Bird watching and bushwalking day at Arkarra Wetlands

BIRD watching and bushwalks will be just some of the free activities on offer at the Arkarra Wetlands during Bushcare's Major Day Out on Sunday, September 8, from 9.30-11.30am.

Bushcare's Major Day Out is a national day designed to give everyone the opportunity to learn more about native bushland, coinciding with Land Care Week.

Council Community Environment Program officer Tina Raveneau said large areas of Australian bushland had been invaded by non-native species. 

"Bushcare's Major Day Out is a chance for people of all ages to come and learn about the effects these invasive plants, coupled with other human activities are having on our natural environment, and have a bit of fun at the same time," she said.

"The Arkarra Wetlands are home to a very diverse range of plants and animals.

"On the day visitors can participate in guided walks through the wetlands along different routes that highlight native plants and animals, birds and butterflies and some of the weeds that have become a problem."

Birdwatchers will be offered the complementary use of binoculars and a telescope to try to spy their favourite species throughout day.

The Fraser Coast branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland will host a number of free activities including a nature display table, complete with microscopes to view some of the macro-invertebrates found in the area.

Tina and her team are encouraging people to bring a picnic blanket and some morning tea.

A coffee van will be on site selling hot and cold drinks.

"We'll also have a number of free handouts with information on how people can help preserve biodiversity in our own backyard," she said.

"Our ultimate goal is that it will inspire people to join one of the many local landcare and conservation groups available on the Fraser Coast.

"It's going to be a great day and I hope to see plenty of people come out and enjoy a morning in the bush."

For more information, phone Tina on 1300 794 929.

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