Arthurs Seat

History:

Agricultural activities had begun on Arthurs Seat by 1900, and did not finish until the area was made a State Park in the 1960’s. Over time, adjacent properties with high –value habitat have been acquired and added to the existing State park. During this same period, rural and residential development have albeit surrounded the park. Due to the surrounding cliffs, inaccessible terrain and unstable surfaces, the majority of the site’s vegetation was never fully cleared. The biggest threat to native vegetation is actually weed invasion. Dozens of weed species have entered the site from surrounding gardens and agricultural land, including several of National Significance. They have almost completely taken over large areas of the Park, and are spreading at an alarming rate.

Action:

EVC 29: Damp Forest. Victorian Status: Endangered
EVC 83: Swampy Riparian Woodland. Victorian Status: Endangered
EVC 175: Grassy Woodland. Victorian Status: Endangered
EVC 793: Damp Heathy Woodland. Victorian Status: Vulnerable
EVC 16: Lowland Forest. Victorian Status: Vulnerable
EVC 23: Herb-rich Foothill Forest. Victorian Status: Vulnerable

Parks Victoria, the authority in charge of weed management, have been monitoring and initiating an integrated weed management plan for many years. This has returned some parts of the park to an almost pristine condition. However, they simply do not have the funds to tackle the most heavily infested areas. As long as these areas remain untreated, the bush will never be safe. HRF plans to extend the weed control works of Parks Victoria into all areas of the Park. Works will be staged over a number of years, in line with Parks Victoria’s existing weed management plan and fuel-reduction burning. Funds will be used to engage sub-contractors to work alongside volunteers in weed control activities. HRF will use the project to further its educational objectives of bringing primary, secondary and tertiary students into contact with the natural environment. Flora and Fauna surveys will begin, to monitor changes in floristic composition, as well as fauna surveys to measure changes in wildlife abundance and diversity.

Future Aims:

Weed control works organized by HRF will be ongoing, in line with integrated weed management techniques.  Over time, target weeds will be eliminated from the entire Park. Given that adjacent properties also harbor the same weeds, reinvasion into the national park will be a continuing threat, so routine weed patrols are essential. Fire will continue to be used as a weed management tool, and also to renew various habitats. The education program will continue perpetually, so that participants can see the change in the environment over time.

Status:

Please visit the site periodically for updates on:-

  • Our progress in securing funding,
  • Upcoming events,
  • Tasks completed, and
  • Sightings of rare flora and fauna.

Sightings:

Clover glycine (Glycine latrobeana)

Statistics

Location:

Arthurs Seat, Victoria

Project Began:

TBA

Acreage:

1,650

Issues:

Large areas of steep terrain heavily infested with a variety of high-threat weeds. Altered fire regime.

Tasks:

Conduct specialised weed control. Use fire to assist weeding and to promote natural regeneration. Arrange community events.

Species Prior Works:

Flora: TBA Fauna: TBA

Species After Works:

Flora: N/A Fauna: N/A