Merri Creek Management Committee ecological planner Brian Bainbridge presented this talk at Fawkner Library using three plant species as examples of repairing pollen pathways to build plant and biodiversity resilience In Moreland’s urban parklands associated with Merri Creek.
“Did you know that endangered plants grow along the Merri Creek in Fawkner and Reservoir? That a rare Merri Creek lily’s sex life relies on a bee with a pitch perfect hum? Or that helping rare plants in a local parkland could help you grow better tomatoes? Learn about these fascinating facts and more in a presentation by Brian Bainbridge, Merri Creek Management Committee’s Ecological planner.” said the blurb on the Moreland Council website advertising the talk.
1. The example of the two Manna Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis) in Moreland.
The closest patches of Manna Gums are found nearly 30 kilometres north with two trees at Donnybrook located. This distance poses problems for pollination and self-seeding. Many native species uses Manna gums as part of their habitat, so the paucity of trees impacts the number and type of species.
Merri Creek Management Committee collected seeds and raised seedlings and have planted 2 Manna clumps: one in Campbellfield and one in Fawkner about 15 years ago. These trees are just now starting to mature and attract birds.
2. Rock Correa (Correa Glabra)
3. Matted Flax Lilly (Dianella Amoena)
Our urban areas support endangered species
I raised that new scientific research shows that 30 per cent of Australian endangered species are found within our capital city urban areas. Where we have settled and built our cities and houses has also been biodiversity hot spots. So many endangered species are still living in parkland and urban conservation areas in urban areas.
Native Bees enhance tomato pollination
You can read more on Brian Bainbridge’s work in ecological restoration in these two great articles: