Friends of Bass Strait Islands
About This Group
We have worked mainly on boxthorn removal in the Furneaux Islands since 2002/3. We deal with plants ranging in size from tiny 2-leaf seedlings up to behemoths the size of large caravans.
We liaise with the local Parks staff, NRM North's Furneaux Facilitator and Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, and work collaboratively with members of Flinders Island Landcare.
We usually fly to Flinders Island and boat to outer islands from there. The pleasure lies in spending time in good company in a gorgeous wild part of the world, contributing to the effort to keep these islands accessible to nesting birds and human visitors.
Read the text of an ABC radio story on Roydon Island (unfortunately the audio is no longer available!)
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Working Bee Details
Most of our working bees take place in autumn in order to minimise disturbance to nesting sea birds and maximise the chance of good weather for access by boat, working and camping.
We have 2 or 3 working bees per year, each of which are usually 10-14 days in duration.
Participants need to be reasonably fit, happy to rough it and prepared to work up-close-&-personal with a particularly thorny invasive plant.
Current chainsaw, chemcert and/or first aid certificates are handy.
Volunteers need to bring their own lightweight tent, sleeping bag and sturdy workwear. Food, cooking/eating gear, tools, first aid kit and appropriate PPE provided.