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Friends of South Surrey Park  

sunday working bee 28th April 10 - 12
 

FRIENDS OF SOUTH SURREY PARK

APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER


Sunday Working Bee - 28th April 10.00 - 12.00 

We will be mulching again, preparing for plantings  later in the season.  Meet at the Information Board at 10,00 a.m. wearing all weather clothes. It might rain or it might be hot, who knows! its a good activity to bring along friends and family.  We've had children as young as three spreading mulch. Afterwards there will be refreshments and a good chance to make new friends and catch up with others.
contact person - Ursula - 98366149

Sunday Working Bee Report -  31st March, 2019



Eleven of us  had a really pleasant time spreading mulch along the path in our Delta street bushland.   Jenine directed us with Maggie's assistance and despite having the occasional log jam of mulch bearing wheelbarrows we made a big difference.  Maggie and John's three year old grandson came along and was very proud to  empty buckets of mulch. 
Jenine brought along morning tea which we all enjoyed together under the old eucalypt where tawny frogmouths have been spotted. A magpie joined us too.


 


Tuesday Toilers - A letter from Maggie

The Tuesday Toilers are continuing with their amazing work.  Average attendance is six and the achievements are incredible.  The Tuesday following the last Sunday working bee the group tackled the remaining pile of mulch and managed to spread it all. This involved taking it by wheelbarrow down a narrow track then pushing up a steep slope to the designated site. An impressive effort!

As they have been attending for many years the toilers are gaining skills in weed identification.  This is very useful when weeding in the midst of a patch of native grasses. The roster system is proving to be an effective way of ensuring all areas of the park are getting attention and sharing responsibility for gathering equipment.  At the end of each working bee most toilers adjourn to the cafe for a coffee and chat. 


Thanks Maggie

General News

-Maggie and Ursula met Lucy Hyslop from Aspect with a group of six participants and two staff members in the park on Wednesday, 27th March.  They had come from Hawthorn on the tram and were eating a picnic lunch.  We showed them some of the park and discussed their participation in a gardening group in the park.   it is to be fortnightly on Wednesdays for up to two hours.  We are very pleased to have them involved in our work and hope they find it as rewarding as we do.
Our first session will be on 1st May and we will be working in the area behind the Scout Hall.
 
-National Tree Day is 28th July and will be held in Zone 1 below Anderson Street.
30th June and 25 August will be planting days and Pam has orders in to VINC for those plants.

 

In the Park this month-  Magpie

Here is our Magpie. It came to visit us while we had morning tea. I Have copied a segment from an article published last year in The Conversation.

 

"Can one form a friendship with a magpie – even when adult males are protecting their nests during the swooping season? The short answer is: “Yes, one can” – although science has just begun to provide feasible explanation  for friendship in animals, let alone for cross-species friendships between humans and wild birds. 

Ravens and magpies are known to form powerful allegiances among themselves. In fact, Australia is thought to be a hotspot, for cooperative behaviour in birds worldwide. They like to stick together  with family and mates, in the good Australian way. 

Of course, many bird species may readily come to a feeding table and become tame enough to take food from our hand, but this isn’t really “friendship”. However, there is evidence that, remarkably, free-living magpies can forge lasting relationships with people, even without depending on us for food or shelter.

When magpies are permanently ensconced on human property, they are also far less likely to swoop the people who live there. Over 80% of all successfully breeding magpies live near human houses, which means the vast majority of people, in fact, never get swooped. And since magpies can live between 25 and 30 years and are territorial, they can develop lifelong friendships with humans. This bond can extend to trusting certain people around their offspring.

A key reason why friendships with magpies are possible is that we now know that magpies are able to recognise and remember individual human faces for many years. They can learn which nearby humans do not constitute a risk. They will remember someone who was good to them; equally, they remember negative encounters."

The Conversation - "Magpies can form friendships with people - here's how" October 3, 2017

Membership of Friends of South Surrey Park

You can join in the work of the group and contribute to running expenses by becoming a member.     If you would like to become a Friend of South Surrey Park you can find the application for membership form at the end of this newsletter.


Facebook and South Surrey Park website

You can see some of what is happening in the park on Facebook and South Surrey Park website.    


Work in South Surrey Park is brought to you through the efforts of the Friends of South Surrey Park, a voluntary group working with the local community, City of Boroondara and Melbourne Water.  For information about your local Park, contact any committee member below.
Pam Welsford (President) - 9830 5178  - pamwelsford@gmail.com
Ursula Povey (Vice President) - 9836 6149 -  ursulapovey@gmail.com
Maggie White (Secretary) - 9888 4479 - john_maggie@hotmail.com
Lyn Read (Treasurer) - 0408377668 - lynmread@gmail.com
Jenine Fleming - 9830 7767 - fleming.jenine@gmail.com
Peter Hannay - 9830 5493 - phhannay@bigpond.com
 

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