the day was a fenced, private 40-hectare remnant vegetation site on “Waterloo”, a site south of Hay on the Hay to Conargo Road. Fenced by Bert Barnes in 1958, over 200 different plant species have been documented on the site. Bird sounds were prolific as the group walked through the area observing many species including flowering emu bushes, sugar woods and miljee and fruiting orange seeded ruby saltbushes. Further stops at Waterloo included the remains of the historic woolshed and a visit to some rare and unique Quorn mallee trees.
Publications released on the day included:
- Oakville – Revegetation and Regeneration
- Revegetation Guide – Hay and Surrounds
- information on Waterloo
- Rangelands Plant Identification Guide.
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