Creating habitat for endangered Western Ringtail possums
A whopping 100-plus volunteers arrived with gloves and planting trowels to get nearly 2000 native plants into the ground to create habitat for critically endangered Western ringtail possums along the banks of the Margaret River near Kevill Falls.
The revegetation work in the riparian zone near the banks of the river enhanced existing wildlife habitat, building on four years of work by Nature Conservation volunteers.
“This was the final planting in a targeted five-year habitat enhancement project covering more than two hectares,” says Lauren Scanlon, NCMRR’s Western ringtail possum coordinator. “It’s just so heart-warming and incredible to see this many people turn out to help with this habitat enhancement project and help protect Western ringtail possums!”
Greening the Margaret River and spreading good vibes
Among the volunteers were our guides Andrew, Rusty and Trev. “Such an amazing day to be part of,” says Trev. “So many trees planted for the possums, awesome people, magical weather and epic sharing of culture by local custodian Zac Webb.”
Also taking part in the planting was Margaret River resident and keen hiker Alex Tost. He was joined by his wife Nancy and their daughters Evelyn and Marnie. “We had such a great day. It was epic to get our hands dirty and plant so many trees and shrubs. It feels good to give back to this amazing place we live. And what a great turnout with a pretty special feeling of community spirit,” he said.
One of Margaret River’s best beaches gets some love
The second planting session focussed on coastal conservation. It included important brushing and planting at Redgate Beach. It was held later the same day. More than 30 volunteers turned out, getting the planting and brushing work done in less than 30 minutes.
Nestled between granite outcrops, Redgate beach is renowned for its gorgeous sandy beach and surf break. It’s also one of the more spectacular beaches that form part of the Cape to Cape Track. “But this beautiful beach is in need of some love,” says NCMRR coastal officer Mandy Edwards. “It was amazing to see so many dedicated people help to restore the dunes with brushing and planting. Brushing with native tree prunings helps slow erosion. It traps sand and windborne seed. And protects new seedlings. It’s a simple way for us to contribute towards the protection of this fragile environment. Plus it’s great fun and an awesome way to meet new people and give nature a helping hand.”
How to get involved with Nature Conservation Margaret River Region
Nature Conservation Margaret River Region is always on the lookout for volunteers. So if you’re a Margaret River local or just visiting, visit their website to find out what volunteering opportunities are available. We’ll certainly be there supporting the Nature Conservation team! Thanks for all your amazing work.
To see Margaret River’s best multi-day hike with us, book your self-guided adventure on the Cape to Cape Track. Or walk with our expert guides on our 8-Day Guided End-to-End adventure. And we’ll see you on the Track soon!