Monthly Archives: February 2020

February Bushcare – After the Deluge

Careful what you wish for – 220mm of rain was certainly welcome, but also rearranged quite a bit of the landscape within Else Mitchell.

An ephemeral creek in full flow

The sheer volume of water was most unusual, even flowing over the top of the dam, which might have been unprecedented. Of course, the planks on the bridge were washed away, as usual.

Floating away
Big water moved big wood…and note the heavy bridge plank that ended up at top of gully
Rain impact

January 2020 Bushcare – Heat and Dust

The hot and dry summer continued into 2020 and the plants were suffering.

Multiple days of 40-plus temperatures were having an impact, with the tree ferns by the bridge in obvious distress.

Suffering tree ferns

On a positive note, the local community was doing what it could to alleviate the stress on flora and fauna. People (including bushcare members) watered plants, while others placed water bowls around the reserve.

There was even a “Wildlife feeding and watering station”, with a sign that ended “Thanks, and stay safe” – a reminder of the dangerous fire season this summer.