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Campus conservation connection

Friday, 28 July 2017

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Concerned with the extensive loss of remnant bushland around ECU’s Joondalup campus, a group School of Science post-grad and undergraduate students have joined forces to regenerate a patch of bushland close to the building 21 car park. Calling themselves WildCampus, the group takes pride in their campus environment and sees the potential for their bushland regeneration initiative to enhance conservation and a connection to the natural environment. With conservation in mind, their goal is to restore native remnant vegetation on the Joondalup Campus. The Campus provides important flora and habitat for the endangered Carnaby’s black-cockatoo which roosts, feeds and nests in the area. They are also passionate about many of the native plant species found within the campus remnant bushland, particularly the surprising diversity of native orchid species.

To date, the group has done flora surveys, has been successful in applying for a Banksia seedling donation (through BirdLife WA), and they have carried out weeding (focussing on removal of an invasive South African veldt grass) in preparation for a big planting day that happened on Sunday the 16th of July 2017. They had 40 volunteers involved on the planting day and were able to plant 1300 seedlings, which included plant species native to the area. It was a great way to get students and staff involved with the campus remnant bushland and hope to get more volunteers for future regeneration sessions. If you are interested in volunteering with the group, please contact Candice Le Roux via email candice.leroux@ecu.edu.au

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