Wattle be happening for wattle day?

Wattle Day at Mokhinui Vineyard in Young last year.
Wattle Day at Mokhinui Vineyard in Young last year.

Did you know that wattles have been around for 60 million years! Did you know that there are about a thousand different species of wattles? Did you know that wattles are essential for the health of the Australian environment?

Most of us are familiar with the sight in late winter of cascading golden sprays of wattle flowers, heralding the spring and lifting our spirits, but how much do we really know about these beautiful, iconic Australian plants?

You can learn all about wattles when three local Landcare groups - Mid Lachlan, Weddin and Young District - present Wattle Day Walks in Cowra, Grenfell and Young this week and next.

A walk will be held in Darby's Falls/Wyangala Dam area tomorrow, Thursday August 20 at Gidgall, a 700ha grazing property. Here thousands of wattles have been planted or direct seeded over the years, complementing wattles growing wild in areas of protected remnant vegetation.

On hand will be Graham Fifield from Greening Australia, who will be discussing Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation (WOPR) and how you can access funding through the WOPR program. WOPR offers a cheap and easy method for returning wattles and eucalypts into grazing paddocks for multiple benefits such as wildlife habitat and insect control. Multiple benefits for stock include shelter, food and internal parasite control.

The Grenfell walk will be held the next day, Friday August 21 and Young will follow on Sunday week, August 30.

All walks will run from 9.30am to 2.03pm. There is no cost for the day and morning tea and lunch will be provided, including wattle seed biscuits and cake.

There will be free wattle plants and wattle information sheets for you to take home and you are welcome to bring wattle specimens along for identification.

There are around one thousand species of wattle.

There are around one thousand species of wattle.

For more information and to book for any of the walks, please contact Vanessa Cain on 0405 325 750 or email: midlachlanlandcare@gmail.com