Environmental weeds invade native vegetation and may replace native plants, impacting on the quality and extent of habitat for native species. Generally environmental weeds outcompete native species by their reproductive strategies such as prolific seeds, seeds distributed by birds, vegetative reproduction, and growth habit (prolific root systems, rapid growth, climbing and smothering). Recent changes and trends in Hyams Beach may be increasing the extent of environmental weeds, including the absence of fire management (many native species require fire to reproduce and remain vigorous), land clearing, dumping of weed material, and increased visitation increasing incursions into native bushland and trampling and destruction of native vegetation
Hyams Beach is surrounded by native vegetation of Jervis Bay National Park. Managing environmental weeds within Hyams Beach will reduce invasion by those weeds into the National Park, and will retain and improve pockets of native vegetation and species diversity within Hyams Beach.
The purpose of this leaflet is to increase residents’ capability to identify and take early action to reduce invasive weeds in Hyams Beach, understand and manage some of the processes and trends which may be increasing the extent of weeds, and to plan and plant gardens which add to the environmental values of Hyams Beach and surrounds.
Preparation of Community Protection Plan:
Across autumn, Hyams Beach Bushcare and the Environment Group joined forces to plant seedlings to help preserve aspects of the village’s bushland. The Bushcare group planted in the dunes behind Seamans Beach, near the Lister Court beach track, and the Environment Group along the cliff line above Chinamans Beach. These areas are both being progressively degraded as a result of people seeking shelter in shade or shortcuts to the beaches.
To deter people from walking across the dunes, the Council has repaired the fence along the Lister Court beach track and erected a fence along the cliff line at the northern end of Cyrus Street. The dunes behind Seamans Beach and Chinamans Beach have also been brushed as a further deterrent to people seeking shade and using the bush as a loo…
Bushcare and the Environment Group will continue to work together to extend the plantings, with seedlings provided by the Council’s Bushcare nursery.