Management Plan for 2011
This plan was approved by the Advisory Forum and the LIRA committee towards the end of last year and continues to embrace the broad principles outlined in the 2008 Northern Shores Environmental Action Plan.
WEST OF HARBOUR ROAD & KINGFISHER CREEK
Kingfisher Creek west, in area near the old gravel road:
- Close and plant-up (with indigenous plants similar to those existing nearby) the entrance section of the old gravel track and relocate the timber pole fence along Links Drive, with pedestrian access. Implementation will require supply of water from neighbour during initial growth period.
- Encourage the old gravel track to change to an attractive narrow pathway.
West of tennis courts:
- Nurture Satyrium princeps (rare wild orchid) along the Nature Walk and investigate feasibility of registering a Botanical Reserve for this species.
- Conduct experiment along the sides of the Nature Walk (in the area hosting Satyrium princeps) to ascertain whether applying herbicide (approved by SANParks), pulling, or hand cutting Cotton, Kikuyu and Buffalo grass will increase diversity of plant species.
- Encourage diversity of indigenous plant species that have emerged under the owl box eucalyptus trees by pulling/hand-cutting alien and aggressive grass and weed species.
- Subject to availability of specific donor finance discourage parking near owl box tree by extending timber pole fence eastwards along Links Drive to Tennis Club parking area.
Immediately east of the bowling greens:
- Encourage natural indigenous species between the mown area and the Rhus shrubbery and merge into the natural garden developing south east of Rogers Way.
- Remove large Cotoneaster shrub in the above area.
- Cut, and retain mowed, a wide grass path to link Links Drive with the existing mown area.
- Remove remaining uncut Cotton and Kikuyu grass and encourage growth of indigenous species.
STEENBOK NATURE PARK:
- Collect and remove all rocks and rubble in Kingfisher Creek Bay salt marsh.
- Discourage dogs not on leads by introducing appropriate signage to give effect thereto.
- Continue removal of aliens and Cotton, Kikuyu and Buffalo grasses on bank below brick path north of the Indigenous Garden.
- Continue Imperata cylindrica (cotton grass) experiment, and if a successful method of control is found, extend to another two areas.
- Further develop existing tree copses to increase tree species diversity.
- Attempt to overcome problem of sand from east parking area blowing on to adjacent residential homes.
- Expand website with additional 50 tree species and introduce sections covering frogs and marine species
- With the guidance of experts (including Cape Nature) develop a formal management plan embracing at least:
- regular mowing and weed eating of mowed areas
- weed eating edge of brick path and removing weeds in path
- leveling paths to keep safe
- cutting, pruning and weeding “gardened areas” and replacing plants as necessary
- regulate sprinkler system
- applying Neutrog bounce back, compost and fertilizer as necessary
- judicial “lifting” of vegetation to discourage over-nighting and defecating
- regular litter and dog poo clean-ups
- control of aliens and certain expansive indigenous species.
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