Tuesday 24 Jun 08

Checked through the site beside Tolosa FT that is the area for out Envirofund project and took “after” photos from set photopoints. Almost all Erica plants appeared to be dead. The lower site to be rehabilitated after the removal of pines still had the debris left from the logging.

Some isolated pines were checked and most looked unwell following the application of herbicide and a concentrated pocket of Erica near the creek that had also been sprayed looked to have been successfully treated.

Some Erica still existed near where we finished work in December 2007 needs clearing and a check further north revealed more bushes.

The area beside Knights Creek track where Erica was removed April 2006 was checked and apart only a few isolated bushes were found, expect near Humphries Rivulet where bushes were noted above the creek and on the bank.

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Follow up on Erica at Goat Hills

Tuesday 3 Jun 08

Although it was clear enough at the car park during the climb to Goat Hills we gradually got into fog that thickened as height was gained. Nevertheless most of the time it remained reasonably dry, with just an occasional light drizzle effect.

Four areas were checked over (see map below for each section):

Section A near Montrose Fire Trail W7 which had primary control several years before and was found to have just a few pockets of either seedlings or spots previously overlooked.

Section B upper side of Goat Fire Trail W28 was checked for Broom seedlings and scoured for Erica. One location had a number of Erica reshooting from previous work and had to recut and painted with herbicide. The primary work was done in 2004 and 2005.

Section C also on upper side of Goat Fire Trail where the follow up on small patch of Erica revealed no reshooting and a small number of seedlings but only close to the edge of the fire trail. The primary work was in 2005.

Section D in the central region between Goat and Chapel Fire trails where seedlings had previously been noted as prolific following a burn off in 2003/4. The section was originally treated in 2003 prior to the burn and this was the third follow up at this spot (previously Dec 2006 and June 2007) and there was insufficient time to clear all with still others left untouched further down slope. In general about 90% were able to pulled out with only 10%

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Inglewood Gorse Removal

Removal of Gorse Inglewood Site on Tuesday 6 May 08

A large patch of Gorse was removed that was growing well inside the bush off the Inglewood Fire Trail. Four people from Conservation Volunteers Australia assisted in the work and were taken on a walk along the new multi-purpose Track during the afternoon.

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CVA Team


Upper Site Before work

Upper site after work



Group amongst the Gorse

CVA team checking details with John

Middle area after work

Trestle Mt Work Site

Wellington Park Bushcare Group

Follow up removal of Broom seedlings at Wellington Park on Tuesday 1 Apr 08

The area was searched through and all seedlings that could be found were removed by pulling out. Apart from a small number of plants possibly missed from our last working bee the seedlings were generally below 15cm high and pulled readily.

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Lakins Site

19 Mar 08

Checked the Erica above the track and found 11, mostly 15cm or greater, but several quite small plants as well. All were easily pulled out. After the 2001 wildfire a mass of Clovertrees (Goodia) grew but has now all died to reveal another patch of Erica; some 50-60 bushes were located in a small area, but does not seem to have spread further. Some of these bushes were big enough to have seeded and although now all pulled out (even the big ones over 50 cm came out with persuasion) but will need careful watching for the inevitable seedlings.

The first mentioned group were pulled out prior to the fire and since then seedling found and removed in July 2004, and Jan 2006.

Interestingly as far as I could tell all the Goodia lotifolia were dead but from a brief check on available information I was unable to establish if this is common for the species; no references mentioned life span, but one indicated “never let dry out”, so it could be simply the harsh conditions experienced over the last few years. However I do not recall seeing the plant in such profusion pre-fire as post-fire when it was very dominant at this location. were dead but from a brief check on available information I was unable to establish if this is common for the species.

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Noahs and McRobies Area


At Noahs Saddle the blue periwinkle needs eradicating and there were about 15 small Erica bushes, which were pulled out. Below in the gully is a patch of Gorse plus quite a number of Hawthorn spread about in the bush. The total area involved is not that extensive, and beyond there and all the way down to where the gully meets the tip it is free of weeds.


From the bottom of the Noahs/Slides gully I then went into McRobies Gully.

In McRobies above the tip and old bulldozed track leads all the way up to the Broom worksite. A small to moderate patch of Gorse (224515)was found, plus a small patch of Broom (221515), a small group of Willows, two Erica and one unidentified species that looked exotic (see photo 4737).

These weeds were all located close to the track, which was probably instrumental in introducing them.

The large size of the area of cleared Broom was most impressive and the spraying of regenerating seedlings appeared successful. The nearby Erica and Gorse site had a modest number of seedlings.

A follow up working bee should be able to also remove the newly discovered weed sightings lower down the gully.

Main Fire Trail Site 2 near junction with McRobies

A few Erica seedlings were found and all were pulled out.

Details of working bees