Water management has traditionally been about supplying clean drinking water however there is a growing expectation in the community that water management is more than that, it is about having healthy waterways without pollution and thriving with life. So how do we adapt to this new expectation?
We again engaged Cumberland Plain Regeneration to help us work out the fauna at Provest Creek after completing some bush regeneration. In summary 13 species of mammals, 4 reptile species, 11 frog species and over 50 species of birds were detected during the monitoring period. Not bad for a site very close to an urban area. We are very fortunate to have our national parks which preserve habitat for the diverse fauna found in this vegetation community, the Peppermint-Angophora Forest.
As part of our grant we wanted to measure the fauna active at Provest Creek. We engaged the services of Cumberland Plain Regeneration to help us. They placed camera traps, took samples of leaf litter and also did a spotlight survey and multiple bird surveys. They revealed a rich ecosystem active on the edge of the Berowra Valley National Park.
While talking to water experts the term Urban Stream Syndrome is often mentioned when describing degraded water ways in urban areas. However, like illnesses in humans, the description of the symptoms does not really help address the underlying problem.
I decided to look into what this term really meant and what ways are being explored to try and address this problem.
On 20th Feb we were fortunate to be visited by our local federal MP Julian Leeser. He expressed his passion to preserve the Hawkesbury River for future generations. Provest Creek is a small tributary that feeds Berowra Creek which feeds the Hawkesbury River. The health of the river systems are all interconnected.
Wild Habitats Inc. is pleased to announce that we have successfully received funding through the Federal CEP (Community Environment Program). Our grant is to restore Provest Creek in Hornsby Heights Sydney back to a healthy creek.
Recently a restoration project at Capertee National Park was in the news. We decided to apply the SERA standards to evaluate this ecological restoration.
If you are about to embark on a restoration project did you know that Australia has a peak body the Society for Ecological Restoration Australia (SERA) who have created an impressive document on the standards to apply to an ecological restoration project.
This document is comprehensive and well thought out and my aim in this post is to give an overview of the process.
Did you know that in the last 200 years western Sydney has lost 20% of its native animal species? In the same period it has lost only two of its native plant species representing only 0.1% of its diversity. Fauna ecosystem services are vital to bushland health but our native wildlife is struggling.
If you’ve reached that stage where the kids are too old to play in the pool and you’re tired of the constant maintenance and application of chemicals, consider turning your pool into a pond for wildlife. Our pool went from being a maintenance headache to a constant source of joy.