Avoiding being Pyp’d at the post

After many years of work by contractors, NACC staff and volunteers, the enormous task of tackling one of Western Australia’s worst coastal weeds (Pyp grass) is nearing an end in Jurien Bay and Cervantes.
Volunteers from Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group conducting Pyp grass quadrat surveys
Volunteers from Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group conducting Pyp grass quadrat surveys

The successful weed control program has seen Pyp grass in coastal dunes of both towns reduced to sparse coverage and has prevented the weed from transforming the dunes into a monoculture.

NACC now plans to revegetate some of the worst affected areas where Pyp grass has left a scar. In collaboration with the Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group, Cervantes Coastcare, Cervantes Primary School, revegetation contractors will return native plants to the area.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Manager, Hamish Longbottom, said a huge amount of time and effort had gone into ensuring this weed did not become an infestation.

 

“It is now time to bring back some of the native plants which were out-competed by Pyp grass,” he said.

The revegetation effort in 2018 will help to restore biodiversity and habitat to the coastal dunes and increase the available seed source for recruitment of coastal species.

Member of the Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group, Parks and Wildlife and NACC staff revegetating coastal dunes.
Member of the Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group, Parks and Wildlife and NACC staff revegetating coastal dunes.

“We are looking forward to seeing these coastal dunes continue to provide important ecosystems services and natural beauty for all of us to enjoy,” said Hamish.

For more information about NACC’s work on Pyp grass and some before and after pictures of Pyp grass sites go to our Pyp grass page.

NACC thanks volunteers from the Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group and Cervantes Coastcare for their ongoing contribution to the project and also Parks and Wildlife and Shire of Dandaragan for their support.

NACC’s Pyp grass management projects are made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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