11059: Phytophthora dieback assessment and management in Ambergate Reserve
Ambergate Reserve is a 75 hectare remnant of high quality native vegetation located 9 kilometres south of Busselton. It is one of the most popular reserves in the City of Busselton for bushwalking and observing wildflowers, and is regularly visited by locals, school children and tourists.
The reserve has high regional conservation value, with its rich floral diversity and three threatened ecological communities, five species of declared rare flora and six species of priority listed flora.
Surrounded by cleared farm land, the reserve also plays a crucial role in providing a refuge and stepping stone for many species of fauna, including mammals, birds, insects and reptiles.
This project is a partnership between the Busselton Naturalists Club, the Busselton Dieback Working Group and the City of Busselton to map the extent of Phytophthora dieback in Ambergate Reserve.
Findings of the dieback survey will be used to treat infested and vulnerable vegetation with Phosphite. Boot cleaning stations and interpretative signage will also be installed at selected locations and remaining sections of a four kilometre walk trail will be covered with limestone to further reduce the risk of spreading the disease.
|Investment:||$ 15 000|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 15 225|
|Delivery organisation:||City of Busselton|
|Project duration:||January 2013 - August 2012|
|Location:||Ambergate Reserve is located 9 kilometres south of the Busselton|
Major project achievements
- Extent of Phytophthora dieback mapped throughout the 75 hectares reserve.
- Eight interpretative signs installed.
- Eight boot cleaning stations installed.
- 43 000 square meters of infested and vulnerable vegetation treated with Phosphite.
- 500 metres of walk path covered with limestone.
Busselton Naturalists Club; Busselton Dieback Working Group; Department of Environment and Conservation
- City of Busselton (home page)