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Bush Regeneration

Since 1996, 98% of the primary infestation of the big four weeds (bitou bush, pampas grass, prickly pear, blackberry) have been eradicated as a result of National Parks and Wildlife programs and Friends of Towra volunteers.

One of the major outcomes of the very first Towra meeting of interested parties, was the decision to organise weed eradication working bees. This became known initially as the "Bitou Bash". Scores of volunteers attended working bees which began in October 1996 to assist in removing invasive weeds from the Reserve. The efforts were overseen and coordinated by National Parks and Wildlife Service and assisted by the Environment Centre.

The first work site was Towra Beach, where up to 30 volunteers were transported by barge from Kurnell to remove primary infestations of bitou from the shoreline. In subsequent weeks, areas around Quibray Bay were targeted. These working bees were so successful that regular activities and a volunteer calendar have been established. You can see details of dates and current bush regeneration activites here.

There have been a number of major achievements since October 1996
  1. 98% of the primary infestations of the big four weeds (bitou bush, pampas grass, prickly pear, blackberry) eradicated by volunteers, NPWS staff and contractors.30% of another 2 (African olive and box-thorn) have also been eradicated.
  2. The sheds and platform near the radar station as well as approx 70% of the causeway have been liberated from weeds.
  3. 95% of weeds at Towra Beach and Quibray Bay eradicated, natives regenerating well
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