Informative beach walk during Indian Ocean Festival gets everyone talking!

Local’s feedback was that it was one of the best guided beach walks ever!

Eager participants were given the opportunity to collect and learn firsthand about the interesting seaweeds/seagrasses washed up on the beach, from Dr Mic Payne, Coastal and Marine Program Coordinator, NACC last Saturday 8 November.

Participants were also shown the different types of native plants which can be found on their local beach and the weeds threatening the ecosystem. Interesting tracks made by local dune dwellers were also discovered, which indicated there could be hopping mice, lizards and ghost crabs present. One surprize finding from the tracks was the extent to which galahs are feeding on the dune vegetation. This gave attendees a different perspective of the coast and its ecology.

“It was fantastic to see a range of age groups from 2 years old to 65 year olds, enjoying the hands-on, interactive experience and everything that our dynamic coastline has to offer” said Philippa Schmucker, NRM Officer, NACC.

This event was organised as part of the Indian Ocean Festival celebrations at Jurien Bay and has been a rewarding success. Feedback from attendees stated they found the walk very informative and enjoyed being outside in a relaxed environment.

To conclude the walk, a scrumptious morning tea was served, catered by the CWA. The event was proudly funded by the Department of Planning through their Coastwest program, administered by the West Midlands Group.

Media contact: Jennifer Bairstow, phone 9651 4008, email jennifer@wmgroup.org.au

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