December 2021

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Eastern Yellow Robin November 2018 fauna survey Photo: R Pattingale 2018
Eastern Yellow Robin November 2018 fauna survey Photo: R Pattingale 2018

Following a washout in November, a small but very focused team got to work with some planting and weed removal work on 4 December 2021. Leptospermum juniperinum x 8 were added to the west Waratah Street site. Hakea salicifolia x 8 and L. juniperinum x 4 were planted in or adjacent to the swamp. Despite the interruption to the work schedule caused by Covid-19, the site is stable and the more serious weeds, such as Blackberry and Japanese Honeysuckle, are highly controlled. The sediments in the swamp are stabilised by Juncus planifolius (and Yorkshire Fog grass). The recovery of the upper stretch of Lawson Creek is well underway!

A busy month! At the regular session on the third Sunday 19/12/21, planting was the main activity undertaken. Approximately 30 plants went into the western ecological restoration area and the central swamp: Black Wattle Callicoma serratifolia, Tea-tree Leptospermum juniperinum and polygalifolium, Bottlebrush Callistemon citrinus. Good planting weather!

A total of approximately 55 plants found homes in the ecological restoration site during December. Some of these plants were purchased at Wildplant Nursery, Katoomba, using our 25 year Bushcare Award. Peter propagated and raised 30 of the plants, using local seed.

Streamwatch coordinator reports that water quality (phosphorous, acidity, freshness) in the ecological restoration area swamp was good when tested. Understandably, oxygen levels were a bit low. Eastern Water Skink is a regular feature now.