Michael Perry Reserve Vegetation Management Plan

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The plan for the management of vegetation at Michael Perry Reserve is available below and has been prepared to establish a long term vegetation conservation management framework and works program for the Michael Perry Botanic Reserve at Stonyfell in the City of Burnside.

The purpose of the Vegetation Management Plan(PDF, 6MB) is to define and document the actions required to be implemented to protect, conserve and partially restore the Michael Perry Botanic Reserve historical exotic flora and native vegetation and fauna habitats within the Reserve.

The plan describes how existing grant funding from the Natural Resources Management Board will be used to remove weedy vegetation from the creek and to re-establish local native watercourse species in four stages.

This Vegetation Management Plan supports the following desired outcomes in the City of Burnside strategic plan:

  • A range of high quality passive and active recreational facilities
  • A connected system of well-designed and maintained open spaces
  • Natural environments and watercourses protected and conserved

Creekline Restoration Project – Progress

Second Creek which flows through the reserve is being restored in four stages.

Stage One and Two

These two stages are almost complete, with indigenous riparian species including Red Gums, Swamp Wattles, Blackwoods and numerous riparian sedges and wildflowers establishing well, providing an attractive and wildlife friendly habitat. Ongoing maintenance and development of these areas will continue indefinitely.

Stage Three

Woody weeds were removed in 2014 and vigorous regrowth of suckers have been controlled during 2014-15 prior to replanting. 

In late 2014 excessive woody debris was removed and in January 2015 some remodelling of unstable banks has occurred to make the area safer and more easily managed.

The planting of structural species (including advanced trees) will occur in winter 2015, including Blackwoods (Acacia melanoxylon), Sheoaks (Allocasuarina verticillata) and Blue Gums (Eucalyptus leucoxylon).

The planting of the shrub layer and sedges will also take place in winter 2015. After this, the site will require ongoing infill planting and weed control.

Stage Four

The final stage will commence in early 2015.  Ground layer weeds and noxious creepers are already being controlled and woody weeds will be removed from the creek banks between March and June.

The original botanical specimen trees (Cypresses etc) on the creek banks will be preserved as these are identified in the Management Plan as integral to the historic character of the site.

In winter 2015 some advanced and tube-stock trees will be planted, and sedges established along the watercourse, but the main plantings on these banks will occur in winter 2016 after extensive ground layer weed control. The main weeds in this section include Tradescantia, Giant Reed (Bamboo) and German Ivy, which are difficult to control. This preparation is required before establishing diverse local native plant species in the area.

When a good cover of native plant species is established, the appearance of the watercourse will be visibly improved and will be protected from further erosion, creating habitat for a wide diversity of native fauna (including some of our shy native bird species), and will help to improve water quality.

If you would like further information, please contact Mark Ellis, Technical Officer, Conservation and Land Management on 8366 4267 or at mellis@burnside.sa.gov.au