Allendale Landcare calls for help with Blackheath survey

Bill and Eva Johnstone with fellow Allendale Landcare volunteers.
Bill and Eva Johnstone with fellow Allendale Landcare volunteers.

Citizen Science projects are returning to the Mountains.

Allendale Landcare will host its first events since the lifting of lockdown restrictions at Blackheath starting on Saturday, October 30.

The plan is to study vegetation recovery post the bushfires of December 2019.

Under the guidance of ecologist Wyn Jones and bushcare specialist James Bevan, participants will also examine and record whether any small mammals or birds have taken up residence in the 33 nesting boxes that were installed to mimmick marsupial hollows that were lost after the fires.

The survey program is made possible by a grant from Blue Mountains Council and is the furst of what will be six-monthly monitoring field days.

Participants will be asked to complete a survey, with results published in an interum report on the benefits of taking part in Landcare activities scheduled for compiling after March 2022.

"We hope to receive further grant funding so that we can continue this monitoring and social recovery study," said Allendale Landcare co-ordinator Eva Johnstone.

Field surveys will be held on the following dates and times: Saturday, October 30, 9am to 1pm; Saturday, November 13, 9am to 1pm; and Friday, November 26, 9am to noon.

The events are fully catered.

Numbers are limited to 10 people for the first two field days and up to 20 for the third.

Everyone must be fully vaccinated and be able to show their COVID-19 vaccination certificate upon entry.

Call or text Eva Johnstone on 0432 321 730 for more information or to register your participation.