Bat Rescue Inc Gold Coast Branch

Group name:

Bat Rescue Inc. Gold Coast Branch

Size of group:

25

Location:  

Gold Coast

Description of area of interest:  

Area covered by our volunteers – from Tweed border to Beenleigh and out to Canungra/Beaudesert.

Objectives:   

Bat Rescue Inc. is a self funded volunteer organisation whose members are permitted under the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Established since 2002, Bat Rescue Inc. is South-East Queensland’s first bat-specific care group based on the Sunshine Coast with members also active in Brisbane, Darling Downs and Gold Coast dedicated to:

  • Providing education and information to the general public
  • Active conservation of bats and their habitat
  • The promotion of bats as an important part of our ecology
  • The rehabilitation and release of bats back to the wild

Bat Rescue Inc. volunteers meet all costs including transportation, food and medications out of their own pockets. The rescue service is provided free of charge as part of our contribution to our local community.

History:                

Bat Rescue Inc. Gold Coast (BRGC), a branch of Bat Rescue Inc. based on the Sunshine Coast, is a small group of bat carers which was formed in 2003.  Although bat rescues and rehabilitation are an important part of the group’s activities, the main focus of BRGC is to assist local flying fox colonies by promoting their ecological importance through a range of education and conservation initiatives. 

Projects:

Revegetation of Bat Colony area – Cascade Gardens Broadbeach
Project started October 2006, completed October 2006

Aim:

  • Remove woody and ground weeds and to replace them with the same native species of trees already on site.
  • Remove all cocos palms.
  • To increase the size of existing edge and to create and plant a buffer zone.
  • Plant to create an understorey.
  • Educational sleeper signage to be placed at edge of site and interpretative signage installed.

Methodology:

The removal of weed woody trees which mainly consisted of the Broadleaf peppertree, Easter cassia and Ochna was carried out with the ‘cut and paste’ method using glyphosate at a 50/50 ratio with water.

Ground weeds on this site consisted mainly of Fragrant succulent, Singapore daisy, seedling Ochnas and Easter cassias. Ground weed species were removed by hand or tool use. The weeds were pulled out making sure roots were attached to help prevent regrowth. All green waste was removed from the site.

Ipomoea cairica (Mile-a-Minute) a weed species on site required special attention. It had spread very quickly and was smothering native vegetation. Smaller plants were removed by hand but the larger weeds that were already climbing the native trees on site required specialized treatment.

Trees planted within the colony:

Hibiscus tiliaceus, Eucalyptus tereticornis, Cupaniopsis anacardioides, Casuarina glauca and Aleurites molucanna were the species that were used to replace the removed woody weed trees.

  • During the course of the project, a total of 1,600 trees were planted within the colony and buffer area.
  • A total of   2017 man hours were worked over the 12 month period.

Buffer Zone:

The buffer zone was increased in width to give more protection for the area and to create understorey. This area was cleared then planted with smaller trees and native grasses. The edges were planted with lomandras both to protect plus give a visual aid to the greenkeepers when mowing.

Educational sleeper signs:

Six sleeper signs were concreted into place at the edge of the buffer zone, spaced the length of the site. Each sign is dedicated to a plant x 2, animal x 2 and bird species x 2 that are often seen on site.

Benefits of Project:

Some benefits on the site were unforeseen. 

  • As the large weed trees were cleared this then allowed the trees beneath to be accessible not only to the bats but also it allowed natural light and sun assisting them in their growth. The results being that far more roosting sites became available for the bats’ use immediately.
  • As the trees that were planted grow there will be a lot less stress on the existing trees.
  • Native seedlings that would not have survived because they were being smothered by weeds are also now able to thrive.
  • The removal of weed species prevents the production of seeds which can be spread by birds to other areas of bush land.
  • Aesthetically this is a far better looking area than it was at the commencement of the project in October 2005.

Time of field days:      

Nil.  Project now complete. Annual maintenance is held every Easter Sunday

Contact Details:

Primary contact person
Name Jeannie White
Phone Number 07 5591 2864
Mobile 0414 358 251
Email               jeanniefw@hotmail.com
Secondary contact person
Name Nadine Read
Phone Number 07 5580 7127
Email               GCadmin@batrescue.org.au
Web
www.batrescue.org.au

 

 

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