Restoring St Bees Island with Griffith University Honours students

By March 10, 2015 August 24th, 2017 Education, Great Barrier Reef Islands

It was great to be back at St Bees Island with a group of ten students from the Griffith Honours College. We all knew they had the smarts but can they weed?

The weather gods were upon us highlighting the island as a tropical paradise even though the heat and humidity were ever present. With the last trip focusing on clearing the beach, we were happy to count over 15 turtle nests. The bay was really living up to its name! This trip cleared a further 0.7 acres of Lantana, Snake Weed and Prickly pear in trying conditions and the students should be proud of themselves.

The group enjoyed hiking, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on the island as it’s not all hard yakka on Wild Mob projects. We positioned a few motion sensor cameras throughout the greater Turtle Bay area and had success capturing a koala, feral goat, Beach Stone Curlew (Esacus magnirostris) and a Yellow-spotted Monitor (Varanus panoptes). They also started work on developing a plant list for the island. After the highest tide the group collected plastics and had a conversation about their dangers.

We all got the chance to join in the celebrations of two birthdays with Tess and our project leader Phil both having a birthday while on the island. A yummy cake was shared and even decorated by a washed up coconut. Thanks to all of the group. Your efforts are appreciated on all parts of the project and we look forward to having you on future trips.

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