June 2022

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A lovely sunny, winter’s day in Lawson! The bushcare group got to work on the Waratah Street east site. Further expanses of Privet seedlings were removed; as a result, Microlaena sp. grass, or Weeping Meadow grass, as it is also termed, is naturally regenerating strongly. Some heavy duty weed busting was done by Bushcare Officer Karen on stands of Privet, Japanese Honeysuckle and Blackberry, revealing a nice clump of Blechnum nudum ferns. A tributary to Lawson Creek was also treated and several Rough Tree Ferns (Cyathea australis) were rescued from darkness and smothering Japanese Honeysuckle!

East Waratah Street ecological restoration area further weed management revealing Blechnum nudum ferns (centre rear) Photo: P Ardill June 2022
Waratah Street east ecological restoration area further weed management revealing Blechnum nudum ferns (centre rear) Photo: P Ardill June 2022

Streamwatch convenor reports that water quality in Lawson Creek tributary adjacent to Waratah Street east site was good: oxygen levels; phosphorous levels; turbidity; saltiness; pH levels.