South Lawson Park bushcare site
- The bushcare site is located in Lawson, Blue Mountains, NSW, on public land managed by Blue Mountains City Council.
- The site commences 400 metres to the south-east of Lawson shopping centre, and extends over the upper catchment of Lawson Creek.
- It is approximately bounded by Waratah Street to the north and Junction Falls, Lawson Creek, in the south.
- The site is focused on Lawson Creek and its tributaries, riparian zone, swamps and adjoining woodlands.
- The site is home to at least 60 species of Australian indigenous fauna, and is vegetated by at least 70 species of Australian indigenous flora.
A great way to become familiar with the site is to view our eight minute film, Bushcare Blue Mountains: South Lawson Park: https://vimeo.com/verahong/south-lawson-bushcare . Many thanks to Vera and Craig at Seconds Minutes Hours Productions for their wonderful cinematography.
South Lawson Park
Much of the bushcare site is located within South Lawson Park, a public recreation reserve. These are the traditional lands of the Gundungurra First Nations community, and are subject to an Indigenous Land Use Agreement.
The park was set aside as a reserve in 1876 and dedicated as a park in 1887. Local resident Joseph Hay arranged for the park’s dedication and much of the early track construction (Reference: Brian Cox, ‘Blue Mountains Geographical Dictionary’ 2006).
The altitude of Lawson is 700 metres and average annual rainfall is approximately 1250mm, with summer and autumn being the wettest months (Bureau of Meteorology). Temperature ranges are mild. However, forecast summer temperatures are steadily increasing.
Degrading impacts adversely effect the catchment.
- Maintenance of essential infrastructure and the construction of unauthorised paths or bike tracks can degrade bushland. These activities allow weeds to become established in a particular area. Intact and healthy bushland tends to repel weed infestation.
- Unmanaged stormwater flows
- Rubbish dumping
- Feral animals
- Climate change. The frequency of extremely hot summer days and longer sequences of hot days is increasing. The severe 2018-2020 drought has resulted in very low water flows in Lawson Creek, with reduced oxygen levels and impaired macroinvertebrate habitat. Natural regeneration of indigenous plants on bushcare sites is being impeded, due to extreme dryness. Indigenous plants are stressed and in some cases, dying. The severe 2019-20 bushfires have killed millions of native animals in the Erskine Creek and associated catchments, and also destroyed essential native animal habitat.
(Australian Copyright Act 1968 applies. Text and photos on this site are subject to copyright. Many thanks to the members of South Lawson Park Bushcare Group, our BMCC Bushcare Officer and Second Minutes Hours Productions for their contributions to this website)