WOOL FOR WILDLIFE

A group of volunteers have been knitting and sewing for the past two Thursdays to help wildlife rescued from the heat, smoke and bushfires.

The Wildlife Working Bees have been organised by Hills Community Aid and held at Learning in the Hills premises on the Balcombe Heights Estate at Baulkham Hills.

On Thursday, a representative from WIRES North West Sydney visited the working bee and spoke to volunteers who presented her with a selectin of bat wraps and woollen nests for injured birds.

She told the group that birds were suffering from smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.

Mici Beer executive officer at Hills Community Aid said the interest had been so great and the need so urgent that there would be Wildlife Working bees on the next two Thursday, January 23 and January 30 from 9.30am.

“It has been great to see mums and daughters, youth to seniors come along and share skills, knowledge and resources to assist our wildlife,” she said.

“Everyone wants to do something to help out in the bushfires so this has been a great way for our local community to come together and support the injured wildlife.

“Most people didn’t know each other so it’s been a great opportunity for community members to meet other like-minded people who want to help.”

She said people had been sharing both stories and patterns.

She also thanked Spotlight for donating the cotton fabric for the wraps and pouches.

The next Wildlife Working Bees are on January 23 and January 30 from 9.30am to noon at Learning in the Hills in the Turner Buildings at Balcombe Heights Estate 92, Seven Hills Rd, Baulkham Hills. The entrance is opposite Jasper Road School.

For further information ring 9639 7918 or visit the Hills Community Aid Facebook page. To donate to WIRES visit wires.org.au