A top-notch remnant

Of course I’m biased, but ‘good habitat = good birds’.

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Grey Box/Yellow Gum remnant at Joyce’s Creek, 22nd February 2016

One of the absolute best patches of remnant vegetation in the district is on Plaistow at Joyce’s Creek. What makes it so special?

Firstly there is a super-structure of veteran trees – largely Yellow Gum and Grey Box, some of which must be 300 years old or more. Secondly there is a diverse shrub layer, added through some successful direct seeding work over a decade ago. Thirdly, and most importantly perhaps, is that the remnant has been carefully managed. For example, fallen branches and leaf litter has been allowed to accumulate, providing a rich assortment of microhabitats for invertebrates. This in turn now supports a rich array of reptiles and birds, such as the Brown Treecreeper pictured below.

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Brown Treecreeper, Joyce’s Creek, 22nd February 2016

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The subtle, black-streaked bib indicates a male

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Another view of the male, intent on searching for insects

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That elongated back claw is perfect for clambering around on tree trunks

The other feature of this remnant that I especially admire is that it feels like what I imagine ‘good bush’ used to be like. There are so few patches of true box-ironbark woodland left in central Victoria and most of it is confined to private land. We should all be grateful for the active and careful stewardship that will ensure this remnant improves in quality over coming years.

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Top quality habitat

2 responses to “A top-notch remnant

  1. Helen van den Berg

    Hi Leigh

    Butterfly adventures are expensive would cost $660 for our festival

    Have a good look at this site some FANTASTIC photos of birds

    Cheers

    Helen van den Berg 23 Spring St Niddrie Victoria 3042 Phone 03 9379 1185

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  2. I note that this is private property… any open days/guided visits planned for the cooler months? Sounds wonderful.

    Jane Marriott Creswick

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