Today the grade four students walked to the sand dunes to do some revegetation in the area.
Revegetation is the process of replanting and rebuilding the soil of disturbed land.
Anne, from the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, and Brett and Maddie, from Barwon Coast, met us at the sand dunes for our session. Anne and Maddie discussed some interesting facts about the dunes, including:
- Hooded plovers nest in the dunes, which is why people should try to keep away from the area. They are a rare and threatened species.
- Hooded plovers are different to the Spur Winged Plover (or Masked Lapwing), which are common and tend to swoop.
- Foxes endanger the hooded plovers and their eggs.
- Fox bait is placed in the dunes to keep foxes away. It is deadly for pets and humans.
- It is very important to read the signs at the beach to comply with rules and regulations.
We then laid branches on the sand path in the dunes to form brush matting. This helps to prevent people from standing on the new plants and protects the area to help it flourish. We planted bush grass plants amongst the brush matting.
We had a lot of fun learning more about our local environment and helping with the planting process. We should all try to care for our beautiful surroundings in every way that we can.
The slideshow below shows us enjoying our revegetation experience!