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    10010: The restoration of the ecological integrity of Pelican Point A-class reserve

    Matting installed for erosion control at Pelican Point has been planted with sedges. Courtesy Margaret Matassa, Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group Inc.
    Matting installed for erosion control at Pelican Point has been planted with sedges. Courtesy Margaret Matassa, Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group Inc.

    Pelican Point is one of only three small A-class reserves in the Swan River estuary set aside by the community for the benefit of native fauna. It provides habitat crucial to a large number of local and migratory birds, among which the red-necked stint and the fairy tern are significant and of major concern.

    The reserve is significantly degraded and needs urgent restoration.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project aims to lay the foundations for the restoration of the reserve and take the first steps in the restoration process.

    Information and data on the current condition of the reserve will be collected and development and implementation of strategies that will maximise its ecological health determined. This will involve:

    • mapping vegetation
    • preparation of a weed-management plan
    • monitoring waterbird numbers
    • identifying and minimising principal stressors.

    Weed removal and revegetation will start as appropriate and public education will be an important part of the project.

    Investment: $ 32 785
    Other contribution: $ 36 063
    Delivery organisation: Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group Inc.
    Project duration: July 2011 - December 2012
    Location: Pelican Point Reserve, Crawley

    Major project achievements

    • Restoration efforts of the ecological integrity of Pelican Point A-Class Reserve were successful through ongoing weed management, native plantings and signage for education purposes.

    • Bird survey data was collected and will be used by DEC for future management projects.

    Lessons Learnt

    • Ongoing management of a remnant or degraded site will be more successful than fragmented projects.

    Project partners

    Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group Inc.; Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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