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Volunteers clean up Samphire Cove Nature Reserve

Samphire Cove volunteers repainting a structure at the nature reserve
Samphire Cove volunteers repainting a structure at the nature reserve Nicole Godfrey, Parks and Wildlife

A group of enthusiastic local volunteers is helping transform Mandurah’s Samphire Cove Nature Reserve.

The Friends of Samphire Cove Group formed in 2013 in response to complaints of anti-social behaviour at the nature reserve, which is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Conservation officer Nicole Godfrey said the group meet at the reserve at 9am on the last Sunday of the month to clean up rubbish, repair damage to fences, paint out graffiti, spray weeds, plant seedlings and oil bird hides, before enjoying morning tea.

“Thanks to the dedicated work of group members, we’re now seeing families walking in Samphire Cove Nature Reserve and bird watchers spotting native species,” Ms Godfrey said.

“Groups such as the Mandurah Herbarium volunteers have held educational walks at the site.

“Samphire Cove is also a great place to take wildlife photos and to appreciate the natural estuary vegetation.

“It is part of the Peel-Yalgorup wetland system, which is a wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention.”

Ms Godfrey said there had been a reduction in the volume of rubbish left in the nature reserve and fewer incidents of antisocial behaviour since the Friends of Samphire Cove began volunteering.

“It is really pleasing and a credit to community members who care about the reserve and the natural environment,” she said.

“The department values these community partnerships because they are a key part of our strategic directions.”

The Friends of Samphire Cove welcomes new members. Contact organiser Barry Small http://canoetrailfriendsmandurahandpinjarra.blogspot.com.au/

 

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