A YOUNG goanna emerged to welcome volunteers marking Bushcare’s Big Day Out at Jimmys Beach recently.
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“The presence of a new hatchling means the natural habitat that we are returning to the dunes, is beneficial for the native fauna as well as the flora,” said Kit Streamer a member of the Bitou Buster team.
“An unusual sighting of the hatchling at that spot showed how important the work is in regenerating coastal bushland as habitat for our wildlife.”
Seventeen volunteers turned up to clear bitou bush, asparagus weed and mother-of-millions on the dunes at the west end of Jimmys Beach, near Barns Rock.
They were assisted by seven-year-old Lucy, granddaughter of members Trish and Gordon Blair.
Bitou Busters of Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens were amongst hundreds of volunteer groups marking Bushcare’s Big Day Out.
Once called Bushcare’s Major Day Out, it merged last year with Conservation Volunteers Australia.
Marking this National Environment Day, 250 bush care sites across Australia celebrated Bushcare’s Big Day Out. It was a day designed to give every Australian the opportunity to find out more about their bushland, what is being done and what can be done so that it thrives.
Bitou Busters Co-ordinator Jill Madden said, “The volunteers work once a month during March to October at different sites around the Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens area and always welcome new members looking for a useful role that offers a morning working in the bush with friends.”