Students skill up on coastal weed management

During September and October 2017 the Bellarine Catchment Network hosted environmental education sessions in The Narrows for student groups from Geelong Lutheran College and Bellarine Secondary College.

Activities included identification of various species and their value and discussions about bridal creeper biological control, woody weed identification and Coastal Moonah Woodland management.

The two groups also completed a total of three hours work removing Polygala and Italian Buckthorn from The Narrows.

Feedback indicates that the sessions are informative and contribute to practical skills, with students noting that they now are able to identify weeds in The Narrows project sites, and a teacher describing the time spent on the sites as “an invaluable experience”.

The sessions were conducted by Matt Crawley, Program Manager, Bellarine Catchment Network and Caring For Our Bays.