Thursday 11 June 2015
This was the third day of track clearing that the Wellington Park Bushcare Group has put in on the Collins Bonnet track. The section from Myrtle Forest Creek up to the plateau below Collins Bonnet has been heavily overgrown for many years, but the group has cleared over 900 metres and has another 250 to go. The difference is quite remarkable and we are really pleased how the track now looks. The latest working bee did 300m and was complicated by remnants of snow that had to be knocked off bushes before cutting. The site is on the sunny flank of the mountain and on this occasion we enjoyed the warmth even on this winter day.
In August 2014 three walkers lost the track and spent part of the night huddled in the bush until recued, so the track once fully cleared should make a repeat much less likely.
The two photos below show the track before and after work was done.
More photos are on line by clicking the image below.
Tuesday 2 June 2015
There was a possibility that we would work with the Green Army at the Tolosa area, but their supervisor was injured so they were not there. We reverted to our original schedule and headed up to Goat Hills the easy way; in a 4wd driven by Hannah from Glenorchy City Council.
The southern section of our site was checked for Spanish Heath (Erica lusitanica) and plenty of plants were found, but most were spread about with a few more concentrated pockets. However eventually we reached a location that has presented problems over many years and we were again faced with the task of pulling out lots of small plants. It seems that the spot has a big seedbank and we did not have the time to remove all the juvenile plants; most are small and probably won’t reach flowering stage before we return.
Nearby Mount Wellington had plenty of snow cover and our work site is at 450 metres ASL and probably had snow a couple of days ago. Whether it was snow, rain or both it made the soil soft and allowed nearly all plants to be pulled out rather than needing cut and herbicide treatment.
Lunchtime Goat Hills
Hannah, Margaret, Greg, Brian and Rob