15179: Protection of high biodiversity values at Talbot Road Nature Reserve
The Talbot Road Nature Reserve has been identified as Bush Forever Site 306 (Talbot Road Bushland, Stratton/Swan View) and contains significant environmental values including important fauna habitat, populations of priority flora and occurrences of two threatened ecological communities. Weed invasions are one of the major threats to this urban bushland and the Friends of Talbot Road NR and the Department of Parks and Wildlife have been active in controlling weeds at the reserve. We have ascertained the five invasive weed species including Perennial Veldt Grass (Ehrharta calycina), African Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula), Hesperantha falcata, Freesia (Freesia alba × leichtlinii) and Watsonia (Watsonia meriana) that require intensive and targeted management as the pose the most risk to the vegetation communities.
The project will undertake a compressive weed management of the five most serious weeds occurring at the reserve mentioned above through targeted herbicide treatments. Due to the size of the reserve (90ha), the scope of the weed control to be undertaken, the number of weeds to be managed and the specialized nature of the herbicide treatment, the Friends propose to engage the services of environmental weed contractors to the undertake the weed control. The current distributions of the targeted weeds were mapped by the Department of Parks and Wildlife in June-August 2015 to ascertain the scope and urgency of the works. The weed control program built on previous weed control programs undertaken within the reserve.
|Investment:||$ 14 118|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 13 325|
|Delivery organisation:||Friends Of Talbot Road Reserve Inc|
|Project duration:||March 2016 - December 2016|
Purpose of project
The five invasive weed species including Perennial Veldt Grass (Ehrharta calycina), African Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula), Hesperantha falcata, Freesia and Watsonia species were targeted with herbicide treatments utilizing a private professional contractor.
Major project achievements
Significant reduction in the density of serious environmental weeds such as Perennial Veldt Grass, African Lovegrass, Hesperantha falcata, Freesia and Watsonia species through targeted herbicide treatments. The proposed weed management program will prevent the spread of these weeds into good condition bushland thus building resilience of this high conservation bushland.
Department of Parks and Wildlife