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Friends unite to remove sea spurge pest from Gippsland Lakes

Wednesday 20 November, 2013

Parks Victoria, the Friends of the Parks and Reserves of the Gippsland Lakes and the Lakes Entrance Community Landcare Group recently united for a working bee at the Gippsland Lakes.

The focus of the working bee was to hand-weed the invasive species Euphorbia paralias, commonly known as ‘sea spurge’ at two locations within the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park.

The groups were focusing their efforts on areas that had undergone weed removal treatment in 2012.

Parks Victoria Ranger Matt Holland said the groups were delighted to see the sites had shown signs of improvement since last year’s work, as they only removed small juvenile plants this time, which is a promising sign.

“Our timing for weed removal was critical as the sites are frequented by the threatened Little Terns and Fairy Terns that normally attempt to nest at the Gippsland Lakes by late October.

“Sea spurge intrusion on open sand reduces the actual area available for nesting and we wanted to ensure the plants were removed before they could drop seed again, lessening the risk for future growth of this weed”, said Mr Holland.

Based on the initial success of the program, the group intends to work together again in 2014 for another sea spurge removal day. Details will be available at a later date on this website.

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