A spectacular Endemic Epacris – Goat Hills

Thursday 10 September 2015

Good fortune was with us today, with pleasant, sunny and warm conditions together with the Epacris acuminate being in full flower. The Chapel access track for the drive to the Epacris site was dry which meant a quicker trip than if Montrose had to be used.

The Epacris acuminate or Clasping-leaf heath as the common name, is a rare endemic plant and the population in Goat Hills is fairly exceptional in where it is growing. This dense population growing on dolerite sheet rock is threatened by invading Erica and the Epacris was in spectacular flower on this visit. The scene is a delight with thick swathes of almost pure Epacris surrounding open island of low grass and herbs.

A search was made of all the known Erica spots and at most we did find a few plants, which were swiftly decapitated. At only the very farthest west record, which we had not previously been to, did we find a larger number.

  Epacris acuminata with Greg just visible in bush

  Epacris acuminata in Goat Hills


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Goat Hills Epacris September 2015

Chocolate Cake Day

Inglewood Site

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Party at work at Inglewood  John  Rob, Greg and Ted

It was just as well that a good number of people were able to help on the latest Wellington Park Bushcare Group event as there was a big and very rich chocolate cake to get through. This was for the morning break and provided by the City of Hobart as a thank you to the volunteers.

The northern side of the 650 metres of fire break was cleared of big gorse bushes over 5 years from 2007 to 2012 and now this opposite edge for the last 3 years. Today we had a mixture of slender Gorse bushes and plenty of thick ones and all were tall, but it is the big ones that are more satisfying to remove because the area cleared progresses much quicker. Quite a dent was made, leaving behind a trail of cut mounds to breakdown to a mulch.

Site at Inglewood after work Top section

The same site as the photo above, after the Gorse has been removed.

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Inglewood September 2015