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    Rainforest Restoration Tour & Workshop

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    Restoration is like baking a cake: you need a recipe, some basic ingredients and a willingness to listen, observe, and learn. No-one makes a cake right first try, right? Join Ecologist Bill Peel for a workshop on rainforest restoration and a tour of his home's rainforest restoration project. Learn about how to approach rainforest restoration in the Bellingen climate.

    This workshop will include:

    - A tour of a pre-regen site at the Point on the Bellinger River

    - A tour of a home restoration project that hosts many rare and threatened species of plants and animals, some of which are breeding there; and

    - Handouts: listing restoration and weed manuals, books on plant identification, propagation, and local contacts.

    Learn the basic toolkit to begin YOUR PROJECT:

    o What plants;
    o Staging: planting sequences, seasons and the right plants;
    o When and where to plant;
    o Where to obtain your plants (propagate or buy);
    o How and when to weed;
    o How to manage it so you succeed and enjoy the restoration;
    o Project ideas for all budgets and sites; and
    o Measuring success

    ABOUT OUR PROJECT: It began in 2014 as a Camphor Laurel forest with a privet understorey; on an ephemeral tributary of Connell Creek. Now a thriving ecosystem it hosts over 300 plant species (180 are self- regenerating), 147 birds recorded (50 birds breeding), 18 reptiles, 12 mammals, 10 frogs, and innumerable butterflies invertebrates and fungi. The project protects and provides habitat for: o 2 nationally threatened ecological communities o 7 threatened plants; o 1 threatened mammal; and o 30 migratory birds. AND IT IS ONLY 0.2 OF A HECTARE!

    Morning and afternoon tea provided

    This tour accommodates a maximum of 10 people - so bookings are essential.

    Meet 1pm Sunday 16th June at The Point, James Eather Drive, Bellingen.

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