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    09079: Protecting and restoring ecological connectivity within the Cape to Cape catchment

    Lemon-scented myrtle is one of many species endemic to the south-west protected through the activities of this project. It is one of nicest Australian plants. Courtesy Cape to Cape Catchments Group
    Lemon-scented myrtle is one of many species endemic to the south-west protected through the activities of this project. It is one of nicest Australian plants. Courtesy Cape to Cape Catchments Group

    The Cape to Cape catchment area lies in the middle of one of 15 national biodiversity hotspots, recognised for its extremely diverse and unique flora and fauna. The area is also recognised for the significant threats to biodiversity it faces, with habitat fragmentation and loss of connectivity threatening its ecological values.

    Through this project, the Cape to Cape Catchments Group undertook an on-ground project to protect, restore, and enhance private and shire land within priority ecological corridors throughout the region.

    The long-term aim of the project was to re-establish a network of healthy, functioning and resilient ecological corridors. This project builds on work undertaken through a past Lotterywest-funded project.

    Activities of the project included providing:

    • technical advice on biodiversity management to landholders
    • support for the implementation of on-ground actions for the protection of biodiversity, such as feral animal and weed control, and fencing
    • training to help empower landholders and the community to undertake efficient and effective biodiversity management on their properties.
    Investment: $ 45 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 39 000
    Other contribution: $ 90 700
    Delivery organisation: Cape to Cape To Cape Catchments Group
    Project duration: August 2010 - June 2011
    Location: Bushland around Witchcliffe, Margaret River, Rosa Brook and Cowaramup

    Major project achievements

    • Intensive baiting and trapping conducted across 3000 ha of high priority land.
    • Intensive control of environmental weed across 1000 ha of high priority land.
    • Fencing to exclude stock from 320 ha of high priority and very high priority land (including both upland and riparian remnant vegetation).
    • Dieback control conducted on 18 ha of high priority vegetation.
    • Regeneration and revegetation of up to 10 ha of high priority areas.
    • Two feral animal control workshops conducted to empower the community to tackle increasing fox and feral pig issues.
    • Bushland management workshop conducted to maximise the public benefit from private bushland.
    • Site-specific technical advice, relevant materials and recommendations provided to 40 landholders in priority areas.
    • A woody weeds workshop was held for community members on 12 June 2011.

    Project partners

    Gondwana Link; Augusta Margaret River Shire; Lotterywest; Caring for our Country; Witchcliffe Progress Association; landholders; Water Corporation, Department of Environment and Conservation; ITP (Corporate Group assisting with revegetation)

    More information

    Cape to Cape to Cape Catchments Group (08) 9757 2202

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