Tuesday 6 June 2017
A few days prior the weather forecast looked a bit foreboding, but as the day drew closer things started to modify. It turned out to be fine, often sunny and generally quite pleasant.
The site has been worked over for some years and it was just small Spanish Heath plants to hand pull. Most tended to be confined to a number of spots rather than spread widely.
Right on the morning break, Harry from Glenorchy City arrived with a surprise of tasty pastries and muffins: Greatly appreciated and we found it easy to delay returning to work while there was still some remaining.
By the knockoff time we had swept through the whole site and removed all the weeds found. Although the threatened Epacris virgate was mostly looking to be battling it was good to find a healthy patch of yellow riceflower, Pimelea flava subsp. flava; a reasonably rare plant for the area. There is a record of a sighting here made in 2006.
| yellow riceflower, Pimelea flava subsp.
Tuesday 4 august 2015
As predicted snow was at sea level on Monday, but fortunately Tuesday was a much more congenial day for working in the bush. Even so, the snow was clearly visible a short bit higher up but with sun out it was quite pleasant where we were located. Soon after packing up and going out the gate rain started so our timing was most fortuitous.
Morning break was enhanced by tasty slices sent along for us by Stuart from Glenorchy Council and Hannah also from there provided the group with some new equipment, which is most appreciated. Another difference this day was the Green Army joining us to help, they have been working in this part of the park for a couple of months and have cleared lots of weeds.
The Tolosa site is one we have been working in for many years and as usual the task was to scan the area for new plants. We were able to go over the whole of the northern sector of the site including along some nice banks above Humphrey Rivulet. All this was achieved before morning tea and although there were enough plants to keep us busy the number was quite manageable. It had been 4 years since we last were able to get to the furthest off spot and it was found to still be in good shape.
Bush at the northern end of the Tolosa site
The remainder of the time was spent in a sweep of the southern part of the site and a big chunk of this had not been visited for several years. Here we did find a few thick patches of small Erica, but the vast bulk had never grown enough to flower. All found were removed.
Whilst walking though the bush we spotted a park sign for Knights track that had been detached and thrown quite a distance from its post. Greg had the right tools in his car to firmly refix it.
In all a very satisfying day.
Lunchtime at Tolosa with Chris, Bronwyn, Sabine, Brian, Adrian and Greg
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.
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
5 August 2014
The work was divided into two areas. Prior to morning tea break the northern section which has been worked on regularly for 9 years was checked and a lot of quite small Erica plants removed; some of the bigger ones did have a few flowers forming.
Then we moved north, removing some small patches at the roadside on the way. At the site near an old pipe line access way larger bushes were pulled out, but there were also bigger Erica in the bush and these required cutting and herbicide.
The route taken back to the car was via pines that we had either cut down or ringbarked and applied herbicide to during 2012. It was very satisfying to see that most were very much dead and the few that weren’t were in a very sick condition with only a little life left in the bottom branches. A few large Erica plants were also discovered near the creek on the way.
Dead pines in the bush at Tolosa
Tuesday 4 February 2014
It was ideal weather and we spent the first part of the morning pulling out small Erica plants from the site just south of the former pine area. Although a lot were removed more still remain. It is however somewhat tedious work and the second part of the morning was spent locating and removing mostly mature bushes of Erica in the zone on the south side of Knights Trail towards the TasWater weir.
A few pines several metres tall, but not too thick in the trunk were sawn down in this latter area and several patches of Erica was discovered and removed.
Ted with pine to cut down
Bird nest John found
The annual meeting for Wildcare was held at morning tea break. It was decided that Peter would take on the President role, which Mike decided to relinquish. John was appointed Secretary. Mike had been President since the group joined Wildcare and his efforts in fostering Wellington Park Bushcare Group is most appreciated.
Tuesday 3 December 2013
Before we headed off into the bush to the Tolosa worksites, a convoy of vehicles with flashing lights could be seen heading up the road. It transpired that the fire service was about to carry out a management burn. The senior fire officers thought we would be OK at the work sites and we headed off, however the GCC staff were concerned about potential fire escapes and the work was transferred to a Montrose site.
Before the call to move was received we located a number of small Erica plants in locations previously thought to be completely clear. A couple of other sites also had new seedlings. It may be the wet spring encouraged the seedling to sprout. Anyway a number were able to be removed plus a 3 metre high pine, which had either escaped attention previously or had grown up over the last 2 years.
At the Montrose site we were joined by Michael Easton for morning tea. It was farewell visit from Michael prior to his departure from the Wellington Park Management Trust.
Boneseed removal was the task at this lower Montrose site and quite a number of plants of both large and seedling size were removed.
At both the Tolosa and Montrose sites there is plenty of work still to do to bring the weeds under better control.
Tuesday 2 April 2013
As we only had a small group the work was entirely on removing seedlings and some plants growing from older roots in the original work site and that which had been treated from grant funds in 2007. Generally the areas infected with new Erica were in patches with quite a number of small plants, whist elsewhere there were just a few dotted about. A small number of pines seedlings were located and removed. A check on a couple of the nearby sites that have been worked on previously indicated that only a few small plants were growing.
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