Damp Bush – Goat Hills

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Goat Hills
Although the work was cancelled because of the weather
prevailing on the morning, some activities went ahead in lieu.  Harry from Glenorchy City wanted to survey a
site in Goat Hills to assess how much work would be involved in clearing the
Erica remaining.
 
When I arrived, there was a new volunteer, Chris, was
waiting.  It transpired that the Wildcare
booking system had stopped sending advisory emails to the group and so I was
unaware that he would be there.  Wildcare
has been told about the problem and hopefully the system has now been rectified.
 
From the time, we started up the fire trail the weather
turned fine and there were sunny periods. It is always a quandary with the
weather, but a decision on cancelling had to be made by 7:30 am, but the bush remained
quite wet which is not ideal conditions for working in.
 

 

Back to the survey, the area has patches of Erica of differing
concentrations and covers some 1.3 hectares.  With luck a contractor can be organised to do
the work over the next few months.
 
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Almost Half Way Devils Throne Reroute

 

Wednesday 12 April 2017
 
 
On the day prior to the scheduled work we learnt that Pinnacle Road may be closed until 10 AM,
because of helicopter shuttling track materials.  By late afternoon notice was received that
the road would in fact be open, so the work was able to go ahead.


Peter clearing vegetation

 

 

The previous day’s rain was still sitting on the bushes as low cloud cover didn’t permit
dispersal. Sun did eventually arrive and it became a very pleasant day.  Initially the best route had to be selected before the clearing work could commence.  Progress was good especially considering that
quite a bit of the work involved cutting dense low vegetation and 165 metres of new track was done. This brings our overall length cut to 310 metres leaving 450 metres to go. 
The group

 

Some Extra Help – Main Fire Trail Old Farm Area

Tuesday 4 April 2017

For this working bee we had staff from a section of UTAS as part of a Health & Wellbeing program and they were an enthusiastic, hard working group and their efforts most appreciated.

UTAS staff ona volunteer a day program with WPBG members



A large patch of Erica just below the Main Fire trail not far from Old Farm Road was tackled and a considerable area was cleared.  The Erica, known as Spanish Heath, was in the majority of cases large and several years old.  It was growing alongside Bracken and a variety of native plants.



The land worked on is within Wellington Park and we hope that through our action we can encourage TasNetworks to give a higher priority to the part that is outside the park.





A photo album is online, which includes some taken by Michelle from Hobart Bushcare




Photos above are of site A before and after
Photos above are of site B before and after
Photos above are at site D before and after

 

A well-earned break – Inglewood

Tuesday 7 March 2017

In what was ideal; weather a large patch of tall Gorse was tackled at the edge of Inglewood Fire Trail and the result was a very pleasing area cleared of the menace. Some seedlings were noticed from our last venture to this location in 2015.
 

Morning break was  cool enough to be pleasant in the sun and made more enjoyable courtesy of the Hobart Bushcare pastries and cake brought along by Michelle from the Summer Kitchen bakery of Ranelagh.

 
Top is site with large Gorse bushes and below after it was cleared
Morning break in the sun.
 

More Than Expected

Mount Connection

 Tuesday 7 February 2017

 It was known that almost 600 metres of track lay between the high point on the mount Connection track and where we finished work in January. What wasn’t known was how overgrown it was, and any hope of getting through it quickly was soon dispelled.
Our morning and lunch break lookout, here with Greg and Ted
Without the hedge trimmers, it would not have been possible to compete the work, which has boosted our conviction that they are a great aid to track work.

PWS drove us along the East West Fire Trail to the start of the walking track which meant going past 500 metres of thick and at times tall bushes overgrowing the track.  This is down on our agenda for the near future.
Site A before clearing, obviously quite thick

Ted finishing of a spot on the now cleared track  Site A
Section of track cleared on the day

 

Trimming Power – Mount Connection Track

Tuesday 10 January 2017


Having hedge trimmers made a huge difference to what could be achieved in clearing the track to Mount Connection in Wellington Park. Our group purchased one last year, after seeing how effective the Parks & Wildlife Service’s one was, and had already tested it out on this very track. On this trip, Peter and Josh from PWS shared operating one whilst Greg K and Adrian used ours.

Cutting back the overgrowing vegetation
 
 
Vegetation now clear of boardwalk, cut with hedge trimmer
Meanwhile the remainder of the party concentrated on the taller bushes and small trees that needed pruning with the result of tremendous 1.25k of track being rejuvenated.
One of the advantages of working with PWS is vehicle access, and on this occasion, it was along the rough and at times steep Big Bend Fire Trail allowing at least some of our party to get a lift close to the work site. Even so, with such a great turnout of volunteers not all could be accommodated and had to walk.
Craspedia alpina
Billybuttons
 
 
Work finished some 600 metres shy of the crest of Mount Connection and about 1.8k from the end at the   East West Fire Trail. It will now be more productive to start from that point when the work is recommenced in February.
 

 

 

Morning break at Mount Connection track

 

 

Intruding on a Reptile – Goat Hills

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Whilst working on a patch I noticed the end of a tail poking out from under some litter and realised it was a Bluetongue lizard.  It remained motionless for about 15 minutes or so while I worked nearby and eventually decided it was safe to emerge after I got a bit further away.

Bluetongue is hard to see  arrows mark it






















Thought it was safe to come out of hiding



I tried a pair of insect repelling overalls that were a gift, but it is hard to know how effective they were. There were a few mosquitoes about but I don’t think anyone got bitten and neither did I, so the test was somewhat inconclusive.



As for the work, we discovered that the patch of Erica leftover from the last visit was more extensive than thought. We did make a good fist of it but as we did not have as many helping as sometimes, some had to be left to finish another time; probably next May. 


Ted busy working on the Erica at Goat Hills.
 

 

Details of working bees