ParkCare Ranger Assist - Mt Ainslie Bridal Creeper Survey - ALL HANDS ON DECK!

ParkCare Ranger Assist - Mt Ainslie Bridal Creeper Search- ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Mount Ainslie- Bridal Creeper Search!

The Rangers from ACT Parks and Conservation Service, in partnership with the Mt Ainslie Weeders ParkCare group would like to invite you all to join in the Mt Ainslie Bridal Creeper Search!

We would love you to help identify infestations of this Weed of National Significance in Mt Ainslie which is part of the Canberra Nature Park. Whilst we are at it we will also opportunistically pull any Cootamundra Wattles which we encounter! A previous search was very successful with up to 15 new infestations identified and mapped for treatment and hundreds of invasive shrubs removed.

Is this the volunteer opportunity for you?

We’re looking for up to 20 volunteers for this Blitz. No experience is necessary as all training will be provided. It will be important for you to have a decent level of fitness and confidence walking in the bush/on uneven ground for this activity.

When are we doing this?

Saturday 21st July 2018 - 8:30am to 11am

Where are we doing this?

Meet at Fisher St Ainslie (pedestrian entrance to reserve) at 8:30am

Why are we doing this?

Several Bridal creeper infestations have been discovered in Canberra Nature Park reserves including up to 20 in Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve alone.

“Bridal creeper is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.

Bridal creeper entered the country as a garden plant and is now a major weed of bushland in southern Australia, where its climbing stems and foliage smother native plants. It forms a thick mat of underground tubers which impedes the root growth of other plants and often prevents seedling establishment. It invades undisturbed habitats and is a major threat to most low shrubs and groundcover plants in mallee, dry sclerophyll forest and heath vegetation. In South Australia and southwestern Western Australia bridal creeper is considered the most important weed threat to biodiversity.”

Cootamundra wattle is a non-local native with a highly invasive potential, displacing local species. Previous treatment of Cootamundra wattles in this area, through Government grants and countless hours from local volunteers, requires follow up work to ensure the infestations are supressed.

How will it all work?

All volunteers will be given training and a factsheet on how to identify Bridal creeper. We will conduct a line search through the reserve in the areas most likely to contain Bridal creeper. This will involve walking up to 4km in an off track environment. Infestations (if found) will be marked with flagging tape and GPS/smart phone.

We will also be hand pulling Cootamundra wattle seedlings (regrowth from previous treatment) opportunistically as we search for Bridal creeper.

What to bring

Smart phone with location enabled (if possible)

Hat, sunscreen, water, personal first aid kit (if possible), snacks, long trousers and long shirt, sturdy shoes/boots, warm clothes (as appropriate).

Additional details

Parking – on street around Fisher St/Duffy St.

Nearest Public Toilet – Ainslie Shops (500m from meeting point).

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Saturday Morning