Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest Restoration

Pittwater Spotted Gums

Three years ago, Dragonfly was awarded a contract from the Northern Beaches Council to carry out bush regeneration works to protect the biodiversity of a very special and Endangered Ecological Community – Pittwater Spotted Gum Forest (PSGF) at Elizabeth Park, Scotland Island; Rocky Point at Lovett Bay and Coopers Point at Morning Bay. This contract has now been completed with successful results.

This was an exciting opportunity for Dragonfly as the offshore sites were adjacent to a National Park and we got to work alongside Floating Landcare groups as well as a dedicated group of volunteers on the Island. Spotted gums are a crucial food source for fauna as they flower in winter. The structurally diverse nature of PGSF means it provides habitat for a large range of native animals and is very important for bidoiversity.

Primary works focused on crowning out Asparagus aethiopicus and treating woody weeds. Infestations have been reduced in all project areas. Removing Asparagus by hand is a very successful method in removing mature Asparagus aethiopicus from this site. It is the preferred method of treatment for these delicate areas, as it reduces off-target damage to native vines and shrubs. While manual removal can be slow, it is a very thorough technique that allows all propagules to be bagged and reduces works required in the future.

Maintenance sweeps were conducted regularly throughout all project areas, and as a result they have responded well with native ground covers and grasses establishing in previously worked areas.

Planting works were undertaken with local species specific to PSGF to enhance canopy and mid-story throughout areas where natural regeneration has not been occurring.

Jen Coleman, our Site Supervisor for this project, alongside with her Leading Hand, Jocelyne Morey, and our wonderful crew of Natural Area Specialists loved this project and felt lucky to see Glossy Black Cockatoos on two occasions as well as Wallabies, Lace Monitors and a diamond python. Although, they reported the most exciting may have been coming in (a little too close for comfort) contact with a beautiful Death Adder.

Funding for this project came from the Greater Sydney Local Land Services (GSLLS).

Images: Before and After Photos of works completed at Coopers Point.