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Hi Landcarers, Central West Lachlan Landcare is thrilled to welcome Paul Sullivan to share his knowledge and expertise on weed management.

Paul Sullivan has worked for 38 years on weed biological and integrated control for NSW DPI, so brings with him a wealth of knowledge.

Whilst Paul has played a large part in introducing and distributing many of the species that we are now seeing the benefits from in terms of reduction, he also has a sound knowledge of chemical and other alternative treatments for many of the species that are still providing significant problems in our area.

Paul has researched, developed and coordinated many projects for terrestrials Paterson’s curse, prickly pears (common, tiger and tree pear), broom weeds (English and Cape), blue heliotrope, horehound, thistles (nodding and Scotch), dock, blackberry, bridal creeper, gorse and St John’s Wort and aquatics salvinia, water hyacinth and alligator weed.  

Healthy Patterson’s Curse: One of the plants Paul Sullivan will be talking about on Wednesday.

Healthy Patterson’s Curse: One of the plants Paul Sullivan will be talking about on Wednesday.

He is also actively involved in educating, training and assessment of those involved in natural resource management.

The Weeds Management Workshop runs between 1pm – 3pm on Wednesday, October 19 at the Central West Lachlan Landcare Office at Kelly Reserve in Parkes.

I will pop the kettle on for a post lunch cuppa and snack (please no post-lunch napping). Please RSVP to me on 02 6862 4914 or cwllpo@hotmail.com

As I mentioned last week, we are very excited to once again be involved in activities during the Aussie Backyard Bird Count between October 17-23.

This is a chance for us all to have an extra focus on our birdlife and the environment that they live in.

On Tuesday, October 18 we will be holding our Forbes Kids Bird Walk at the Bird Hide at Gum Swamp, again, commencing at 4pm with a talk on the Painted Snipe Project that is being undertaken at the Swamp to increase bird habitat. 

Please note that a parent or caregiver must be present with children attending any of these walks.

If possible, it would be good for kids (and adults) to wear long pants, a hat, sunscreen and binoculars if you can.

I will bring a few basic binoculars with me.

Please RSVP to me on 6862 4914, text me on 0418 611 053 or email cwllpo@hotmail.com if you are attending any of these activities.

As usual, links to items in this article are available on facebook or on our website at www.centralwestlachlanlandcare.org

Until next week, happy Landcaring!