Powerful Boost for Batten Reserve
Powerful Owls head the list of threatened species being helped in Batten Reserve Lane Cove over the past year. Regular bushwalkers along Stringybark Creek will have noticed improvements to the overgrown stormwater drainage lines leading to the main creek. Once choked with Privet, Tradescantia and exotic vines, these drain lines are being regenerated and erosion control works including sandstone armouring and planting are about to commence.
"These drain lines bring stormwater into the reserve and encourages the spread of invasive plants, being moist, high nutrient areas", said Bushland Co-ordinator Jeff Culleton. "By targeting weeds along these points, we will improve the health of the surrounding bushland, particularly the endangered Coastal Escarpment Littoral Rainforest found along the main creek line".
Council is managing an Environmental Trust grant project aimed at protecting and restoring the endangered ecological communities of Batten Reserve, which also includes a section of Sydney-Turpentine Ironbark Forest. Bush regeneration works over three years will also improve the reserve as a wildlife corridor, with installation of nest boxes and other habitat features also planned. Along with the Grey-headed Flying Fox and Red-crowned Toadlet, the Powerful Owl is classed as vulnerable in NSW and Council is working towards improving their habitat for the long-term.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.