September saw us working again in the bushland adjacent to Waratah Street. A carpet of Privet seedlings remains a challenge here. Willow, Blackberry, flowering Broom and Privet were treated in the Lawson Creek upper swamp.
We continued working in the regen area adjacent to east Waratah Street. Lots of Privet to remove but also some nice regeneration happening. The small Australian marsupial Antechinus has been busy here too!
In the recently released report Lawson and Cataract Creeks received ‘Fair’ ratings and the rest of the Erskine Creek catchment was rated “Good” to “Excellent”! This is an improvement for Lawson Creek, which only got a “Poor” last year. We had detected an improvement when we did macroinvertebrate sampling last October and it looks like this has held up into 2018. The report should be posted on https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/waterquality soon.
This session the group worked at the eastern end of the unformed Waratah Street section, treating Turkey Rhubarb, Privet, Japanese Honeysuckle and Broom. It would seem that we have Sugar Gliders in the area, so that’s great! This area just used to be a forest of Privet, so removal of it may have enhanced the glider’s habitat and particularly feeding opportunities.
In May the Bushcare group continued with the work commenced in April, treating weeds in the regeneration site adjacent to Waratah Street. Our Bushcare Officer is pleased with the progress in this area and further expansion of the work here is being considered, with a “recce” planned.
It’s also good to hear that the BMCC Bush Regeneration Team has been working along Lawson Creek in the carpark area, and that contractors have been working near the RMS detention basin and through the swamp on Lawson Creek.
This month we resumed work on our site immediately adjacent to the unformed section of Waratah Street. This area, normally quite damp, is now drying out a bit, due to the decreased rainfall of the last year. The natural ferns are struggling and the weeds Deadly Nightshade, Privet and Montbretia are doing well. We spent the time consolidating recovered natural bushland areas and weeding around remnant areas of good bushland. The same area is depicted in the post of July, 2017. A challenging site!
A hot day saw us working in and around the mid-stream Lawson swamp, opposite the oval. Weeds included Blackberry, Privet, Arum lily, Montbretia and Japanese honeysuckle. Sections of this swamp are in nice condition but quite a bit of it still needs a lot of help.
Another hot day saw us working between Lawson oval and the rather dryish upper section of Lawson swamp, treating Privet, Blackberry, Arum Lily, Montbretia and Japanese Honeysuckle. Lawson Creek is only about half its normal width; mud flats are exposed. Hopefully the heavy rain around the upper Mountains on Monday evening of 19/2 evening extended down to Lawson.
On a very hot day the group removed juvenile Privet, Turkey Rhubarb, Buttercup, flowering Montbretia and invasive Strawberry from the creek riparian zone opposite the playing fields.
The prestigious Australian Museum reckons we do a good job! We enjoy working with Gregory and the team there.
Congratulations to all those involved with Lawson StreamWatch over the years.
Congratulations to all StreamWatch award winners:
Long Term Commitment (Schools) – Recognising ongoing commitment over a number of years
|Penrith High School||28 years|
|Seven Hills High School||25 years|
|The Illawarra Grammar School||22 years|
|Ryde TAFE||21 years|
|St Andrews College||20 years|
|Blakehurst High School||19 years|
Long Term Continuity (Groups) – Recognising many years of monitoring with minimal break
|Glenorie Environment and Creative Arts Centre||23 years|
|Eastbend Rural Communications||19 years|
|Lawson StreamWatch Group||16 years|
|Cowan Catchment StreamWatch Group||16 years|
|Royal National Park NPWS||15 years|
|Cattai Catchment Landcare and Annangrove Public School||15 years|