Thought we should strike again at a low tide in November if i can get the Clarence council to drop a bin again
Same area we covered last time - some have come back in and still heaps more out on the low tide mark.
November 24 and 25 showing .3m low at 4.30 pm. The week before is .88 mid morning.
I think the .3 weekend would be best-- if we started at 2.30 it will be pretty low anyway and then we can go sailing later if its on.!
Last year with 20 of us it only took one hour and it was over.
keep you all posted..
Some one who should know better decided to go barefoot at dorans on Friday.
Big Slashes, cuts, rip, blood and infection-- yes we know how.
A good reason to get behind the clean up in 3 weeks
Clarence council have agreed to supply a bin again- great news.
So oyster clean up at Dorans rd. November 24-25th.
We will pick the best day as time gets closer.- the bin will be there all weekend anyway.
Just spoke to Veolia and it will be a 8 cubic meter bin this time ( last was a 5 cubic meter).
so if we get the twenty windsurfers/ kiters again we will fill it in no time !
I'm keen. We might want to be aware of the pied oystercatchers nesting on the bank too. Might be worth putting a temporary fence around them to give them some protection? I'll bring some gear.
Leather gloves, $5 from ship loads, bring a bucket or bin and gumboots.....
Looks like pied oysters have left their nest.-sadly
some low life bogans dumped rubbish pretty close to there nest the other night ( Tim and i cleaned it up). Alternators, 20 cans , woodchips, cigarettes and general ****.
I think that spooked them- abandoned eggs - we think
Don't take this the wrong way, but Pied Oystercatchers are listed as critically endangered. A lot of this is due to them nesting in places where humans (and other animals like dogs and horses) interact with them, causing them to leave their nests. They only have to be off the eggs for a short time, and I think it's all over for the eggs.
I really feel for the Pieds as their habitat and behaviour overlaps massively with humans and they are easily spooked, so often fail to rear young. This is one of the reasons they are endangered.
All it takes is one person to park to close to their nest and they leave it. And this can easily happen without you knowing about it. I think almost all of us would respect the birds and their habitat, but anyone can make the mistake of not seeing the bird nests and parking too close to their nest.
Dumping rubbish is a crap thing to do though.
I have organised an 8 meter skip for this weekend - delivered Friday the 23rd and collected Monday the 26th November. "
Thats great as last time it was a 5m- so 8m bin will give us heaps to fill
We will just decide early this week which day is best- i am thinking we lock in Saturday.
This is the reality of what can happen unfortunately.
Hope we get a good turn out . We are thinking on Saturday at this stage
God bless and goodnight
Sat forecast is (at the moment) strong southerly winds (15-30 knots). So can sail in the morning or midday (probably somewhere else like mortimer, Cliffy or Carlton). High tide is 9am. Low tide is 4:30pm, and it's super low too (0.3m). So oyster clean up could start maybe a bit after lunch?? I'm in.
Sunday is lighter southerly winds.
so what are peoples thoughts.?
Which day suits the majority of people?
I know Saturday is windy but ....
The bin will be there all weekend but we need one day that we can lock in and tell everyone to turn turn up ( or ask kindly).
With such a low tide we can probably start early anyway and have it all finished in time for a afternoon sail..
I am thinking Saturday at this moment - just because its Saturday!!!
and the tide is lower earlier etc ,
we will make a definite call .
I reckon Sunday is best completely tied up on Saturday with kids sports and wouldn't be able to help. I reckon others would be in the same boat.
Good annual catch up so my vote is Sunday.
Oyster clean up at dorans road will be the SUNDAY
2 , O CLOCK TO 5.30 PM,
Bring a bucket or two, gloves, drinks and Gumboots if you have them ( sneakers fine unless you want to get in the shallows).
plenty of work for everyone , 20 people would be great again.
Clarence council will supply a bin so lets fill it!
we will try and work in the areas that are effecting our launch/land at dorans.
p.s bin is dropped off Friday, so if you want to have a crack on Saturday go ahead
Give me a ring if you want details 0409854754
Fergus and I have put in oyster time at Dorans this arvo on our way back from South Arm. Cannot make it tomorrow.... Paul May also there.
Can't get there today
Will do my bit tomorrow and take away myself
Great effort today everyone.
I reckon maybe ,,, 30 people tuned up, brilliant effort.!!!!
Bin filled to brim, most oysters now gone from the main launch area.
Still more to go next time though
Thanks everyone for turning up, and the Clarence council for providing the bin, very much appreciated.