Lagoon creek Environmental Reserve 

Joshua Willmington  Graduate Conservation and Ecosystem Management trainee. At the time of this picture, he was the Bushcare supervisor of Friends of Lagoon Creek Group. Reclink Trainees work beside Volunteers and other community organisations for ecological restoration project outcomes. The Lagoon Creek Environmental Reserve was used for cattle farming, residential land, and a pine plantation. Part of the reserve also held the original Boiler for the 1st train system in Queensland. The site was chosen as it had adequate water for the steam trains.

Restoration starts when you control weed spread. When areas are so degraded and no natural regeneration occurs replanting species from the already present surrounding vegetation listed regional ecosystems ensures you bring about species that would most likely be naturally occurring and adapted to the local area. Flora and fauna species can be very localised in populations so its important to keep true to the natural vegetation as much as possible to support them. Some vegetation types are also vulnerable and endangered and do not occur elsewhere. Its very easy to overlook the dependence local fauna might have on these resources.

And its easy to overlook that some species may be common here but not found anywhere else.

Replanting to build the layers of the forest and to kill off the invasive Signal Grass dominating the understory

One of the many Lagoons found within the Lagoon creek environmental reserve which is a haven for many bird reptile and marsupial species

Guinea Grass can grow to 3.5 meters and can seriously out compete our beautiful and small native grass species. It is too large to be eaten by neighboroughing roos or wallabies perhaps? It is also a concern as it could be a very bad fire hazard. Birds love to nest in it though. We have brushcut it to use the least amount of Herbicide as possible. 

The notorious riparian weed Anredera cordifolia (Madeira Vine or Lambs tail) has tuberous growths that fall and are carried via water increasing the range of its spread. Madeira vine has been labelled a restricted weed. It can readily smother and choke native vegetation and deform landscapes, it is difficult to control once established. It is said it can take around 7yrs to be able to eradicate it from a site as the tubers can remain viable for some time buried or partially buried.  It is also called the 7-year weed. Like most restricted weeds it is therefore a priority weed to control in any natural area. 

 Madeira vine is originally from South America it is farmed in Japan for its edible leaves and I have been told the tubers can be roasted and are similar to potatoes. I have eaten it. There is a biological control for Madeira vine

Ochna serrulata or mickey mouse plant originally introduced to Australia as an ornmanetal as a garden plant is a significant environmental weed and a common shrub found in urban bushland in south-eastern Queensland. It's fruit is dispersed by frugivorous bird species. It has leaves with finely toothed margins hence its species name serrulata. Ochna is a very hardy plant and often re-sprouts after mechanical and chemical control, it also can create dense stands if not treated. 

Weed control is a massive part of managing natural areas.  Also known as assisted regeneration. The weed control and removal processes help to support natural vegetation and native plant species'  succession and help to build the site's natural resistance to weed invasion, erosion, drought etc. 
Native plant propagation - Community Native Nurseries
The collection of seed and propagation of indigenous plant species is also extremely important to preserve local plant species and the ecological and vegetation communities they belong in.  Local and indigenous plant propagation helps to restore vegetation composition so vital to local ecological communities and ecosystem health.
Community nurseries, most times solely rely on volunteer help.  Both Lagoon Creek Nursery and CREEC Nursery sell plants to the public to help increase biodiversity in backyards. There is such a high percentage of plant species that will never be seen in mainstream nurseries that are important to maintain local ecosystems and that fauna rely on to survive. These nurseries and the plants they propagate are vital to the conservation of surrounding areas.
Encouraging backyard biodiversity is one of the most exciting things we do. In South east Queensland the biodiversity of life is incredible. And all you need to do to encourage this wildlife in your back yard is to move some of this local environment in.
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