Casuarina Coastal Reserve Landcare Group was formed by a group of dedicated locals 30 years ago who wanted to protect and restore this important habitat corridor. The group have since revegetated the Tiwi Creek with monsoonal rainforest plants, and have been focusing on restoring an area of habitat for the Atlas Moth, which disappeared from the area after Cyclone Tracey caused widespread deforestation in the 1970s. The site, affectionately known as the 'Moth Block' has been revegetated over the past five years, transformed from weed-infested scrub.
The group work closely with NT Parks and Wildlife rangers to educate the public about the need to keep their dogs on a leash, to protect the vast numbers of shorebirds which regularly feed between Lee Point and Dripstone Cliffs. Hot fires from arson and weeds are also a big problem in the reserve which is particularly impacting upon the iconic Casuarina trees which line the coastal dunes.
The reserve lies between Rapid Creek and Lee Point and hosts important monsoonal rainforest, mangrove, paperback swamp, woodland and coastal dune habitat. The beaches of the reserve are significant feeding grounds for a variety of migratory shorebirds, which can be seen with binoculars from October to May. The reserve is surrounded by urban development, making it a critical habitat corridor.
Restoring the Moth Block has been a great way to bring together neighbours over pulling up a few weeds or watering the plants. It is a privilege to show visitors the site and explain just how significant the reserve is for our native wildlife and migratory birds. Deb Hall
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