Working bee – 12.09.21

A quick session today. Actually classified as exercise rather than bush regeneration 🙂

Once again, just pushing back on lantana. I came across a large sandpaper fig tree that I had previously freed up from lantana. It had since then, fallen over but it continues to thrive. It had once again started to provide structure for the surrounding lantana. I removed the offending lantana and also bits of privet.

Sandpaper fig after I had cleared off the lantana.

I will need to come back to this spot as there is various promising saplings which need defending.

Here is a summary video I did of the site after clearing the fig.

Hunter Valley Moist Forest – Landcare classification

Landcare assessors classified Dick’s Creek reserve as Hunter Valley Moist Forest (MU12). This classification can be found online in:

Volume 2: Vegetation Community Profiles, Lake Macquarie Local Government Area Working Draft v2

This classification description is replicated below:

Hunter Valley Moist Forest

Unit 12 

Hunter Valley Moist Forest Example
Keith Class: Hunter-Macleay Dry Sclerophyll Forests

VCA: Not yet assigned

GHV: Spotted Gum / Broad-leaved Mahogany / Grey Gum grass / shrub open forest on Coastal Lowlands of the Central Coast (071)

LHCCREMS: Hunter Valley Moist Forest (MU12)

General Description:

Hunter Valley Moist Forest is a broadly defined unit requiring further clarification and assessment, and it may overlap considerably with other MU12 subunits so far defined. As defined here, this is an original REMS2000 unit that has been subdivided regionally (see MU12 subunits). This community is effectively an ecotonal unit between moister forests in sheltered locations, and dryer ridgetop types. In most cases a canopy of Corymbia maculata with Eucalyptus acmenioides is present, although other species such as Eucalyptus siderophloia and Eucalyptus punctata may also occur. Important understorey species include Polyscias sambuccifolia, Pteridium esculentum, Pittosporum undulatum, Notelaea longifolia, Poa affinis, Oplismenus imbecillus and Pseuderanthemum variabile.

 

Characteristic Features:

  • canopy of Spotted Gum and White Mahogany, with Ironbarks and Grey Gum
  • mid-storey of Elderberry Panax, Sweet Pittosporum, Bracken and Native Olive
  • well developed ground layer of grasses, herbs and forbs

Classification Confidence:

Low

Moderate

High

 

 

Distribution:

Within Lake Macquarie LGA [from LGA Map v2014 Stages 1-6]  – 959 ha

 

Community Conservation Status:

  • EPBC Act (1999) Status –  not currently listed.
  • TSC Act (1995) Status –  not currently listed.

Key Diagnostic Species [99% contribution, based on 9 plots]:

Hunter Valley Moist Forest (12)

Average similarity: 45.77

Habit

Species

Av.Abund

Av.Sim

Sim/SD

Contrib%

Tree

Eucalyptus acmenoides

3.33

3.48

9.32

7.61

 

Corymbia maculata

3.11

3.39

18.70

7.40

 

Eucalyptus paniculata subsp. paniculata

2.00

1.50

1.11

3.27

 

Allocasuarina torulosa

1.67

1.23

1.42

2.68

 

Syncarpia glomulifera subsp. glomulifera

1.11

0.42

0.44

0.92

 

Eucalyptus punctata

0.89

0.21

0.29

0.45

 

Eucalyptus propinqua

0.67

0.10

0.17

0.21

 

Acmena smithii

0.67

0.07

0.17

0.15

 

Cryptocarya microneura

0.56

0.07

0.17

0.15

 

Eucalyptus umbra

0.44

0.06

0.17

0.14

 

 

Small Tree

Glochidion ferdinandi var. ferdinandi

1.33

0.70

0.71

1.52

 

Melaleuca styphelioides

0.44

0.09

0.30

0.20

Palm

Livistona australis

0.44

0.10

0.30

0.21

 

 

Shrub

Polyscias sambucifolia subsp. sambucifolia

1.67

1.51

1.64

3.31

 

Pittosporum undulatum

1.67

1.37

1.48

2.99

 

Notelaea longifolia f. longifolia

1.56

1.36

1.53

2.97

 

Breynia oblongifolia

1.33

1.04

1.55

2.28

 

Persoonia linearis

0.89

0.50

0.79

1.08

 

Dodonaea triquetra

1.00

0.47

0.58

1.03

 

Maytenus silvestris

0.89

0.39

0.57

0.85

 

Myrsine variabilis

0.67

0.31

0.61

0.69

 

Leucopogon lanceolatus var. lanceolatus

0.56

0.19

0.44

0.42

 

Acacia implexa

0.56

0.19

0.44

0.41

 

Pittosporum revolutum

0.44

0.18

0.44

0.40

 

Clerodendrum tomentosum

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.26

 

Acacia ulicifolia

0.33

0.09

0.30

0.21

 

Zieria smithii

0.33

0.09

0.30

0.21

 

Rubus moluccanus var. trilobus

0.44

0.09

0.30

0.20

 

Exocarpos cupressiformis

0.33

0.09

0.30

0.19

 

Podolobium ilicifolium

0.44

0.06

0.17

0.14

 

 

Ground Fern

Pteridium esculentum

1.67

1.44

2.76

3.16

 

Adiantum aethiopicum

1.44

0.59

0.54

1.29

 

Doodia aspera

0.89

0.22

0.29

0.49

 

 

Cycad

Macrozamia flexuosa

0.44

0.10

0.30

0.21

Grasstree

Xanthorrhoea
macronema

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.27

 

 

Grass

Poa affinis

2.44

2.17

3.31

4.75

 

Oplismenus
imbecillis

2.11

2.02

4.17

4.42

 

Microlaena stipoides
var. stipoides

1.44

1.20

1.45

2.63

 

Imperata cylindrica

1.89

1.14

0.92

2.48

 

Entolasia stricta

1.00

0.38

0.44

0.83

 

Themeda australis

1.00

0.22

0.29

0.47

 

Aristida vagans

0.44

0.06

0.17

0.14

 

Panicum simile

0.44

0.06

0.17

0.14

 

Hunter Valley Moist Forest (12)

Average similarity: 45.77

 

 

Habit Species Av.Abund  Av.Sim Sim/SD Contrib%

Graminoid

Lomandra longifolia

1.56

1.44

2.79

3.15

Dianella caerulea var. assera

1.44

1.30

3.58

2.85

Sedge

Gymnostachys anceps

1.11

0.64

0.76

1.40

Lepidosperma laterale

0.78

0.35

0.58

0.77

 

 

Herb

Pseuderanthemum variabile

1.67

1.50

1.66

3.29

Desmodium gunnii

1.22

0.75

0.78

1.64

Pratia purpurascens

0.78

0.26

0.41

0.58

Desmodium rhytidophyllum

0.67

0.19

0.30

0.41

Dichondra repens

0.67

0.18

0.30

0.39

Viola hederacea

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.26

 

 

 

Ground Orchid

Acianthus fornicatus

0.78

0.27

0.42

0.59

Pterostylis spp.

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.27

Pterostylis
longifolia

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.26

 

 

Twiner

Eustrephus
latifolius

1.78

1.78

3.32

3.88

Parsonsia straminea

1.33

0.98

1.04

2.13

Pandorea pandorana

1.44

0.94

1.04

2.05

Dioscorea transversa

1.22

0.85

1.00

1.85

Geitonoplesium
cymosum

1.11

0.75

1.04

1.64

Smilax australis

1.11

0.66

0.76

1.44

Hardenbergia
violacea

0.89

0.65

1.16

1.41

Smilax glyciphylla

0.89

0.42

0.56

0.92

Clematis glycinoides var. glycinoides

0.89

0.41

0.57

0.89

Cassytha glabella f. glabella

0.67

0.30

0.61

0.66

Billardiera scandens

0.67

0.22

0.41

0.48

Glycine clandestina

0.67

0.22

0.41

0.47

Sarcopetalum harveyanum

0.56

0.18

0.44

0.40

Hibbertia scandens

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.26

Hibbertia dentata

0.33

0.09

0.30

0.21

Stephania japonica var. discolor

0.33

0.10

0.30

0.21

Cayratia clematidea

0.44

0.09

0.30

0.19

Kennedia rubicunda

0.33

0.09

0.30

0.19

Morinda jasminoides

0.56

0.07

0.17

0.15

 

 

 

Weekend weed bash – 17.03.2019 – 2 hrs

After getting the majority of Mist flower and Crofton weed out from the bottom of Dick’s creek fall a few weeks ago, the remaining has been niggling me to finish it off.  My kids kept me company while I addressed the section under the overhang.

Daniela took a photo of us tackling the crofton weed and mist flower

It was a short session but I achieved my objective only to notice I didn’t have to go far to find more crofton weed infestations a little further along the creek. Next week…

On the plus side, I had a chance to remove the ‘tree of heaven’ which can be seen in the photo above (behind the large gum on the left hand side). I had wanted to dig it out completely but the angle of the slope and some rocks made sure that was not going to happen. I will need to keep an eye on it to make sure it does not resprout from the remaining root system.

Dick’s Creek Landcare Group is Official – 14.03.2019

Had a call from Dick’s Creek Landcare Support Officer today (Daniela Oldfield) who confirmed that Dick’s Creek Landcare Group has been officially approved and I can now start to build the group.

I am not sure how many local residents will be interested in weeding on their weekend but I intend to find out. I will need to get the information together for the brochure that Landcare uses.