Vegetation Management Plan East Ulverstone Coastal Reserve July 2010
3.5 Weed infestations Weeds occur throughout the site (see descriptions in section 4.3 and list in Appendix 6) and are noted in site descriptions above (section 3.1). The most established weeds in the Coastal Reserve include Cape Ivy, Marram Grass, Blackberry, Mirrorbush, Sea Spurge, and Periwinkle. Cape Ivy is especially concerning as it is found throughout the reserve and often invading good native vegetation. Sea Wheat Grass occurs near Buttons Creek and should be eradicated if possible. There are many other weeds that presently exist in smaller numbers but have high invasive potential, such as Boxthorn, Broom, Cotoneaster, Aeonium, Wormwood, Caper Spurge, Radiata Pine, Trailing Daisy and New Zealand Flax. These should be targeted for control. The storm water outlets and creeks are apparent hot spots for weeds. In these moist areas weeds such as Periwinkle, Cape Ivy, Sea Spurge and Blackberry are prevalent. Other widespread weeds are also present at these spots.
3.6 Existing revegetation Revegetation efforts by school groups, Cradle Coast NRM and Central Coast Council have been undertaken on the back dunes of Buttons Beach near the Buttons Creek picnic area and near a formal access opposite the school on Buttons Beach East. Revegetation has had varied results. Some of these plants have died, perhaps due to the very dry summer and a lack of post-planting watering. However, the plantings are certainly worth maintaining and continuing. At Buttons Creek picnic area, the species which appear to have survived best include Coastal Saltbush (excellent survival), Sagg, Tussockgrass and Flaxlily. Many White Gums, Banksias and Coast Beardheath seedlings had died. These species do have a better chance of survival if given some assistance in the year after planting.
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East Ulverstone Coastal Reserve Vegetation Management Plan 2010