Learn about local threatened species at Mt Arthur Community Info Day

A small purple flowered endangered species will be one of the star attractions at a free community information day at Mt Arthur Reserve this Friday 28 October, where local threatened species will be in the spotlight.

Small purple-pea (Swainsona recta)

Hosted by the Mt Arthur Reserve Trust and organised by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and Central West Local Land Services, the day is part of a series of field days focussing on local threatened species as part of the NSW Government’s ‘Saving Our Species’ program.

OEH North West Region Community Engagement Officer Andy McQuie said the day is designed for people who want to learn about threatened species and how to best manage their own farming or conservation land, to make sure these species survive in the wild.

“We have a number of really special native plants and animals in our area.

“Mt Arthur is actually one of the few places in Australia where the NSW and nationally endangered Small Purple Pea (Swainsona recta) exists.

“On Friday we will have local experts on hand to highlight aspects of the Mt Arthur Reserve and to provide information and examples on what landholders and the general public can do.

“Come along to learn about the results of an innovative revegetation method which harvests water and provides weed control, fencing dams to reduce feral and pest animals and managing the weed Tiger Pear using biological control methods.

“Mt Arthur is a true gem in our region and well worth taking a look at.

“Best of all, the community info day is free,” Mr McQuie said.

For more information and directions please contact Andy McQuie at OEH on (02) 6883 5362 and visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au

Contact: Jacki Roberts