We had a very different walk last Saturday - through the Elliott Road section of Trigg Bushland down to Trigg Beach. Parts of this area were badly burnt in the January 2013 fires, and do not appear to be recovering well. Also, much of this area looks to be sadly neglected - and in fact, abused! But as the photo below shows, there are still some beautiful heathlands, with thick, dense vegetation - in a virtually uninterrupted sequence to the shore of the Indian Ocean.
view from tall dunes near hepworth rd, showing the connected landscape all the way to the ocean - including the dunes near the trigg carpark and kiosk
There were a few flowers, most notably 'fireflower' or yellow tail - Anthocercis littorea - so called because it is often seen after fire. Unfortunately, we also saw some of the largest stands of the dangerous weed 'bridal creeper' that we've seen in Trigg Bushland in the last 15 years!
The amount of weeds coming up in the burnt area is simply overwhelming. Here is a poor lomandra struggling to get a bit of sunlight as it is completely overgrown with soursob - which are just seedlings at this stage. By the time they are full size, the lomandra won't get any sunlight at all. In some places, new growth appeared to be 100 per cent weed seedlings!
The fire exposed some very old trash that might have been unseen previously. This car body appears to be so old that you could almost call it historic! Certainly the sign is practically historic - a very old example of signage, badly aged and now also bearing grafitti.
Newer signage did not fare any better - several of these signs, which were worded by the Friends of Trigg Bushland (and put up with a grant) have been defaced, or in the first example, made completely redundant: the beautiful quandong which the sign explains is now just a dead stump.
Here we see an old mattress and other junk which have been used as a slide and left to rot. Nearby there are actually bits of trash hanging from the trees!
Here we see some residential construction which appears to have used the conveniently located bushland to dispose of unwanted earth and rubbish from a trench - there are two such piles next the the construction site. There does seem to be a big problem with 'residential attitudes' in the area!
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