We had a well attended work day at the Bindaree bushland Site which had been partially badly damaged by a bushfire back in January 2013. Over twenty willing workers turned up and stayed until other obligations kicked in. Pleased to say a lot of weeding got done amongst the natter. At the end of the physical work, Heather arrived with a well deserved cup of tea and scones after which a tour of the burnt out section was conducted. It's still early days and looks like the use of specialised weeding would pay off before seeds are set.
Three images are offered as proof that actual work does happen (dirty hands stuff) at the working bees and they are not just an excuse to have a cuppa and pose for photos. (Administrator) Mind you that happens as well!
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 June 2013 17:44
Last visited this Site with Kevin a couple of days after the fire which had burnt out and blackened the Site. It was still very devastated as the fire must have had a very high intensity for such a small area, all growth had been destroyed and the trees were burnt out into the canopy, they were blackened on all sides and at first they all appeared dead. But looking up showed a changing picture with trees making a fight back with new suckers and small amounts of growth appearing on the North Eastern sides and in the canopy, where one branch appeared to be the “chosen one” and fresh new growth was appearing , quite remarkable and worth an occasional visit to see nature at work. At ground level there was little growth and even with the March rain there was no evidence of new weed growth and it looks like the fire may have done the area a favour by incinerating at least one year’s weed seeds. There was a creeper vine (the writer is not clever enough to identify full size plants by name- they are green and a creeper) taking advantage of no competition and it was the most green growth in the area apart from the Australian Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea preissii) which have mostly lost their old top growth but have now recovered a good head of hair. They have been severely scorched all around but must have remarkable insulation to be able to recover so quickly.
So it is worth the effort to take the time to view the Sites in Summer but take a break from looking for bities at your feet and put your head back and look into the overhead canopy. It is a nice walk from Hepburn Avenue/ Bindaree Site to Bindaree bushland.
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 10:48
Its six weeks since the fire and in spite of a complete lack of any rain there are signs of growth. Here are some pictures - a close up of the plant and then the plant in context.
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