Bushcare Elvina Bay

Date: 21-Oct-2017

Elvina Bay

This Bushcare group is supported by National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Where: Point at Elvina and McCarrs creek (Between Maritana and Mellors House)
When: 3rd Saturday of every month
Time: 1pm - 4pm

Bush Regeneration

Bush regeneration is the practice of restoring bushland by reinstating and reinforcing the system's ongoing natural regeneration processes. Bush regeneration work aims to rehabilitate the bush from a weed infested or otherwise degraded plant community to a healthy community composed of locally occurring native plants. These program goals require commitment, long-term planning and the development of a variety of skills, concepts and techniques.

Bushcare Groups

The lower Western Shores have four bushcare groups: Elvina Bay, Rocky Point, Coopers Point (Little Lovett Bay) and Morning Bay. Membership is open and newcomers welcomed and encouraged.

Location & Description

Reserves include Cooper's Point Reserve, Floods Reserve, Elvina Park and Rocky Point. The Reserves described are located from McCarrs Creek to the southern side of Lovett Bay on the western foreshores of Pittwater.

The Reserves are dominated by bushland in largely undeveloped areas. The major landuse adjacent to the Reserves is Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park with adjoining residential properties, many with waterfrontages and Crown land.

Walking Tracks & Access

A network of unsealed fire trails exist providing access to most Reserves. Access through many of the Reserves is minimal.

Plants

Elvina Park supports an example of Spotted Gum Tall Open-forest.

At Rocky Point, the vegetation consists of Spotted Gum Forest dominated by Spotted Gum and Grey Ironbark.

Animals

The habitat complexity of the tall moist forest and its connection to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park means that Elvina Park is able to support a diverse fauna assemblage. A number of important sightings have been made in the vicinity including the rare spotted-tailed quoll, brush turkey and the vagrant noisy pitta. The noisy pitta uses such wet forests in the Sydney region as stopover points between rainforests to the north and south.

Cabbage tree palms, lillypillies and rainforest vines provide food for frugivorous pigeons, parrots and cuckoos. The thick damp groundcover makes it suitable for a range of reptiles and some terrestrial mammals.

Special Features

  • The Reserves in Elvina Bay and Lovett Bay South contain Spotted Gum Forest communities which are significant at a State level
  • they contain significant aboriginal sites
  • they provide major habitat and habitat complexity for a diverse assemblage of native fauna including threatened and significant species, namely the spotted-tailed quoll, brush turkey and the noisy pitta
  • they provide panoramic views to Barrenjoey Headland and Pittwater
  • they contribute to the landscape quality of the Pittwater foreshore and are used for a range of activities in a bushland setting
  • they provide a record of the original landscape and the changes wrought by urban development
  • they are an educational resource and a contact point with nature for residents