Landcarers explore the Eastern Shore

ABOUT 40 landcarers from the Hobart area were up to their waists in water bug identification at Cambridge Primary School last month.

Participants enthusiastically donned their waders to get up close and personal with the Barilla Rivulet as part of The Eastern Shore Member Outreach BBQ (MOB).

It was hosted by Cambridge Primary School Landcare Group and Glebe Hill Bushland Reserve Landcare Group.

Waterbug Company freshwater ecologist John Gooderham showed participants how to collect waterbugs and how to use the new Waterbug App to identify them.

The app is part of the National Waterbug Blitz, a citizen science initiative for collecting data on the health of rivers and wetlands around Australia.

Participants found a diverse collection of waterbugs, indicating that the restoration of Barilla Rivulet has been successful.

People from 13 southern Tasmanian Landcare groups along with Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman, Alderman Kay McFarlane and staff from Clarence City Council also joined in on the day.

“Landcare is very important in helping to address land management issues in Clarence,” Mayor Chipman said.

The day included a hilltop walk through Glebe Hill Bushland Reserve.

Glebe Hill Landcare Group convenor Adam Holmstrom showed how they were maintaining the area as a haven for wildlife among suburban development.

Mr Holmstrom said the new interpretation trail was having the desired effect of bringing more visitors to the reserve and allowing them to learn about the special area.

Landcare Tasmania’s chief executive officer Rod Knight said the strong turnout showed the genuine level of interest in the landcare community.

“People are looking to find new ways to understand what is happening in our environment and how to incorporate these in their ongoing efforts to maintain and improve their local areas,” he said.

For more information, phone Rod Knight on 0419 529 807 or community landcare manager Peter Stronach on 0429 858 402.

Caption: John Gooderham, from the Water Bug Company, gives landcarers a brief on how to use the Water Bug App.