Heads of Botany Bay
Cubs Scouts and Fishcare
It was a magnificent Autumn Day for the 30th Anniversary of Clean Up Australia. Little Bay Scouts, Cubs and one Fishcare volunteer came together under the La Perouse Coastcare banner to clean up around Port Botany – Molineux and Bumborah Point around to Yarra Bay. In all there were 11 adults (8 females/3 males) and 13 children (5 females/8 males). Anil from Randwick Council called by beforehand to distribute tickets to a screening of Blue at Randwick Ritz as well as prizes for the cubs. While there were still a lot of cigarette butts to collect plastic bottles were well down and the few collected were taken away to the return and earn facility.
Rubbish difficult to access between the rocks on revetment wall
Gates at heritage listed Prince of Wales Drive
La Perouse Coastcare in action
Heritage listed Banks’ Wall Port Botany
Banks Wall – popular for fishing
Spearfisher Jack and his prized campervan
From Bumborah Point to Yarra Bay
Dominic in action
Readings taken today: Phosphate=0.07 mg/L; Dissolved Oxygen low at 3.4 mg/L (35%); Electrical Conductivity (salinity) = 450; pH = 6; Temperature = 17 degrees; Turbidity = 7 FTU; E.coli = 100 colonies per 100ml
Cyathea australis a major feature around the Happy Valley bridge
Piece of iron
Pathway overgrown with Lantana
Old building rubble now exposed in bank
On a Weeds Field trip to the Central Coast today to see Sicilian Sea Lavender –Limonium hyblaeum (Plumbaginaceae) – in situ at Saratoga Nature Reserve before its eradication. This invasive species which destroys native salt marsh species, has already taken hold in Victoria . Fortunately it has only been recorded in NSW at Saratoga and Lake Conjelligo. Thanks to Nicola Nixon for organising the trip.
One of the pollinators of Sicilian Sea Lavender
Paul Marynissen talking about Sicilian Sea Lavender at Saratoga Nature Reserve
Photographing mangroves in the new wellies
View from Saratoga Nature Reserve
From Saratoga Nature Reserve
Exposed roots of Sicilian Sea Lavender
Checking dune species at Saratoga Nature Reserve
More weed species at Saratoga Nature Reserve
Paul Marynissen talking about Kudzu
Another disturbing incursion has been the Kudzu( Pueraria lobata) observed in a number of locations on the Central Coast and Northern NSW.
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Scouts on Rocks
The weather was perfect this morning for the annual clean up of Molineux and Bumborah Points at Port Botany.
Rubbish and Recycling Bags Bumborah
Scouts and Cubs at Bumborah
The Molineux group
Cycling at Molineux
On the rocks at Molineux
La Perouse Coastcare at Molineux
Bag from Bumborah
Bag on the beach
Cleaning up butts in the bush at Molineux
Container Ship and Wake through Heads of Botany Bay
Water Testing yesterday at Congwong Lagoon: Water Temperature 23; pH 6; Electrical Conductivity 680; Turbidity 18; Coliforms 1300 per 100ml; Dissolved oxygen 4.7 (55%) Phosphate 0.06 ppm.
In 2013 Caltex was responsible for a major oil spill in Botany Bay and in April 2015 undertook to provide funds for work on the Gross Pollutant Trap that filters stormwater entering Congwong Lagoon.
Photos from yesterday including signs at the entry to the Beach (6 poles but no bike rack).
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