Bawley Point Bushcare Group
Restoration of coastal bushland, beaches, headlands and wetlands in and around Bawley & Kioloa
Coordinator: Sybille Davidson
Coordinator: Sybille Davidson
Did you know that if you remove environmental weeds from your garden, that the Milton Rural Landcare group are happy to provide you with a suitable replacement plant for FREE, yes you heard right - for free. Landcare working in support of Bushcare!
Bushcare Update Feb 2014
Why Bushcare? – to promote and implement ecologically sustainable management of the natural bushland areas.
A big part of this is removing exotic plants that have become environmental weeds to conserve Australia’s flora and fauna biodiversity.
Since kicking off in 2007, Bawley Point Bushcare's big issue has been dealing with huge swathes of Mother of Millions cactus …. a determined invader from Madagascar; it loves rocks and sand and was found all over our Bawley Point headlands and beach dunes, as well as road verges and bushland up at Kioloa. This weed problem was much bigger than us!!! So, we applied for a funding grant and with the support of Alasdair Stratton, Bushcare Co-ordinator for Shoalhaven City Council, we were successful in winning a grant to fund a very experienced local contractor. This was a huge project but he systematically and expertly lead a frontal attack on these infestations. As a result, all of our Mother of Millions areas are now greatly reduced and we are progressively getting on top of this weed with follow-up nit-picking.
Bawley Point has a wide range of other environmental weeds (listed below) - largely along edges of intact native bushland where properties or roads fringe the bush. Being a small group we focus "good" patches of native bush to keep these as free as possible from invader exotics. Some areas that are totally degraded by weeds tend not to get much of our attention e.g the northern backblocks of Gannet Beach, which has blankets of Asparagus fern and Groundsel creeper. It would be wonderful if some local householders there were interested to take on a bit of rehabilitation work along that hind-dune and northern access tracks. They would need to register as bushcare volunteers and they would then be provided with weed-control training and equipment support. No doubt a few of us could also lend a hand from time to time - but there would need to be some local interest.
Bawley Point weeds:
These garden plants have become our worst environmental weeds. Have you got these growing in YOUR garden?
Asparagus ferns; Mother of Millions; Cassia trees (e.g. Senna pendula); Fishbone fern; Formosa Lily; Monbretia; Spider Plant; Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia); Dolichos Pea; Creeping Charlie; Japanese honeysuckle; English Ivy; Blackberry; Ochna; African Boxthorn; Tradescantia; 3 Senecio species: Climbing Groundsel, German Ivy, Fireweed; Mirror-bush; Norfolk Island Hibiscus; Polygala - Butterfly bush; Sailor-boy Daisy; Agapanthus; creeping Bamboo; Madeira vine; Arum lily
Weeds in Kioloa
Kioloa Bushcare is dealing with a similar range of weeds but a huge weed problem there is a lily from Africa called Aristea ecklonii which has a pretty blue flower. However beauty is only in the eye of the beholder and Kioloa Bushcare has been targeting this one with a vengeance. Unfortunately it is invading lots of properties along Glasford, Northwood, Forest Dr and Golden Beaches Dr - where it is out of reach of bushcarers, who can only work on Council managed land. Please don't invite it into your garden! It would be great if anyone having this lily on their land would lead the way in beating it back. We have persuaded the local Murramarang National Park folk to start dealing with it on their land (out of bounds to Bushcare). We believe it is also spread via the sticky seeds attached to the pelts of kangaroos, because it can be found wherever ‘roos are known to camp. So weeds are able to jump over fences in more ways than one!
There’s plenty of info on this website about why Aristea should not be in your garden:
The following is a link to the Shoalhaven Council's website where info and pictures can be obtained about most of these environmental weeds:
A very helpful free publication called Grow-Me-Instead is also available at Linda's for Hair at the Bawley Shopping Centre.
Bushcare - how is it different from Landcare?
In the end the big picture interest is the same, that is, rescuing and promoting native vegetation to help preserve biodiversity in our local area. The main difference is organisational, that is, land ownership and how environmental rehabilitation is achieved and managed.
Bushcare is supported and funded, by way of some equipment, training, insurance cover and advisory staff by Shoalhaven City Council with the work carried out by local volunteers on Council managed land only. Most work is manual, for example hand-pulling or using simple tools in an effort to remove environmental weeds which are mostly different from agricultural weeds. With Shoalhaven City Council's support, Bushcare groups can apply for and do score funding grants to tackle big issues, as did Bawley Point Bushcare in 2008-9, (see above article on Mother of Millions) .
Landcare is a movement begun some years back by a group of farmers to support each other with environmental works, new approaches to land management (especially with agricultural weeds), creek line fencing and revegetation on their own properties, i.e. private land.
As it happens, many Bawley Point Bushcare members are also volunteers for Milton Rural Landcare, which runs a Nursery near the Council compound in Ulladulla. Plants are propagated there to supply to farmers for revegetation work on private properties. They also work with National Parks & Wildlife Service Rangers growing tubestock from seed for National Park projects. When carrying out Landcare work volunteers are not using council provided materials. Landcare groups often qualify for grant funding various kinds to support these initiatives and projects.
Bushcare notice regarding stormwater drain in Malibu Drive
Bushcare pile burn at Shearwater Crescent
Bawley Point Bushcare wishes to advise that we will be conducting a PILE BURN in the Willinga Reserve opposite the houses in Shearwater Crescent – just up the hill from the new Bawley Point sign. Weather permitting; this will take place on Friday morning shortly after 8am, 16th August 2013. Lloyd Tutton and the Bawley Point RFS will be supervising the burn and will have their fire truck on hand. If the weather does not allow for a burn on the 16th we will try for another morning later in the week. The material in the burn consists of invasive woody weeds including trees that have been cut down recently in that reserve by the local Bushcare group. No other material may be added.
There are a number of exotic species invading this bush reserve - largely due to green waste dumping practices. This bushland is a native reserve and habitat to many of our favourite native birds and animals. It is vulnerable to invasions of exotic species from neighbouring gardens. It is also a margin to the Meroo National Park. Please refrain from dumping of garden waste into native bushland. There are huge future costs in allowing exotic species of plants and animals to run riot in Australia.
Informative websites are:
For further information please ring Sybille Davidson 02 4457 2669.
Award for Bawley Point Kioloa Bushcarers
Bawley Point Kioloa Bushcarers have recieved an award recognising their Natural Resource Management achievements.
Environmental volunteers working in farmland and native bushland management were recognised by the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (SRCMA) at a celebratory evening and dinner held at Mollymook Bowling Club on Friday evening 1st June 2012.
The winners of the Champions of the Catchment Awards were selected from various categories of community groups, primary producers and individuals involved in landcaring projects involving natural resource management, education, indigenous and coastcare initiatives. Sybille Davidson received an award on behalf of the Bawley Pt and Kioloa Bushcare groups and Lesley Martin received an award on behalf of Milton Rural Landcare Inc; this organisation also has provided support for bushcare initiatives and weed control and native revegetation projects in Bawley Point and Kioloa area including on the ANU Coastal Campus and in the local National Parks.
According to SRCMA Chairperson, Pam Green, the awards recognise the outstanding contributions of local individuals and groups who are working towards a sustainable future by improving the management of natural resources of the Southern Rivers region.
For further information about the SRCMA visit this site: http://www.southern.cma.nsw.gov.au/about_us-role_of_SRCMA.php
The bushcare groups hold regular working bees along bushland reserves at Bawley Point, including out on the headlands and hinddunes, as well as O’Hara headland and other reserves adjacent to Kiioloa village. If you would like further information about local bushcare at Bawley Point and Kioloa, or would like to know how the Landcare organisation may be able to support weed control and revegetation projects on private land, please ring: Sybille Davidson 4457 2669.
Public announcement from Bawley Point & Kioloa Bushcare
We would like to alert folk regarding the worrying spread of the environmental weed Aristea ecklonii, a blue-flowering iris from Africa, and request that people be alert to how easily it hops over garden fences. For this reason, from an environmental viewpoint, it is not a good plant to have in your garden as it is a garden escapee that is now rampant in our local native bushland including National Parks.
Over recent years Kioloa and Bawley Point Bushcare groups have been attacking Aristea vigorously along Kioloa and Bawley Point roadsides, but obviously the seedbed is already wider spread and we are having to ask for Council and National Parks to find some funding to help in this battle. Yes, it has pretty flowers but this is a feral plant which is already out of control, seems to spread by means of sticky seeds clinging to the coats of kangaroos So it is now to be found even hidden away along bushland kangaroo trails so you have to penetrate thick bush to track it down.
If you have heard of problem plants brought into Australia, such as Patterson's Curse, Lantana, Bitou Bush, Bridal Creeper, you will understand that weedy species can cause huge problems in the Australian environment and also end up costing millions of dollars in resources to contain them. Australia's precious botanical biodiversity is constantly under threat from introduced weeds - so let us not wait till it's too late. Let us help prevent Aristea ecklonii becoming yet another weed of national significance - an intractible problem in the Australian landscape.
For your information you can check it out on this website.
Please assist by not inviting weedy exotics into your garden. If you are in doubt about which are suitable plants for your garden please pick up a copy of the free GROW ME INSTEAD booklet at Linda's for Hair located in the Bawley Point shops. If you would like more information about local bushcare please ring me.
Tel 4457 2669
Bawley Point Bushcare Co-ordinator and (currently) Kioloa Bushcare Co-ordinator
Kioloa Weed Control Target One Step Closer