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Bushland in Lane Cove
Values of Bushland

Feral Animal Control

 

Illegal rubbish dumping.jpg Illegal rubbish dumping

 

 

Feral animals hunting native wildlife

 

Weed invasion Morning Glory.jpg 

Weed invasion, Morning Glory

Threats to Bushland

 

Lane Cove's bushland is located in small, narrow, fragmented reserves in gullies and along the foreshore. The reserves are criss-crossed by drainage lines and walking tracks. There are residential or industrial properties within 100 m of any part of these reserves. Urban pressures on this bushland are immense.

Some of the threats to bushland Lane Cove include:

  • Clearing of bushland for residential, industrial and road development.
  • Adverse human impacts e.g.
    • rubbish dumping
    • impact of pets and feral animals on native wildlife
    • weed and exotic plant dumping and escape
    • residential property encroachments
    • illegal emptying of swimming pools and other pollutant discharges
  • Structural changes to bushland e.g.
    • weed invasion
    • removal of habitat such as bush rock, logs and dead trees
    • changes to fire regime
    • increased soil nutrient levels
    • decreasing species diversity including tree death
  • Changes to drainage e.g.
    • stormwater from catchments surrounding bushland reserves is piped to outlets on the edge of bushland, generally in areas that were once dry slopes, and interrupted normal flows to other areas.
  • Destabilisation of water courses e.g.
    • erosion
    • nutrient pollution
    • changes to ground water
    • increased sediment loads

The long term survival of bushland in this urban environment requires an integrated approach incorporating planning, on ground works and an active community involvement.