Tarragindi Reserve Bushcare
Tarragindi Reserve protects a valuable area of Eucalyptus woodland on the banks of Sandy Creek.
The creek is in a relatively natural state here, and native plants regenerate by themselves. The bushcare group has been operating in the area for about 15 years, on and off; large amounts of exotic weeds have been removed including Ochna and an enormous stand of bamboo.
The special thing about Tarragindi Reserve is that, unlike many of the bushland sites in Norman Creek catchment, the soil profile has been relatively undisturbed and there is a significant seed bank. As a result, assisted natural regeneration is the main strategy here, with judicious removal of weed species and careful identification of native seedlings.
The exception to this is a recent planting near the Laura St end, which was the remediation after some excavation by Urban Utilities to replace the sewer line.
Highlights of Tarragindi Reserve are the variety of native grasses, water skinks, Burton's legless lizards, bearded dragons, striped marsh frogs and tusked frogs.
Photos in the image gallery courtesy of J.Squires.