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East Point Reserve biodiversity 5 year management plan 2014-2018



East Point Reserve biodiversity 5 year management plan 2014-2018


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East Point Reserve


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; The Plan outlines management actions jointly developed by the Parks and Reserves and Climate Change and Environment departments which guide biodiversity management of East Point Reserve to year 2018. Annual biodiversity monitoring will be undertaken to determine ecosystem changes and revegetation success. Monitoring will be undertaken during the wet season as survey results are more comprehensive during this period in comparison to the dry.


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Introduction -- Management actions -- Flora -- Weeds -- Fauna -- Birds -- Wallabies -- Atlas Moth -- Introduced species -- Roles and responsibilities -- Review -- Timeframe for Management Action implementation.




Parks and reserves -- Management -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Biodiversity conservation -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; East Point Reserve (N.T.)

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Darwin City Council

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Version 2


11 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 30 cm.

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Darwin City Council



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Version 2 05/03/14 Parks & Reserves officers will continue to report reptile observations to FrogWatch including any carcasses found. FrogWatch collect these animals for information and research purposes. 2.2.1 Birds Bird life is in abundance at the Reserve and EcOz identified 189 different species during their 2013 desktop and field surveys. The Reserve is also considered an important habitat for migratory shorebirds under the Australian Governments Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999. Action 9 Support the protection of shorebird roosting areas within and adjacent to the Reserve. Although the land where the shorebird roosting occurs is under Northern Territory Government jurisdiction, Council will continue to support relevant stakeholders to ensure the protection of shorebird roosting areas on land within and adjacent to the Reserve. Action 10 Install an artificial Osprey nesting platform. Although eight raptor species including the Eastern Osprey (Haliaeetus cristatus) are known to frequent the Reserve, the foreshore currently lacks any appropriate roosting or nesting areas. To encourage these birds to nest, an artificial Osprey nesting platform will be constructed within the first 12 months. If considered successful, an additional platform will be constructed to further encourage nesting. 2.2.2 Wallabies The Reserve is home to a population of Agile Wallabies (Macropus agilis). A maximum count of 114 wallabies was made in May 2013 by EcOz. The surveys provide information on the stability of the population and assist in identifying the important and preferred foraging areas. Action 11 a) Train Council officers to undertake wallaby population surveys. b) Undertake wallaby population surveys each month for t months to allow adequate on-the-job training and baseline data collection. c) Continue wallaby population surveys n a quarterly basis. Within six months, five Parks & Reserves officers will be trained to undertake wallaby population surveys, allowing Council to undertake its own surveys. Monthly wallaby surveys will be conducted for the first twelve months creating a baseline dataset, which will build on historical data. Data will be recorded using a survey record template and will be input into a spreadsheet accessible to the Team Coordinator Parks & Reserves for reporting purposes. After twelve months of monthly surveys, surveys will be conducted quarterly. 2.2.3 Atlas Moth In their East Point Biodiversity Assessment 2013 EcOz comments: The Atlas Moth (Attacus wardi) was first discovered within the Port Darwin area in 1908 at a time when large patches of monsoon r a i n forest and monsoon vine thicket were present, thus providing the habitat necessary to support the Atlas Moth population. Over time much of this habitat, including the plant species that the Atlas Moth larvae depend on for a food source, have been cleared to make way for the development. The Atlas Moth has since become extinct from the Darwin area. EcOz identified opportunities to reintroduce the Atlas Moth (A. wardi) (Figure 7) back into the Reserve which included the planting of larvae food plants species C. habrophyllus and L. glutinosa (see Action 4 for more information on species inclusion in revegetation work).

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