Restoring Huntingwood Conservation Area

This site covers an area of three hectares and was originally overwhelmed with Lantana camara and Olea europeae (African Olive) which provided a great hideout and habitat area for Bell Miners.

Over the last two years we have been undertaking bush regeneration across the site. We have treated and mulched most of the Lantana infestation and treated many of the Olives on the site in staged, manageable sections, with treatment almost finished. A lot of the mulched ground was experimentally burnt using flame weeders which has provided amazing results with weed densities dramatically reduced and a large number of native ground covers, grasses and shrubs emerging.

There is a drainage line that runs through the site that had thick stands of Alternanthera philoxeroides (Alligator Weed). We have been controlling these infestations and are reaching the final stages of treatment with around 5% of the original density remaining.

In the place of the Alligator Weed, we have planted one thousand native wetland species through the drainage line and surrounding banks. Another four thousand plants (a mix of grasses, trees, shrubs and vines) are to be planted throughout the site to fill in the bare sections where Lantana and Olea europeae were dominant. We will ensure the great condition of the site is retained through regular maintenance visits of the site involving a regime of irrigation, handweeding, spot spraying and flame weeding.

As works have progressed, we have been lucky to witness a diverse array of native fauna using the site including:

  • Eastern Long Necked Turtle
  • Eastern Yellow Robin
  • Willy Wagtail
  • Superb Fairy Wren
  • Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike
  • Wood Swallow
  • White-Browed Scrub Wren
  • Tree Creepers
  • Magpie
  • Striped Marsh Frog
  • and Tiger Snake.

To see some of the progress, please flick through the photos below.