Monday, June 10, 2013

planting a platypus picnic

I had a terrific time at the Platypus Picnic held this weekend. The Birdsland Environment Gardening Gang (the BeeGees) organised the day and it was a great opportunity for families who want to improve the environment in a family friendly way to do so.

Activities included fun with Peter the Platypus, learning about what platypus like to eat and planting habitat for platypus. A range of other activities were on offer but the children were very happy to get their hands dirty planting along the Monbulk Creek and this kept them amused for most of the afternoon.

It was great to see the children working together to get their plants in the ground with very little guidance required, these kids already knew what to do!
The wonderful group of volunteers who organised the days
activities, well done to Kerry, Clare, Jordan, Jimmy and Elicia.
The BeeGees is a great new initiative, based at Birdsland and launched at this year's MiniBeast Festival, it aims to provide a fun environment in which families and their children can take part in environmental and gardening activities, whilst increasing their knowledge of the world around them.

Well done to organisers, what a great way to improve the environment and have fun doing so, much of the Monbulk Creek is very degraded and this revegetation work is vital to improving the quality of the waterway and improving the habitat of those vertebrates and invertebrates that live in it including our iconic local, the platypus.

With ongoing work the health of
Monbulk Creek can be restored so
it's premium habitat for platypus
and our other waterway creatures.


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