Free walk will show off lagoon

A FREE guided walk which will showcase coastal plant communities will be held at the Urunga Lagoon on Saturday.

People taking part will learn how to recognise different types of coastal plant communities and individual plants and learn what makes some of these endangered.

The walk will be lead by local environmental consultants Brian Hawkins and Sally Matthews who have mapped the Bellinger coast's vegetation.

“We were impressed with the variety of different plant communities we found during our survey,” Mr Hawkins said.

“This section of coast is the most diverse in the shire.”

Other presenters on the walk will be Ian Turnbull, from Bellingen Shire Council, and Colin Matthews, from Bellinger Landcare, with both closely involved with the management of coastal vegetation in the shire.

Also on the walk will be local bush regenerators, Anneke Faber and Annie Thiering, who have been carrying out weed control in the area under the council's coastal weed control program.

The walk will start from the car park at the Walkway at the Lagoon in Urunga (through the Urunga Heads caravan park - look for Landcare signs). Walkers should meet at 9.30am and the walk will finish around 12.30pm.

Bring along boots, hat, sunscreen, water and some morning tea. The walk will generally be an easy grade with some sand and mud to negotiate in places.

Numbers will be limited so please phone the Landcare Office on 6655 0588 to register your interest.

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