Impact of the Fund since 2005
Each year, the Fund supports the management of two reserves which contain Spiny Rice-flower: Altona Nature Conservation Reserve and Pimelea Nature Conservation Reserve.
Since 2005 the Fund has supported both regional and Melbourne metropolitan environmental groups, the Country Fire Authority, consultants, Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens, and private landowners in:
- An examination of the species genetic diversity and population structure by the Royal Botanical Gardens, helping to set conservation activities for the species and ensure Spiny Rice-flower’s long-term survival;
- Development of a new Spiny Rice-flower Recovery Plan;
- The employment of a Pimelea Conservation Officer to support both the Pimelea Conservation Trust Fund and Pimelea spinescens Recovery team;
- An assessment of all the Spiny Rice-flower translocations that have been carried out to date, providing analysis of ways to improve future translocation activities (see Resources below);
- The development of a Spiny Rice-flower monitoring protocol endorsed by the Pimelea spinescens Recovery Team;
- Research, asking if supplementary planting will improve the recruitment capacity of populations;
- Four local community education days about the species, its environment and optimal management;
- Optimal management in the form of an ecological burn and monitoring at nine different Pimelea spinescens sites;
- Stock/rabbit proof fencing installed at four sites;
- Weed control at five sites over a period of five years;
- Vermin eradication at two sites;
- The production of the Pimelea and Her Grassland Friends children’s book (see Resources below).
- Seed collection has occurred from eight sites that are not currently represented in the Pimelea spinescens seed bank.
- Supplementation has occurred at four Brimbank Council sites that have small and isolated P. spinescens populations.
- A direct seeding project has just been implemented to learn what is the best method to germinate P. spinescens from seed in the field.
- A research project that is tracking the gender presentation of individuals during a flowering season and then accessing the female’s and hermaphrodite’s seed quality.