Volunteers have a fresh chance to make a difference to the local environment this weekend as Nature Conservation Margaret River Region sees a welcome boom in community volunteers. Nature Conservation’s Friends of Reserves co-ordinator Mandy Edwards said the turnout to last Sunday’s efforts at Nguraren Kalleep Reserve was remarkable. “We’re seeing bigger numbers than ever before and it means we can have a greater impact protecting our precious environment,” she said. “And we encourage everyone to keep coming to more events planned in coming weeks and months.” Among those events is the not-for-profit’s annual Wooditjup Bilya community planting day on Sunday from 10am to midday, with an army of volunteers needed to plant 2000 native seedlings. The project builds on five years of riparian planting along the Margaret River near Kevill Falls, which now covers an impressive three hectares and was already improving water quality, enhancing habitat for a host of native birds and animals, and boosting biodiversity, according to conservation officer Lauren Scanlon. “Last year we had a mammoth community turnout, with more than 100 volunteers planting more than 2000 seedlings,” she said. “This year, we’ve got just as many plants to get into the ground, so we need plenty of helpers to continue to restore this beautiful section of the Wooditjup Bilya or Margaret River.” Zac Webb from the Undalup Association will host a welcome to country ceremony and also share stories of Wooditjup Bilya. Ms Edwards said it was inspiring to see so many residents donating their time to help protect and nurture local biodiversity. Volunteers are asked to bring wet weather gear, hats, water bottles and gloves plus any tools available if they want to take part in the planting program. Parking is encouraged opposite 245 Kevill Road with participants to follow the access track and signs to the planting site at the nearby Shire reserve.