Help needed to protect Forrestdale Lake
Volunteers needed to preserve vital wetlands
DISEASE, introduced species and humans are all having an effect on the health of Forrestdale Lake Nature Reserve.
But all is not lost for the Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, with Perth NRM busy holding conservation and rehabilitation work in the area as part of its Living Wetlands program.
With the help of local volunteers, Perth NRM is working to improve water quality, manage weeds, and control vehicular and animal access, all in a bid to better the lake’s condition.
Perth NRM environment program manager Luke McMillan said Forrestdale Lake was one of the most important conservation areas in Australia’s southwest.
“This species-rich sanctuary encompass a remarkable variety of plants and wildlife, some of which have been found nowhere else, and in order to retain the diversity of these extraordinary bushland and wetland areas it is critical that they remain intact, are not fragmented and are managed correctly,” he said.
“Issues include loss of habitat, threats by foxes, dogs and cats to birds, bandicoots and other animals that inhabit the reserve, access by horses and stock, water pollution and invasion of introduced weed species.
“But the prevailing threat to Forrestdale Lake is the reduced inflow of surface and ground water resulting in lower peak water levels and frequent drying.
“Our vision is to improve the ecological health and character of the lake to provide an intact and protected habitat for migratory birds and other local wildlife, to enhance the condition and resilience of the ecological communities in the neighbouring nature reserve, and to increase the awareness and involvement of the community.”
The organisation is calling on more volunteers for help with work such as fence maintenance, weed surveys and eradication, bush regeneration, bird surveys and picking up rubbish.
Call 9397 0276 or visit www.sercul.org.au/calendar-of-events for more information on upcoming volunteer events.
The health of Forrestdale Lake Nature Reserve is at risk because of disease and human impact.