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Capertee Valley Regent Honeyeater Tree-planting

The Capertee Valley Regent Honeyeater Recovery Group was established by Birds Australia in 1993 to help conserve the endangered Regent Honeyeater in the Capertee Valley. Groups go to the valley a couple of weekends each year and camp or arrange their own accommodation and plant trees on public and private land to rebuild habitat for this endaangered species. To see a flier on the program (Click here)

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The Capertee Valley Regent Honeyeater Recovery Group was established by Birdlife Australia (formerly Birds Australia) in 1993 to help conserve the endangered Regent Honeyeater in the Capertee Valley (near Lithgow NSW), which is the most important of the key breeding areas remaining for this species.

The recovery group is instrumental in carrying out vital on-ground work to implement actions proposed in a national Recovery Plan for the Regent Honeyeater.Since 1994, the Group and its many volunteer supporters have planted over 100,000 trees and shrubs at various strategic sites throughout the valley. Financial support has been provided from a number of sources, includingthe Save the Bush Fund, NSW Environmental Trusts, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, the Natural Heritage Trust, the Federal government’s Caring for Our Country initiative and the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority.

The next tree planting will be held on August 18-19, 2012. Why not join us in the beautiful Capertee Valley for a weekend of fresh air, spectacular scenery, and fun in a great birding location, while making a positive contribution to the future of the Regent Honeyeater and other threatened and declining woodland birds. New recruits are always welcome. While previous experience is an advantage, don’t let a lack of experience deter you, as on-the-job training will be provided. If you are able to come the day before the planting (Friday 17th) and help with laying out seedlings and tree guards in preparation for the following day, that would be greatly appreciated, as this saves a lot of time on the Saturday.

Accommodation options range from camping at Glen Davis (free) to staying in one of the cottages in the valley that have been booked by us for the weekend. The cost of cottage accommodation in August will be $80 (i.e. $40 per night) per person for 2 nights’ accommodation and $45 pp for a single night). Alternatively, you may prefer to arrange your own hotel, motel or other accommodation in the nearby towns of Capertee, Kandos or Rylstone and environs.Please note that camping in cottage grounds is not permitted except with the express approval of the owner(s).

While you will need to cater for your own breakfasts and lunches, a Saturday evening meal is available at a cost of $30 for adults and $ 5 for children under 12. The evening meal, which is provided by the Glen Alice Community Association is a great opportunity to socialise with your fellow planters and meet the locals, and is always a popular event. We always endeavour to keep costs to a minimum, only covering the cost of providing accommodation and dinner for those who choose these options.

If you would like to join us in August, please fill in the accompanying registration form and return it with payment to the Birdlife Australia Sydney office as early as possible, particularly if you want to book cottage accommodation.

As we have to book accommodation in advance, we must pay for any accommodation that is not utilised due to late cancellations or no-shows. Consequently, accommodation cannot be guaranteed without pre-payment and it is not generally possible to refund money if you have to cancel after having paid. If you are coming with friends, can you please let us know ASAP who you are coming with, so that we can try to arrange for you to be accommodated together? This may not be possible once we have started allocating individuals to beds.

Details regarding the location of the planting site and accommodation will be sent to all planters prior to the planting weekend. Please note that if you are organising your own accommodation you’ll need to let us know where you’re staying so that we can send you directions to the planting site.

If you have any queries about the weekend please contact Pixie at the Birdlife Australia Sydney office on 9647 1033 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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