Helping protect endangered Banksia scrub

Bush regeneration at Ausgrid's Bunnerong substation is helping to protect about 1.5 hectares of endangered Banksia Scrub and provide a home for native animals. With only 146 hectares of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub remaining between North Head and Botany Bay, down from 5,300 hectares, it is now listed as endangered by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub is a highly fragmented and endangered ecological community that suffers from clearing and weed incursion.  Removal of weeds such as Bitou Bush, Lantana and African Love Grass has led to the return of many native species including native Blue Bells, Geebung, Tree Broom-Heath and native Love Grass. Animals detected on the site include birds like the Rufus Fantail and Scrub Wrens and lizards such as the Blue Tongue and woodland lizards.

Work with a bush regeneration group to manage the site continues, including removing weeds, controlling erosion, fauna protection and monitoring flora and fauna.

 

An Ausgrid Environmental Officer inspects progress on the bush regeneration