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Ecological Consultants Australia

Mia Dalby-Ball of Ecological Consultants Australia presented at the “Future Directions for Coastal, Ocean and Port Management in NSW” Seminar put on by Engineers Australia – Sydney Branch and specifically by the NSW COPEP Committee.  The ½ day seminar was organised by Dr Kate Panayotou Principal Environmental Scientist  Coastal Management and Stakeholder Engagement GHD SYDNEY

Presentations were on a range of topics allowing the audience an opportunity to understand the latest and future directions in our coast, ocean and port industry.

Mia presented on Incorporating Ecological Outcomes into Coastal, Port and Ocean Infrastructure.

It was an terrific day and we have received very positive feedback about the range of presentations, that allowed the audience to gain a real feeling of what are some of the real and tangible future directions in our industry.

People walked away armed with new information, thoughts, innovations and most importantly a feeling that although the future in our industry may be challenging, it is exciting, possible, within our reach and up to us. Thank you Dr Kate Panayotou Principal Environmental Scientist  Coastal Management and Stakeholder Engagement GHD SYDNEY

All the Best

Mia Dalby-Ball

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Sydney Ports – Protecting Endangered Wildlife at Enfield

golden bell frogThe Green and Golden Bell Frog was once one of the most common frog species on Australia’s south-eastern coast, thriving in large, permanent, open-water swamps or ponds that have a variable water level and dense surrounding vegetation.

However, in recent times factors such as habitat loss and introduced predators have seen their populations decline to the point where they are now listed nationally as vulnerable and in NSW as endangered.

Plans for the Sydney Olympics site at Homebush were amended when the frogs were discovered there, leading to the relocation of the tennis courts and the establishment of new habitats for the frogs.

(Pictured right: The Enfield-Chullora site showing habit areas, frog corridors and ponds.)

Now, with small numbers of the Green and Golden Bell Frog known to be in the Enfield-Greenacre area, just south of Homebush, similar protection efforts are being incorporated into construction of Sydney Ports’ Intermodal Logistics Centre.

Working with the wetland management and restoration group Dragonfly Environmental, Sydney Ports is establishing and will be responsible for managing, a two hectare habitat of ponds, foraging areas, shelters and corridors designed as a refuge for frogs migrating to and around the Enfield-Greenacre area.

Sydney Ports Senior Project Manager, Bruce Royds says the development of the Frog Habitat Creation Area (FHCA) at Enfield will greatly assist in the conservation of Green and Golden Bell Frog populations.

“Sydney Ports has worked closely with experts in the field to develop a habitat management plan designed to ensure optimum water levels in the ponds, that the surrounding environment is kept free of weeds and unwanted vegetation and that frog movement corridors are maintained to encourage interconnectivity between colonies,” Mr Royds said.

“Secure breeding sites for the frogs are scarce, so we are establishing an environment that will mimic, as closely as possible, their natural habitat.”

“A critical part of this process will include artificially raising and lowering water levels in the ponds to emulate nature’s sporadic rainfall and the resulting cycles of full water and drying out.”

“Ultimately, we are working to create a habitat for the Green and Bell frogs that will encourage breeding, foster survival and see their numbers in the Enfield-Greenacre area increase to the point where natural migration patterns in and around the site are re-established and become the norm.”

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Cronulla Industrial Estate for Australand 2006-2007. Bitou bush and other noxious and environmental weeds were eradicated from works site. Works included planting of 330,000 plants in stormwater detention facilities and on dune areas. Works included creation of Green and Golden Bell Frog Habitat at the site. Work was completed within 2 months to specifications and within budget.

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Dragonfly Environmental wetland management and restoration groupis working for Sydney Ports in establishing and managing, a two hectare habitat of ponds, foraging areas, shelters and corridors designed as a refuge for frogs migrating to and around the Enfield-Greenacre area.

Dragonfly Environmental planted the Frog breeding areas (designed by Arthur White) and is continuing to maintain the habitat areas. It’s a great project and the Dragonfly Team are proud to be caring for such important habitat.

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Dragonfly Environmental - Wildlife Tree Assessments

Dragonfly Environmental – Wildlife Tree Assessments

 

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NRMA Umina Beach Resort. Fauna Survey by Dragonfly Environmental   Possum created high-rise in Hollow

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Egg and Possum Skull found in Tree Hollow – Owl expected.

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Noisy Minors – prolific

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Hollows in trees – great habitat

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Brush tail Possum in tree hollow

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Habitat for many animals including Micro-bats – under the flaking wood.

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Male Water Dragon – just outside the resort

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Scaly Breasted Lorikeet

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Entrance to the Ocean – Umina Beach

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White’s Skink in a tree hollow,  Photo Cameron Radford

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Brush-tail Possums common and abundant – seen here with red filter over the spotlight – the red reduces the brightness of the light and is less disturbing to wildlife.

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Bushland adjoining the resort – termite nest with Kookaburra nest (above)   Kookaburra leaving nest (below)

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Bushland adjoining the resort – Satin Bower Bird display area – Wonderful!

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Cameron inspecting the tree hollow and signs of wild-life.

Tree inspection for wildlife by Dragonfly Environmental

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Why We love What We Do!

Valuable Final Product

Jocelyne showing us that she is going above and beyond achieving our Valuable Final Product VFP:

“Cared For and Restored Natural Areas Resulting In Improved Environments for Now and the Future!”

And look what is above her in the tree! 🙂

Dragonfly Environmental is Caring fot these Reserves on Scotland Island in Pittwater.  Access is by boat only and the big Spotted Gum trees, Eucalyptus maculata, are old enough to have significant hollows which are used by birds such as these Cockatoos and mammals such as Brush-tail Possums.  Rare microbats also roost in some of the tree hollows.

Dragonfly Environmental is managing weeds in these reserves to keep the natural areas growing.  The areas are listed as Spotted Gum Endangered Ecological Communities because without Care they will decline in health, habitat value and diversity.

Dragonfly Environmental is also managing bushfire hazards in an environmentally appropriate way.  Dragonfly Environmentalare well expereinced in Fire Hazard Asset Protection.


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Mass Contract Planting

Mass Contract Planting

Mass Contract Planting

Big Appreciation!

Great Appreciation to all in the Dragonfly team you worked consistently and fast with high care and quality on the recent planting jobs at Blacktown and Beaumont Hills. It was a huge effort with over 38,000 new native plants in the ground. Well done team!

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Native Plant of the Week

Native Plant

Native Plant

Native of the Week: Eupomatia laurina Bolwarra

This beautiful plant is an Australian Native! Eupomatia laurina, known as Bolwarra or sometimes Native Guava or Copper Laurel. It is a shrub to small tree, often seen between 3 and 5 metres tall. Larger specimens attain a height of 15 metres and a trunk diameter of 30 cm.

Native to eastern Australia, from as far south as Nowa Nowa in the state of Victoria and as far as north as Cooktown in tropical Queensland and also New Guinea. It is a primitive flowering plant, usually growing as an understorey in rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest.

This one is growing in Cabbage Tree Palm Forest at RSL War Vet’s village at Narabeen Lagoon.  Dragonfly Environmental is supervising the bush regeneration of this important vegetation.

 

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Seasons & Cycles Nature-based Walks & Talks

We had an amazing turn out at Echo Point Park, Roseville Chase the 2nd tour with over 70 people attending! A few of which snuck onto the tour! Unfortunately the weather put a dampener on the 2nd walk at Gibberagong, Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. But the good news it has been postponed until August, so you have another opportunity to come along! Be guided by Les Mcleod, Aboriginal Discovery Ranger and Fran Bodkin, D’harawal Traditional Knowledge holder and Author. They have an abundance of stories and knowledge of our natural environment, culture, history, native food and medicinal plants.

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