Thursday, May 11, 2017

Drouin's Valuable Remnant Bushland #2

The value of patches of remnant vegetation in an urban setting cannot be overstated.

The old Drouin Nature Reserve in Pryor Rd

A 'bush block' in Roberts Ct
Urban patches of bush obviously provide valuable habitat for a range of native wildlife – birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates and this quality has been espoused previously in this blog.

John Lardner reserve beside the freeway
Some perhaps less obvious benefits of urban bushland include ….
·       Visual relief from urban sprawl
·       Places of solitude and tranquillity
·       Provision of cultural and historical links
·       Recreational sites for walkers, photographers, nature study, etc
·       Ecological niches for a range of flora and fauna
·       Cooling and cleaning of the surrounding atmosphere
·       Absorption of noise
·       Mitigating the effects of run off and protecting ground water
·       Genetic resource for indigenous flora species
·       Conserving natural landforms
·       Biological indicators of the effects of climate change
·       Cheap to maintain versus mowing grass, spraying and weeding garden beds, etc.

Even roadside and rail-side bush is valuable, weedy as they often are
Drouin's patches of remnant bushland are significant for many reasons and we should value them highly.

PS: Apologies for the dearth of posts recently. Endeavours are being made to rectify the situation.


  1. Inquiring about the numbers being posted on trees on Princess Way from Hearn Park to Drouin township? Will there be a significant tree register?

  2. Rosemary,
    'Comments' does not allow me to see your email address, but if you like to contact me at drouinwaresATgmailDOTcom, I can respond directly.
    Basically, many of the trees in the town have been 'audited' for the BBS by an arborist and yes, a tree register has been completed and in the hands of the BBS for inclusion on their assets list.