Frog doctor Johnny Prefumo hops into Margaret River for Nature Conservation workshops

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Self-proclaimed "frog doctor" Johnny Prefumo will be in Margs later this month.
Camera IconSelf-proclaimed "frog doctor" Johnny Prefumo will be in Margs later this month. Credit: Supplied

Nature lovers are set for a treat, with expert advice coming to Margaret River for those wanting a frog-friendly garden.

Nature Conservation Margaret River Region has organised for “Frog Doctor” Johnny Prefumo to visit for a weekend workshop on Saturday, July 23.

The environmental biologist and educator will host a presentation followed by a walk-and-talk tour of Nature Conservation’s new native, water-wise demonstration garden.

The garden is in the design phase at the Margaret River Community Garden on Clarke Road and demonstrates the principles of Mr Prefumo’s talk about how to implement a native, wildlife-friendly garden from scratch.

A second workshop will be held on August 7 where attendees can be involved in hands-on work putting theory into practice during the planting-out of the Clarke Road site.

For Nature Landcare Stewardship Program co-ordinator Peta Lierich said the workshops were designed to help residents help nature in their own backyards.

“This workshop is great for anyone who has a blank slate back or front yard and would like to design out the garden and incorporate native plants and a habitat garden whilst being water-wise,” she said.

“Similarly, if you have an existing garden, you can also use elements from the workshop to enhance or improve your patch into an inviting space for our native animals.

“Co-existing with nature has so many benefits. Not only do you provide a home for our native wildlife, but they in turn can provide you with many services such as pollination and controlling many animals we call pests – not to mention the benefits of human wellbeing associated with nature.”

The workshops will cover target species, identifying possible guest species including birds, frogs, and pollinating insects, soil types, and how to include water features, nesting boxes and appropriate plant species.

Afternoon tea will be provided and Nature Conservation officers will be on-hand to answer questions.

Entry is free for Nature Conservation members, or $10 from the conservation group’s website at www.natureconservation.org.au/for-nature.

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