Bush Crew diaries July 2021

Published on 23 June 2021

Bushland burns in autumn and winter 2021

The Bush Crew team have concentrated their efforts protecting and enhancing biodiversity in the Banyule Northern Grassland Reserve over autumn and early winter. One of the major projects that has been over 7 years in the making is the direct seeding of over 2000 square metres of the reserve with 8 different locally indigenous grasses. The wet conditions seen over the last few months has been ideal for germination, and in the coming months this area will provide crucial habitat for a range of local wildlife from invertebrates and reptiles to birds and mammals.

Further works within the Banyule Northern Grassland Reserve have included conducting cool autumn burns that emulate the traditional cultural burning practices of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung. Burning the dominant kangaroo grass on 3-5 year rotations assists with the regeneration of this species as well as opens up space for other local grasses and herb species to germinate. The team has followed up these burns with careful hand weeding to reduce the cover of annual grassy weeds to further assist locally indigenous species to regenerate.

If you'd like to get involved with the conservation of the grassland, please join the Friends of Darebin Creek.

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