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Hop, Buzz Or Scurry To Dowse Lagoon For A Wetland Planting Party

Story: Story Jacqueline Henry Photo Paul Neil
Sep 24, 2018
Hop, buzz or scurry to Dowse Lagoon for a wetland planting party
Plant a shrub in Sandgate and make a difference to birds all over the world.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dowse Lagoon being nominated as a Ramsar wetland of international significance, Keep Sandgate Beautiful Association (KSBA) is inviting the community to be part of a wetland planting on Saturday, 20th October.

The objective of the day is to put in 1,500 low growing, wetland plants that will provide food for insects, which will sustain the birds that live and visit the lagoon.

KSBA vice president Linda McMahon said, “It’s a great time to do a mass planting as the Brisbane City Council recently cleared the area of para grass.

“The new plants will diversify the ground cover and low growing plants providing an environment for insects to flourish, which will feed birds from all over the world.

“If we plant the plants, the birds will come,” Linda said.

Moreton Bay is significant because it is one of the most important migratory wader sites in Australia, supporting large numbers of species and individuals.

During summer, 32 types of waders, comprising of over 40,000 birds visit the area. Many of those birds and a considerable number of waterfowl depend on the bay’s freshwater wetlands, including Dowse Lagoon, for habitat, making it a wetland of international significance.

The Ramsar Convention provides a framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The initial treaty was signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and Moreton Bay, including Dowse Lagoon, was listed on October  22, 1993. 

“Geckoes Wildlife will be on site from 10am to 1pm so you can meet some of the birds, frogs, snakes and turtles who will live among the plants,” Linda said. “You will also be able to learn about the Ramsar Convention and more about the 188 different bird species who visit Dowse Lagoon or call it home.

“If you would like to help with the planting, come anytime between 8am and 2pm with hat, sturdy footwear, gloves and drink.”

For more information, follow ‘Keep Sandgate Beautiful Association’ on Facebook.
Location: Dowse Lagoon (near Keogh Street).