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by Les Goldsmith posted on 2008-03-29 22:25 last modified 2008-03-29 22:25
Dried out and separated before being scrubbed with truckwash - that's how we simulate the action of a bird's digestive system.

PittosporumThe warm temperate rainforests of East Gippsland are the home Pittosporum fruitof the Pittosporum, they are the favoured roost of some owls and provide food for a range of birds. The trees are laden with fruit at present so I have been down our gully and collected a bucketful. They are set out  to dry so they will split and I can get to the seeds. The next step is then to scrub them down with truck wash to simulate the action of digestion by a bird. Later this month our landcare group will be out removing blackberry so that will be an opportunity to scatter the seed in the disturbed ground.

(Samba deer have removed all the lower branches and leaves. allowing the ground below the tree to dry out reducing regeneration of the rainfoest species.)


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