October Conservation

P1000358The Belties are back!  Autumn has arrived on Box Hill and the cattle have returned to take over the grassland conservation work.  Look out for them in the Zig Zag valley (14 of them) and Lower Viewpoint (just 6).  Not that this means the Box Hill NT volunteers can now take it easy as there is still plenty of work to do.  The Belties are just a little fussy over what they eat so the volunteers have been tasked with getting rid of the nasty prickly hawthorn and other scrub that the cattle won’t touch before they move into their new areas.  Scrub clearance work has already been finished on the slopes above the old Military Road (bearing in mind that the objective is to thin it out not completely remove it) and work has started on Dukes.  It’s all a balance between clearance and leaving enough for the invertebrates to have shelter over winter.

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