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Bushcare Groups

Bushcare is a core activity for THECA and we actively support several groups working in Mt Coot-tha Forest. Volunteers are a key part of these programs and all volunteers are welcome! Please contact THECA office for any questions.

All these bushcare activities are supported by Brisbane City Council’s Habitat Brisbane program.

See Events Diary for bushcare working bee dates.

The Hut Bushcare Group

THECA's first Bushcare site is situated in the foothills of Mt. Coot-tha Forest Park (behind the Chapel Crest bus stop, Fleming Road, Chapel Hill, through to the park on Marmindie Street). The site follows the meanderings of a small unnamed creek in the Cubberla Creek catchment. Dense lantana and Singapore daisy has been replaced by lomandras, ferns and tree ferns along the gently flowing creek. The first working bee was held in April 1995.

Currently, The Hut Bushcare Group is working in the Butterfly Garden next to The Hut, and in the dry gully below The Hut. We meet at the same times as the Mother of Millions Club, and share morning tea on the deck after. 

When: First Saturday of each month, 8.30 am. See the Event Diary.
Contact: Rachel on 3374 2656 or via email to THECA.

Mt Coot-tha Hilltopping Project

Butterfly on themeda2 1Why do Butterflies need hilltops? And why is a group of volunteers working on a hilltop on Mt Coot-tha, removing weeds and planting local natives such as Kangaroo Grass?

It's for the sake of the butterflies and other insects that use the hilltop as a place to meet and find a mate. Some butterflies will travel several kilometres to a hilltop - but will be put off by cleared vegetation, or by displacement of native plants by exotic species.

Since 2005, THECA's Hut Bushcare Group has been working on a hilltop site along Mt Coot-tha's Reservoir Trail to restore the natural vegetation to encourage butterflies and other insects, many of which are locally under threat due to urban development and loss of food plants for their caterpillars. Loss of hilltopping sites adds one more threat to their existence.

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If you would like to contribute to the conservation of these insects, consider joining us at a working bee, which are generally held on the first Sunday of the month from 8.30 - 10.30 am.

When: See the Event Diary.
Contact: Office on 3878 5088, Sameer on 0420 580 031 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Rachel on 3374 2656 or via email to THECA.

Mother of Millions Club

The Mother of Millions Club is dedicated to the removal of this rampant weed (Bryophyllum spp) in the environs of The Hut.

If you have time free on a Saturday morning your help would be greatly appreciated.

When: 8:30 am on 1st Saturday each month (except January). See the Event Diary.
Contact: Annelise on 3378 6610 or via email to THECA.

Wandering Weeders

The Wandering Weeders are a free ranging group who work over 10 hectares on the edge of Mt Coot-tha Forest Park, near the Hut in Chapel Hill. Their work is focused on areas around walking tracks targeting weeds including signal grass and those weeds spread by birds. To date the group has managed to eliminate ochna, corky passion vine, asparagus fern and lantana at their site.

When: Mon & Wed mornings from mid-January to mid-December. See the Event Diary.
Contact:  Phil and Lyn Cole on 3378 3763.