Volunteers’ restoration work attracts feathered friends

Woman beside lake

Restoration work at Katanning’s Piesse Lake has paid ecological dividends with sightings of birds not previously recorded in the area. GSDC Medal winner Bev Lockley, the driving force behind the restoration work, said recent sightings of the spotted craik, little grassbird and pink-eared duck indicated that the lake and its surrounds were developing a healthy ecology.

Reeds planted around the lake help to create a favoured habitat for the birds. Ms Lockley, who chairs the Katanning Piesse Park Community (KPPC), led the volunteer effort to plant the reeds in 2019. The new inhabitants were first spotted earlier this year.

Restoration work at the lake is integrated with the Lakeside Eco Café, which opened in February. A State Government investment of $50,000 through the GSDC supported the refurbishment of the café premises. Revenue raised at the café is returned to the KPPC’s activities in environmental education, scientific research and volunteering.

Staff serving icecream in cafe

Photo top: Bev Lockley shows the healthy fringe of reeds around Piesse Lake, which is now a habitat for the spotted craik, little grassbird and pink-eared duck.

Photo bottom: Michelle Berrigan and Bev Lockley serve it up for the environment at Lakeside Eco Café.

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