Can you help with planting sessions?

By Benalla Ensign

Several planting sessions have been scheduled around Benalla as part of a project to encourage the Regent Honeyeater to return to the area.

The Regent Honeyeater Project aims to help rehabilitate the environment in order to encourage the native bird to breed.

Sites in Benalla, Lurg, Winton, Winton North and Chesney Vale have been identified by project leaders who are looking for volunteers on the weekends of: May 12 and 13; May 26 and 27; June 9 and 10; August 4 and 5; and September 8 and 9.

Regent Honeyeater Project coordinator, Andi Guerin said since the project started they had seen a number of native species return.

‘‘(Since starting) we have recorded an increase in the number of grey-crowned babbler, going from 50 to 116, who operate in family groups and can be counted,’’ Ms Guerin said.

‘‘The Regent Honeyeater itself remains listed as critically endangered and rarely seen.

‘‘We appreciate the help we have been given over the years.

‘‘If anyone can join us for any of the early weekends we will be greatly appreciative.

‘‘The weather here over May and June can be glorious as autumn morphs into winter and with changing climate we are committed to planting much earlier to avoid the drying spring tendency and then the risk of needing to hand water plants over a long, hot summer.’’

●If you would like to be part of the project and help out with planting on the weekends listed above, email Andi Guerin at