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Bushland Matters - Summer 2004


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                                                                                                                                                           Bushland Matters
Welcome to new Bushcare groups now           Few people would have seen an               Chinamans Beach has officially been
up and running.                              Angophora so totally dominated by           judged one of the cleanest in NSW!
                                             Camphor Laurels as this one at Harston      Chinamans Beach has been highly
Inkerman St Bushcare is working on an        Avenue.
amazing piece of remnant vegetation                                                      commended in the Natural Heritage
on unmade Carrington Avenue and              There are three massive Camphor             category of Keep Australia Beautiful’s
                                                                                         Clean Beach Challenge. This was                 The Bushcare Newsletter of Mosman Municipal Council                                                         Summer 2004
unmade Inkerman Street. This is the          Laurel trunks completely surrounding a
                                                                                         primarily due to the hard work of the
best collection of remnant native            single Angophora trunk.
                                                                                         Chinaman’s beach Bushcare Group and                                                                                                        Bushcare
plants that I have seen in such a small
                                                                                         the Chinamans Beach Residents Action                          Bushcare Christmas Party 2003
area. Inkerman Street Bushcare also          A few months ago Harston Avenue’s
                                             site supervisor Ben Newsome poisoned        Group.                                                                                                                                 Achievements 2003
has a magnificent remnant Silvertop
                                             the three Camphor Laurels.                  2003 also marked the third anniversary         On Sunday 5th December the                   Thanks must also go to Neal for          •Appointment of a full time Bushcare
Ash (Eucalyptus sieberi) which is a
                                                                                         of the Chinamans Beach Bushcare                achievements of Bushcarers in 2003           cooking the BBQ, Bushland Officer        Officer (that’s Rachel)
beautiful specimen of an uncommon            The Camphor Laurels have now
                                                                                         Group, and here they are celebrating           were celebrated with a Bushcare              Steven Smith and his partner Ramona      •Bushcare Bus Trip
tree in Mosman.                              finished dropping their leaves and the
                                                                                         with a post-Bushcare morning tea.              Christmas Party!                             and Rachel’s husband Richard for         •Bushcare Training
Government Road Bushcarers are               Angophora has thanked us by growing                                                                                                     helping out.                             •Better record keeping and reporting
working on the unmade section of             lots of fresh new leaves, filling out its                                                                                                                                        •Individual Bushcare Volunteers
                                                                                                                                                                                     Special thanks to John Grady, Open
Government Road next to Marsala              canopy. You can actually hear it sighing                                                                                                                                         Program
                                                                                                                                                                                     Space Team Leader who stood out in
Street. This site also has some excellent    with relief.                                                                                                                                                                     •Bushcare database
                                                                                                                                                                                     the cold and redirected Bushcarers
remnant native plants with more of a                                                                                                                                                 from Clifton Gardens.                    •Major work completed on Bushcare
rainforest type collection. There are lots                                                                                                                                                                                    sites at: Shellbank, Millet Road,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Most importantly, thanks to you          Chinamans Beach and Harston Avenue
of stormwater channels running through
                                                                                                                                                                                     Bushcarers for making it such a great    •Five new groups (Killarney Street,
the area, and with a bit of work these
                                                                                                                                                                                     event and for everything you have done   Harston Avenue, Inkerman Street,
have the potential to become excellent
                                                                                                                                                                                     for Mosman’s bushland in 2003.           Government Road, The Grove and
frog breeding habitats.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wyargine Reserve)
Wyargine Bushcare will have their                                                                                                                                                                                             •National Tree Day activities
first work day on the Australia Day                                                                                                                                                                                           •Weedbuster Week activities
long weekend. There will be lots                                                                                                        It was blowing a gale and freezing
of hand weeding to do, protecting                                                                                                       cold at the original location at Clifton
areas of native Microlaena grassland                                                                                                    Gardens. Neal Garrett spent an hour
(Microlaena stipoides) that are                                                                                                         trying to light the BBQ before we gave
threatened by the terrible weed Ehrhata                                                                                                 up and headed for the Mosman Council
(Ehrhata erecta). You all should know                                                                                                   Seniors Centre at Spit Junction.
this weed, as it’s on all Bushcare sites      Angophora trunk crowded out by the                                                        The new location was not as scenic but
in Mosman.                                    Camphor Laurel trees.                                                                     much more comfortable. Neal cooked
                                                                                                                                        the BBQ on the balcony overlooking
                                                                                                                                        the village green, and it was delicious.
IF NOT DELIVERED PLEASE RETURN TO                                                                                                       Everyone mixed really well, meeting           Want to Know More About
                                                                                                                                        other Bushcarers from other groups.                                                    Bushland Officer Steven Smith at the
                                                                                                                                                                                       Bushcare in Mosman?                     combined Councils’ Weedbuster Week
                                                                                                                                        We even discovered the secret to a
                                                                                                                                                                                        Contact Mosman Council’s               display at Bridgepoint. (And who’s that
                                                                                                                                        great party: fitting lots of people in a
                                                                                                                                        small room.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Bushcare Officer, Rachel              other gentleman behind the stand?)

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeomans, on 9978 4038, or
                                                                                                                         Postage Paid
                                                                                                                                        The Mayor, Cr David Strange gave
                                                                                                                                        a short speech thanking all of the
                                                                                                                                                                                         email council@mosman.                      What’s Coming
                                                                                                                                        volunteers for their efforts over the last       nsw.gov.au. Information                      in 2004
                                                                                                                                        year and thanks also to Councillors             on bushland and Bushcare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              •More Bushcare Training Sessions
                                                                                                                                        Harvey, Elsegood, Jenkins, Wilton and             in Mosman is also on                •Bushcare Exchange
                                                                                                                                        Grayspence for attending on the night.             Council’s website at               •Balmoral Island Bushcare Group

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              •Even more record keeping and

                                                                                                                                         Top: Mayor Cr David Strange and wife
                                                                                                                                                                                               environment                    reporting (no, really, it’s a good thing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              •Updated Bushcare Policy

                                                  Summer                                                                                                                                 Summer
                                                                                                                                         Anne with Bushcarer David Payne.
                                                                                                                                         Right: Bushcarer John Allen and wife
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              •Bushcare Volunteer Information Kit
                                                                                                                                         Sandra with Bushcare Officer Rachel.                                                 •Bushcare Stickers

                                                   2004                                                                                                                                   2004
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              •Native Plant Brochure

                                                   Printed on 50% recycled paper
                  Fauna Profile - Jumper Ants                                                Christmas Bush                               Barry’s Back and Bushcare Logo (almost) Found in Mosman
Do you have Jumper Ants (Myrmecia          and discomfort are extreme see a                                                                                                                            Mosman’s fabulous bird watcher, Barry
pilosula) on your Bushcare site? They      doctor as you may need treatment with                                                                                                                       Lancaster has captured some truly amazing
are active now!                            antihistamines.                                                                                                                                             images of the Variegated Fairywren (Malurus
Jumper ants are found in bushland and      Every time you get stung by a Jumper                                                                                                                        lamberti). The wren featured in the Bushcare
semi-rural areas along the south-east      Ant you increase the risk of becoming                                                                                                                       Logo is the Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus)
coast of Australia. They are 10-12mm       sensitised to their poison as well as the                                                                                                                   The Superb and Variegated Fairywrens are very
long with black and orange bodies and      poisons of bees and wasps.                                                                                                                                  similar and normally the Superb is the more
large orange pincers. Jumper Ants move     A small number of people are allergic                                                                                                                       common wren around Sydney. However, the
around with a characteristic jumping       to Jumper Ant stings, and if you know                                                                                                                       Variegated Fairywren seems to be more common
motion, hence the name.                    you are allergic to bees, you may be                                                                                                                        than the Superb in Mosman, but Barry’s not sure
                                                                                       NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum
                                           allergic to Jumper Ants too.                gummiferum) is an erect shrub that                                                                              why. Mosman is also home to White-browed
                                           If someone who is allergic to Jumper        ususally grows to between 2 and 4m                                                                              Scrubwrens. (Sericornis frontalis)
                                           Ants gets stung they will have an           high, although in rainforest gullies it
                                                                                       has been recorded up to 30m high.                                                                               Wrens eat insects and occasionally seeds and
                                           anaphylactic reaction. This is a danger-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       berries. They like clumps of dense bushes to hide
                                           ous and life threatening situation. If      Christmas Bush is found in woodland                                                                             in and open grassy areas for hunting. As bush
                                           someone is stung by a Jumper Ant at         on sandstone and is common along the                                                                            regenerators we need to be careful that we do
                                           Bushcare, they must be monitored and        NSW coast and ranges.                                                                                           not over-clear woody weeds because fauna like
                                           if they experience any of the following
                                                                                       The spectacular red display through                                                                             wrens could be using it as habitat.
                                           symptoms seek medical attention
                                                                                       December and January is not actually
                                           immediately. Symptoms include:                                                                                                                              We need to make sure we properly assess our
                                                                                       the plant flowering. Christmas Bush
                                           severe swelling of the area that has                                                                                                                        sites and carefully plan our work. What we do
                                                                                       has fairly inconspicuous small white
                                           been stung, nausea, fever, tongue and                                                                                                                       has a huge impact on fauna and we need to make
                                                                                       clusters of flowers in November. After
                                           lip swelling, breathlessness, and an                                                                                                                        sure it’s a positive influence.
                                                                                       flowering the calyx (outside layer of
Nests are usually a mound 20-60cm          itchy rash.
                                                                                       the flower) swells and turns bright red.
in diameter with a pile of fine gravel     If you get stung by a Jumper Ant at                                                                                                                           These photos of the Variegated Fairywren were
around the entrance. They may have                                                     Beautiful sprays of Christmas Bush                                                                                taken at Bradleys Head - a top spot for wren-
                                           Bushcare you must fill in an accident/
multiple entrances or be hidden under                                                  have been used as decoration since                                                                                watching!
                                           injury report and make sure it gets
rocks.                                                                                 early colonial times. “For some days
                                           to the Bushcare Officer as soon as
                                                                                       before Christmas...we used to meet
Jumper Ants are carnivorous                possible. These forms can be found in
scavengers, so are an important part       your Site Supervisor’s work folder.
                                                                                       numbers of persons carrying bundles
                                                                                       of a beautiful native shrub, to decorate
                                                                                                                                                Dollarbirds in Town for Festive Season Holiday Fling
of the nutrient cycling process. They
                                                                                       the houses in the same manner that we
grasp their prey with their pincers and                                                                                           Dollarbrids (Eurystonus orientalis)   interesting, distinctive call that sounds
                                                                                       use holly and evergreens at home.”
sting it with a stinger located on their                                                                                          are a migratory species that are      a bit like a harsh quacking. They nest
                                                                                       (Meredith, quoted in Robinson L, Field
abdoment. Jumper Ants may even                                                                                                    visiting and breeding in Mosman       in tree hollows and eat insects that
                                                                                       Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney,
sting through clothing and gloves, but                                                                                            NOW! Look out for them in a           they catch while flying through the air.
                                                                                       2nd ed 1994)
some protection is much better than                                                                                               reserve near you. They have a very    They love to perch at the tops of trees.
bare skin so wear your gloves and                                                      Christmas Bush cultivars are grown
sensible clothing and footwear when at                                                 commercially as cut flowers, and are
Bushcare.                                                                              regularly exported as they are popular
                                                                                       overseas. Potted specimens are widely
If you see a Jumper Ant or find a
                                                                                       available in nurseries, so why not plant
Jumper Ant nest on your Bushcare site
                                                                                       one in your garden.
watch out as these ants will aggres-
sively defend their territory. Tell your   References
site supervisor and other Bushcarers       • www.allergy.org.au/aer/infobulletins/
immediately and move away.                 Australian_Stinging_Ants.htm

If you get stung by a Jumper Ant           • www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/pdf/
applying a soothing cream, or the          jumperants.pdf
crushed shoots of Bracken Fern             • www.mja.com.au/public/issues/175_
may help. Be calm and wait for the         12_171201/brown/brown.html
immediate pain to subside, which            Above left: Jumper Ant
usually takes a few minutes. Over the       Above: Jumper Ant nest

                                                Summer                                                                                                                       Summer
next few days the sting will swell and
                                                                                         Top: Detail of Christmas Bush
get very red, hot and itchy. Soothing                                                                                              Dollarbirds also spotted at
                                                                                         flowers (white) and calyxes (red)
creams may help, however if the pain                                                                                               Bradleys Head.

                                                 2004                                                                                                                         2004
                                                                                         Bottom: Christmas Bush display

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