Posted on 03/10/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Cape Woolamai, an area of significant wildlife habitat and popular recreational spot, has received extensive environmental works in recent months by rangers from Phillip Island Nature Parks.
In the year to date, over 100 hectares of boxthorn weed has been treated, along with large areas of buffalo grass and woody weeds.
Jarvis Weston, environment supervisor at the Nature Parks, explains the impacts of the weeds:
“Boxthorn threatens short-tailed shearwater habitat and is a physical hazard to birds that get trapped in the thorny bushes, which also harbour feral predators.”
Each September approximately one million migratory shearwaters converge on Phillip Island, with the vast majority calling Cape Woolamai home. In late September the Nature Parks conducted planned burns of kikuyu grass in the area to reduce biomass and assist the ability of shearwaters to burrow.
In addition to the weed work, the Nature Parks has also conducted repairs and upgrades to walking tracks and volunteers are about to plant 2000 native plants in the area. New trail and interpretation signage is also slated for installation before Christmas. Environmental work for 2013 has been supported in part from Coastcare grants for weed works. Over 800 staff hours have been spent on the work.
“Cape Woolamai is an exceptionally beautiful part of the island and invaluable wildlife habitat. We encourage locals and visitors to get out and experience the numerous trails across the Cape,” said Mr Weston.