Site is of uncertain environmental stability
The area is freehold and currently grazed with cropping adjacent to the sites.
The site is on a drainage line 500 m west of the Avoca River at an altitude of 100 m and is part of an alluvial plain sloping slightly to the northeast.
The area has high habitat value due to extensive Open Woodland dominated by a range of sizes of Eucalyptus largiflorens (Black Box) and Eucalyptus camaldulensis (Red Gum) and the proximity of the Avoca River.
Vegetation Description and Composition
This ephemeral wetland is Plains Grassy Wetland EVC, dominated by large Eucalyptus largiflorens (Black Box) and large Eucalyptus camaldulensis (Red Gum). The understorey consists of predominantly members of the Cyperaceae (Sedge) and Juncaceae (Rush) families.
In both quadrats the total number of plant species present has been reduced by 25%. Also the level of abundance has decreased and the amount of leaf litter has increased since monitoring commenced in 1997. All of these changes can be attributed to the continued dry conditions. There are now four salt indicator species present being Critesion marinum (Sea barley grass), Chloris truncata (Windmill grass), Atriplex semibaccata (Berry saltbush) and Lolium spp. (Rye Grass). Only Sea barley grass and Rye grass were recorded in 1997. It is unlikely that salinity is the reason for the increase in salt indicator species, for Windmill grass and Berry Saltbush are commonly found in arid environments and may now be present due to continued dry conditions and from the decrease in competition from introduced species. The only way to know for certain is to perform soil salinity tests.
Fallen timber increases the
habitat value of the site