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Bothams Beach

Endangered Ecological Community Restoration

Bothams Beach

What is the aim?

Bothams Beach Reserve sits on a sloping hillside alongside McCarrs Creek, just upstream of Homeport Marina near Church Point. For years the existing bushland was being smothered by Asparagus Fern, Lantana and Morning Glory.

Bush regeneration work began early 2009 in partnership with Pittwater Council. Weeds were cleared and, in October 2010, burnt in piles resulting in a spectacular regeneration of native species.  Native tubestock was planted near the track where regeneration would have been slow.

After four years work by Contractors and a local bushcare group – Bothams Beach Reserve is now revealing the hidden forest – magnificent spotted Gums, Grey Gums and Grey Ironbarks above a shrub and grass understorey. About 110 species of native plants, from these huge trees to ferns and grasses, are present here.

Follow-up weeding is been ongoing. The clay soils of the area’s steep slopes are subject to landslips. Once the process of stabilisation is completed further bush regeneration will continue north on the site.

Native fauna may recolonise healthy bushland. The tiny Feathertail Glider is known to live in this area so five nest boxes for squirrel and sugar gliders were installed in the trees to encourage nesting of these species, as tree hollows are in short supply. As more understorey shrubs grow providing increased shelter, smaller bush birds will use the area, safe from aggressive bigger birds such as Currawongs and Noisy Miners.

Who funds it?

Funding for this project has been through successive grants received from the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority to bush regenerate and raise public awareness of this site. Donations from local residents have also supported this project to date. Community support enabled the PEF to win these grants for Bothams Beach. Continued community involvement in the project is crucial to the success of future grants.

Can I help?

‘There are many ways to help. Bequests and donations remain our primary source of funding. Becoming part of a bushcare group on site or joining in the community planting days are another way of contributing directly to the success of this project. Finally, simply appreciating the work by enjoying a walk or birdwatching through this bushland is a great start to supporting the work and the benefits for us all.

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