The Site is in a stable environmental condition
Pilchers Bridge is Box-Ironbark forest at an elevation of 310 metres and is now reserved for conservation as a Flora and Fauna Reserve. The entire area was clear felled in the 1930s and the vegetation has been heavily modified by previous clearing and gold exploration activities. The site has moderate habitat value due to its large size and minimal weed invasion.
The area could benefit from some ecological thinning to increase the habitat value of the site. A reduction in the number of stems per hectare would open the site up to let more sunlight through and to allow some of the trees to develop larger diameters.
|Vegetation Description and Composition|
This intact Box-Ironbark Forest site is dominated by Eucalyptus tricarpa (Red Ironbark), Eucalyptus macrorhyncha (Red Stringybark), Eucalyptus polyanthemos (Red Box), Eucalyptus microcarpa (Grey Box) and Eucalyptus leucoxylon (Yellow Gum). The EVC is Box-Ironbark Forest, listed as depleted in the Goldfields Bioregion.
The understorey has a range of Wattles, Heaths, Peas and native grasses. Many Wattle seedlings are still present and have been identified as Acacia acinacea (Gold-dust Wattle).
Compared to previous results, the 2002 survey recorded four less species and the total level of abundance of all species was reduced. The reasons for the changes were the prolonged dry conditions and grazing by kangaroos.
Pilchers Bridge Reserve