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Sportsman Creek

Listed on the National Register as a pristine waterway.

Working in conjuction with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust over one hundred and fifty local native plants went into the riparian zone along Sportsmans Creek Conservation Area in Stage 1.

Sportsman Creek Conservation Area is happy to announce an application for a Conservation Partners Grant with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust has been approved within a three year term of operation. This grant will support the continued restoration of our riparian zone along and near Sportsman’s Creek and to increase the overall protection of significant old growth trees within the target area. The work area has been identified as having one of the highest stocking rates for arboreal mammals in the Clarence Valley. Continuing weed eradication programmes are underway and one hectare of previously cleared pasture is being prepared for plant-out with native species in early September 2019.

Slashing rampant Blady grass for site preparation

Soft twig rush or Buckie rush

Sportsman Creek Conservation Area is engaged in growing and planting this native twig rush. Commonly called Buckie rush and used extensively by the Indigenous Bundjalung peoples for basket weaving and net string bag making. A compact slender native bog grass, thrives in standing water and around flooded soils, making it the ultimate landscape plant for wet areas in the garden or for landscape re-vegetation.  

Description – Hardy native grass with
slender attractive lime green foliage and reddish-brown flower spikes.

Location – Will grow in up to 25cm of
water, in full sun or part shade. Hardy tolerating frost and low nutrient
soils.

Uses – Oxygenates and removes nutrients
from pond water and provides habitat keeping ponds cleaner and healthy. THE
STEMS ARE ALSO USED AS EXCELLENT FIBRE FOR BASKET WEAVING.

Care – Low maintenance, trim by half every
two to three years and water if the bog begins to dry out. For weaving harvest
by gently pulling out individual stems.

This Red-backed Buttton Quail is listed as Vulnerable and a Threatened Species in N.S.W. Between 1994 and 2005 only six observations were recorded in N.S.W or (0.75 records per year.) They are nocturnal and crepuscular (twilight) in their activity and forage near the ground for insects and grasses although little is known of their diet. A first time sighting on the Conservation Area. 

“This is the first record of this species in NSW since a report from Tuncurry on February 27, 2014 was accepted by NSW ORAC (Case 652). It is interesting to note that all reports of this species in NSW in the past ten years or so have been in the months from November to February and it is not clear whether this implies that it is migratory or whether it indicates heightened activity at this time of the year.”

Acceptance courtesy of NSW ORAC Secretary.
Roger McGovern

I.D. courtesy of Dr. Greg Clancy.

 

Grey Kangaroo Joey and Willy Wagtai;l

The newly published book “Bush Companion Fauna Species of the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers, New South Wales” is available to purchase direct from the publisher.

This book contains over 310 “full colour plate” fauna species in 250 “perfect bound” pages with both common and scientific names.

Order by email at urimbirra7@gmail.com to reserve your copy.

Price $25 a copy plus postage from Sportsman Creek Press.

Bush Companion Cover

Three hundred and fifty metres of high quality post and wire fencing has been completed in the Conservation Area along the riparian zone next to Sportsman Creek. This new fence is designed to exclude domestic stock accessing the 30 hectare regeneration area, riparian zones and billabongs. This project completes over one and a half kilometres of new fencing allowing for improved property management, continuing recreational use, research and further species study of our local flora and fauna.

New Fenceline

 

Overnight rains has produced another flood event for the riparian zone at Sportsman Creek Conservation Area.

Image of Sportsman Creek flowing east towards the Everlasting Swamp.

Three year growth of  natural seeding on the wildlife refuge. The competitive nature of  Black Sheoak, Red Ash and young Swamp Turpentine out-competing rampant Blady grass at the rear of image. Evidenced by  new grasses and perennials taking hold in the enriched podsolic  profile. Over time the dominance of the Black Sheoak will be replaced by a more balanced open forest profile. The faster growing (and dying) Black Sheoak will eventually break down to provide soil stability in the sandy terrain and assist against soil erosion.

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