Community dig deep for their foreshore

There was a strong sense of community spirit last week, as school students and local volunteers dug deep to plant about 340 native seedlings along the Leeman Foreshore.

Years Four, Five and Six students from Leeman Primary School along with members of the Shire of Coorow, community volunteers and the NACC team, took part in the revegetation day.

The project, now in its second year, aims to benefit the coastal dune system by defining access along the coast, in addition to stabilising and rehabilitating the area.

NACC Natural Resource Management Officer based in Jurien Bay, Philippa Schmucker, led a coastal walk with the students and said it was a great way for them to engage with their natural surroundings.

“The group talked about plants and their adaptations, importance of rehabilitation using local flora species especially in a changing climate, beach wrack and fauna species in the area,” she said.

“The students were also lucky enough to have an Osprey land on a pole above their heads with a fresh fish in its talons.

“This paved the way for us to talk about the importance of birds, fish and local marine and terrestrial plants in the coastal ecosystem.”

She said the group also discussed the importance of brushing, to assist with reducing erosion and retaining moisture and have trialled the laying of brush around seedlings, as a barrier instead of using tree guards.

Infill planting and brushing was also undertaken at the Dee Street boat ramp site to enhance the work completed at the same time last year by the School and community.

A photo monitoring point was set up to monitor changes at the site on an annual basis, which will show natural rehabilitation and growth of planted local species. It will also help to monitor any changes to the coastal foreshore system within the photographs field of view.

Plants were kindly funded through the West Midlands Group.

The project was coordinated by the Leeman Coastcare group, NACC and is supported by the Shire of Coorow.

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