Spring Flora Monitoring 2020
Springtime means Spring Flora Monitoring of Banksia Woodland for Landcare SJ. Banksia Woodland has been classified as a Threatened Ecological Community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
With only small remnants remaining, much of this remnant bushland is located on private property.
The 2020 season of spring flora monitoring is part of the Banksia Woodland Project supported by the Peel Harvey Catchment Council through funding from the National Landcare Program.
Furthermore, all of properties where monitoring is being carried out are member of the Healthy Habitats Program, which a partnership between Landcare SJ and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale to support landholders in looking after their remnant bushland.
Flora monitoring involves Landcare SJ setting out 10 x 10 metre quadrats within the woodland where Botanist Dr. Penny Hollick from the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire carefully identifies and records each individual plant species within the quadrat.
At the initial visit baseline monitoring of the site is performed which records native species, invasive weed species, ground cover, native canopy and any ecological threats that may be present.
Return visits to the same quadrat are carried out at the land owner’s convenience where the process is repeated and data recorded. Over time this valuable information helps us to better understand the health of the woodland and mitigate any threats.
Land owners and managers who have an interest in Landcare activities and are seeking advice about how to look after their woodland patch can become a member of the Healthy Habitats Program.
. Where members have Banksia Woodland and choose to participate in monitoring Landcare SJ will provide participants with a species list of native flora found on their property, a list of invasive weed species, photographs and advice on activities they can carry out to improve the health of their bushland.
Report by Sue Ford, Natural Resource Management Support Officer, Landcare SJ