Bush Crew Diaries: Darebin Creek

Published on 31 January 2020

The bush crew encountered an eastern brown snake at Darebin Creek.

With increased temperatures and reduced moisture seen over summer, the Darebin Creek bushland team’s focus shifted from annual weeds to perennial and woody weeds.

The focus has been the Banyule Northern Grassland Reserve where some nasty perennial grasses persist, e.g. Chilean Needle Grass, Serrated Tussock and Canary-Grass. With the control of these weeds over many years, there has been a noticeable improvement in the cover of the locally indigenous Kangaroo Grass which is again coming to dominate the reserve as it would have done prior to European settlement.

The big news for the Darebin Creek team recently is that sugar gliders have begun moving north, using the strengthened wildlife corridor established over the past few years. The planting of locally indigenous trees and shrubs provide gliders protection and connectivity, as well as a food source of sap, nectar and pollen.

Another sighting on the creek was an eastern brown snake at meal time: Darebin Creek Ranger, Tom Crawshaw, was lucky enough to spot and snap a picture. Much work has gone into the Banyule Northern Grassland Reserve to build habitat for fauna. A native vegetation community was reestablished, as well as the installation of habitat logs that provide an important refuge for snakes and other wildlife, e.g. insects, spiders and lizards.

Banyule, in partnerhip with the Friends of Darebin Creek, will be conducting 3 plantings in the Banyule Northern Grassland Reserve in 2020. They will focus on the reestablishment of ground covers and strengthening Darebin Creek’s wildlife corridor. Contact the group if you would like to get involved.

See you out there, Bush Crew