Contribute your time during Earth Week.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next working bee will be on Saturday the 26th of April, from 9 am till 1:30 pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate. If you come later, walk along the dog walking beach heading South for 50 m and you will spot us loping Bitou bush on the front dune. During the last dry spring and hot summer we sweep through the whole site with our hands, 4.75 hectares, pulling seedlings of Bitou Bush. This work also give us a chance to see what is happening with the site’s natural regeneration and we have great news, many seedlings of natives where spotted included more threatened species. So now we are ready for more primary work and new volunteers our welcome. We have 15 pairs of loppers, so if you have some spare time and want to learn how to restore the dunes using the chemical free strategy please come and join us.

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Easter with-out Rain.

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Beautiful early morning work starts on my lantana front. Cooler which makes slashing and mulching lantana quite easy. My diet has been lacking in carbohydrate which is signalled in the smell of ammonia in sweat. Easily remedied with the intake of more water and rectifying the balance in my diet.
view-on-the-way-to-lantana-mulching.

Visitors due so off to the garden for vegetables for stir fry

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/chinas-choice/2014/apr/18/china-one-fifth-farmland-soil-pollution

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Weeds Network site.

After the disappointment and sadness I felt after the 2 platypus bodies were found earlier this week, I took my torch out for a night walk and sighted what I thought was a Eastern Barred Bandicoot. When I looked up its range/habitat location it doesn’t appear to supposed to be this far north. A photo in this week’s local paper (Echo ) of the Eastern Barred looks very similar to what I saw. Unfortunately I did not get any photos.

Instead a photo of my kale, sorrel and mint pie. Great taste combination.
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I recommend forwarding the Weedsnetwork site to any-one you know who still argue that herbicides are safe and that Round-up is benign in water and soil.

http://weedsnetwork.com/traction?type=digest_html&proj=WeedsNews&sdate=20140317&edate=20140415

http://www.echo.net.au/2014/04/fish-wiped-ocean-shores/

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Platypus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platypus

2 platypus bodies were found near herbicide poisoned coral trees in the next valley to here during the week-end. I hope we can find out the reason for their deaths.

Unfortunately the poisoning of the coral trees along river banks is continuing unabated. There has to be a better way land-care, with-out the addiction to herbicides.

Another odd development here too this year is the number of dead cane toads I have found in my gardens. No sign of external injury so I would like to find out what is happening to them.
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This is a herbicide sprayed and injected site near here. Most of the run-off with our recent rains will be widely distributed, eventually out into the ocean.

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KOALA CORRIDOR CHEMICAL FREE PLANTING DAY

DATE: Thursday 17th ApriL
Time: 8.00am onwards
Location: 204 Manse Rd, Myocum
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL JUDY PATERSON 6684449
We are enhancing Koala habitat by planting 220 habitat and Koala food trees as part of the Byron / Tweed Shire Koala Connections Project.

The project aims to increase the movement between the populations of coastal koalas and those in the hinterland to give a better future for koalas.

The site is on private land and has been prepared for planting without using chemicals. Holes will be dug already.

Please wear sun protective gear, long sleeves, trousers and broad brim hat, wear covered shoes.

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Another country wants to protect its workers and ecology.

Perhaps we will be the last country to ban glyphosate, but we will get there.

Brazil’s federal public prosecutor has requested that the Justice Department immediately suspend use of glyphosate, which is the most widely used herbicide in the country and a primary element of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide brand.

Also, according to reports in Brazilian media, the prosecutor is seeking a challenge to ban other potentially harmful chemicals as well.
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Chemical Free bush regenerators needed for a few hours a week during our winter working season. More local land-holders are looking for part-time workers.

Contact me at chemfreeregen@gmail.com

Because our media neglects to report anything other than economic “progress ” out of China, have a look at this article from Vice.

http://www.vice.com/read/maoming-china-environmental-protests-clashes-paraxylene

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First of more to come.

As the cyclone moved closer to land in Northern Queensland, our day couldn’t have been better for the visit of a large class of pre-teens from a Mullumbimby school. My initial apprehension evaporated after our steep climb to our chemical free work site during which the odd foot was presented to me to remove a leech or two. But once the climb was over every-one viewed a bower and a turkey mound as well as exploring the ground for insects and fungi.
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The delight for me was to see all the children having fun in the creek at the causeway before they headed back to town and to the beginning of their school holidays.

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