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
- Clearing of bushland for residential, industrial and road
- 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
- Structural changes to bushland e.g.
- weed invasion
- removal of habitat such as bush rock, logs and dead
- changes to fire regime
- increased soil nutrient levels
- decreasing species diversity including tree
- 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.
- 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.
Join Council's free Backyard Habitat Program
for personalised advice on weed removal and how to create a wildlife-friendly native garden
Join your local Bushcare group
and join in for hands-on conservation work. Evey bit makes a difference!