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Egg Islands Volunteer Working Bee | Sat 30, Sun 31 July & Mon 29, Tues 30 August 2016

Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Saturday, 30 July 2016 at 9:00 am - Tuesday, 30 August 2016 at 4:00 pm (AEST)

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Egg Islands Volunteer Working Bee
Over the past seven years, teams of amazing volunteers have assisted the TLC to remove and control a 4.6 hectare infestation of the invasive weed, Spanish heath, at our Egg Islands Reserve.
We will be heading back to the islands over two working bees this winter to make sure the weeds are eradicated! If the idea of boating along the Huon river, experiencing beautiful scenery and achieving conservation in a team of great folk sounds good to you, please join in the fun!
The TLC’s Egg Islands Reserve supports endangered vegetation communities and provides habitat for several threatened fauna species, including the Australasian bittern and swift parrot. The TLC reserve adjoins the Egg Islands Conservation Area and we work cooperatively with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service to manage the weed threat to the islands.
What you need to know
The Activity
We will mostly be strategically searching for and handpulling Spanish heath in an area of wetlands and woodlands. We are also experimenting with New Zealand flax control, which involves cutting back the leaves and painting the cut ends with herbicide. We may also encounter gorse and blackberry weeds, which we will also treat.

The working bee dates are Saturday 30, Sun 31 July and Monday 29, Tuesday 30 August 2016. You can choose to volunteer for one or more days, however you will need to commit for the whole day (9am to 4pm).

Required knowledge and ability
  •  A moderate level of physical fitness. You’ll need to be comfortable walking through tall grasses and bending down regularly.
  • The ability to correctly identify Spanish heath is highly desired but not essential; we can teach this skill to volunteers that are new to this type of work.
  • All volunteers under 18 years of age must be supervised by a parent or guardian.
  • Your safety is our first priority. Before the activity commences you will be asked to complete and sign a Volunteer Safety Form.
We will meet near Maxfields Road, Franklin (3.5 km south of Huonville) on the bank of the Huon River at 9am each day. From the meeting place, we’ll boat approximately 500m over to the island in beautiful wooden dinghies.

Alternatively, volunteers are welcome to assist TLC staff to boat up the river from Franklin meeting at the Living Boat Trust at 8am. All safety equipment, including life jackets, will be provided.

You may choose to drive to Franklin in your own vehicle. Alternatively, if you require a carpooling lift, please indicate this when you register.

What to bring
  •  A sense of fun! You'll be working as part of great volunteer team and with TLC staff.
  • Sturdy waterproof boots (gumboots are perfect).
  • Sufficient clothing to be comfortable in potentially cold or wet weather. Long sleeves will protect you from scratches.
  • You may bring clean gardening gloves and safety goggles although we will be bringing plenty along for those who don't have any.
  • Your own lunch, snacks and a drink.

Please register

We really need a great response so please join us! Please note that spaces are limited to ten participants each day, so register early to ensure you don’t miss out! We will let you know as soon as possible if you have a spot on the activity. Registrations will remain open until 10 August or until sold out.

If you would prefer to register over the phone please call Community Engagement Coordinator Phill Roach on 0438 826 606 Monday toThursday during business hours.

If you would like any more information about the activity, please contact Reserves Manager Denna Kingdom via email: or phone 0424 507 148 Monday to Thursday during business hours.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you out there!

Phill Roach
Community Engagement Coordinator

Have questions about Egg Islands Volunteer Working Bee | Sat 30, Sun 31 July & Mon 29, Tues 30 August 2016? Contact Tasmanian Land Conservancy


Saturday, 30 July 2016 at 9:00 am - Tuesday, 30 August 2016 at 4:00 pm (AEST)

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Tasmanian Land Conservancy

The Tasmanian Land Conservancy is a registered environmental organisation. We raise funds from the public to protect irreplaceable sites, threatened species' habitat, and rare ecosystems by buying and managing private land.

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