Collins Bonnet Track – The Bogs Avoided

Tuesday 28 April 2015

On the upper part of the track to Collins Bonnet in the Western Wellingtons went through two degraded spots but not anymore. In a joint venture with Parks and Wildlife we have rerouted the track on to harder ground.

The two sections went through pineapple grass and this plant breaks down badly with heavy usage. Deep bogs had developed and as walkers tried to avoid them simply created wider and wider muddy tracks. The combined length of the reroutes was 100 metres so it was not a huge distance and was able to done in a single session.

Another section of track had also deteriorated due to water runoff, but it did go over ground with a fair number of rocks. This was drained and additional rocks added to make crossing much more pleasant.

View down the rerouted section 2 of track with Peter and Greg

 

Bottom part of section 2 of the reroute

Wet and muddy area with rock hardening added.

 

On upper part of section 2 reroute Adrian, Ben and  PeterGreg and Peter installing marker pole with Ben looking on, top section 1Top part of section 1 reroute, with Peter and Greg installing marker poleView up from bottom of reroute section 1

 

Collins Bonnet Reroute April 15

 

There is also a photo album on line – click the image below to view.

Collins Bonnet April 2015
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Tolosa Erica Follow Up – Protecting a rare community

Tuesday 14 April 2014

Below the foothills of Wellington Park in the Tolosa area there is a community of Epacris virgata, a rare plant threatened by the invasive Spanish Heath (Erica lusitanica scourge.  The Wellington Park Bushcare Group has been removing the weed for 10 years.

Two areas were targeted on this latest event, which for one spot was our 9th follow-up, with the previous two visits in Feb and August 2014. It was most surprising the number of small plants discovered today, but it seems that there is a big seedbank there.

The other location was close to Humphrey Rivulet and the last time the site was looked at only a few small plants were noticed and gave the impression that we were well on top of it.  However quite a large number of plants discovered to have grown but none had yet flowered.

At both sites most of the Spanish Heath was removed but a follow up will be required within 12 months to pounce on what inevitably were missed or that sprout in the meantime.

Sabine and John  clearing small Erica plants that have grown since last follow up.

Sabine and John  clearing small Erica plants that have grown since last follow up.

 

Ted, Greg G and Greg B pulling oiut small seedlings

Ted, Greg G and Greg B pulling out small seedlings

 

Below are two photos of one of the sites before work was started (photo taken 2007) and in April 2015

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Site where Erica was thick not far from AX