There's a lot going on in the bushland areas in the
Lyster Ward, here's a snapshot of some of the current range of activities. I
acknowledge and thank our environmental volunteers whose efforts are the key to
the success of many of these projects and they contribute many volunteer hours
to improving our local environment.
Belgrave to Lysterfield
Yarra Ranges is working with Melbourne Water and
Parks Victoria on constructing the linking trail from Belgrave through
Birdsland, Melbourne Water’s retarding basin (the lakes at Birdsland) and Parks
Victoria’s existing trail network to Lysterfield Lake Park.
This project includes the newly constructed Monbulk
Creek footbridge at the entrance to Birdsland on Mt Morton Rd, the linking trail
to the Wellington Road/Lysterfield Road traffic lights and the upgrade of
Melbourne Water’s Blackwood Forest Trail.
It's a great example of a range of land managers
working together to maximise project outcomes.
Belgrave Lake Park
Revegetation/Weed Control Project
There's a lot of weed control works going on at
Belgrave Lake Park, funded through the Urban Fringe Weed Management initiative
and Melbourne Water’s Corridors of Green Program. This project is in its third
year starting with extensive woody weed removal and trad removal along the
Monbulk Creek. It's been terrific to see more than 3,000 plants be part of a
revegetation program, planted by both contractors and volunteers (some on
Awesome Ornithorynkids day).
Birdsland Reserve Pest
Animal Control and Nest Box Program
There's been some fox control activities taking
place in conjunction with Parks Victoria, in its third year and exploring new
techniques like soft jaw trapping.
Thirty nest boxes have been installed in two
sections of the reserve, the Monbulk Creek corridor and old growth tree section
of the ridge paddock. Ongoing monitoring of all locations has revealed up to
80% of boxes are in use. This project has been jointly funded through the Southern
Dandenongs Landcare Group Caring for Country grant and Council’s budget.
|Here I am with Yarra Ranges Environmental|
Achiever of the Year, Vicki Boyle, a powerhouse
in the environmental volunteering stakes.
Nest boxes provide our local arboreal
mammals with housing options.
Many habitat trees have been removed
over time leaving nowhere for these
creatures to call home.
Bushland Management Plans
for Hazelvale Valley Reserve, Bellbird Street Park and Birdsland
Management Plans set priorities for bushland management for all these important
reserves situated along the Monbulk Creek, they span between 2 to 5 years and
are a collaboration between Shire contractors and our dedicated environmental
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