Ascension : ASCENSION ISLAND CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT
Submitted by The Islander (Conservation Office) 14.08.2014 (Article Archived on 28.08.2014)
Slightly drier this week than the previous and alwaysour Explorers were ready for another day out in the field.
ASCENSION ISLAND CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT
Ascension Explorers – Digging for victory
Slightly drier this week than the previous and alwaysour Explorers were ready for another day out in the field. Our third activity with the Explorers was a visit to‘The Pines’, where the children were given gardening tools for their task that day. Before we proceeded into the trees, the children assembled in their groups and weregiven a brief introduction about whatthey would be doing for the day: each of the children were to help restore one of our endemic plants, the Pterisadscensionisfern, to the wild after having been grown in our nursery.
Before the children could start planting, they had to take measurements of the Pteris ferns including counting the number of fronds on each plant and generallychecking the health of the plants and the suitabilityof the habitat that the plants were being restored into. This baseline information will be entered into our ‘plant database’ and used to monitor the success of the restoration in terms of how much the plant has grown over time and if it is then reproducing in the wild.
After checking their plants and making labels for them so that they can be individually identified during future monitoring checks, the children then started digging the holes for their plants. We then finished the day with awalk through the trees, looking at the historic water catchment tanks and other interesting flora and fauna.Thanks to everybody involved for this productive and enjoyable day!
Thank you to Toni Bendall…
We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Toni Bendall for everything that she has done for the Department both during her recent time based with us and also as a volunteer prior to that. It has been a pleasure to have Toni in the office; she has always helped to boost team morale and has been a friendly face for people looking for more information about what Ascension has to offer. Toni has done a lot for us and also for the Island and she will be missed! We wish her all the very best as she continues to do work for the Island from overseas and also pursues other opportunities and hobbies. Thank you!