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Contributions to the Spiny Rice-flower Recovery Team

Ecology and Heritage Partners | Spiny Rice-flower Pimelea spinescens ssp. spinescens, and Members of the Pimelea spinescens Recovery Team with Ecology and Heritage Partners staff (far left) Matt Hatton, Senior Botanist and Sandra Mijatovic (Botanist) (5th left)
Photos: Spiny Rice-flower Pimelea spinescens ssp. spinescens, and Members of the Pimelea spinescens Recovery Team with Ecology and Heritage Partners staff (far left) Matt Hatton, Senior Botanist and Sandra Mijatovic (Botanist) (5th left)

Two of our botanists, Matt Hatton and Sandra Mijatovic are the Ecology and Heritage Partners representatives on the Spiny Rice-flower Pimelea spinescens spp. spinescens Recovery Team (PsRT).  Our team actively participates in pro bono activities, attend regular PsRT meetings and contribute to the research of this critically endangered species.

Over the past few years, our staff have contributed to the understanding of the species ecology, it's distribution and population size, and key conservation initiatives and outcomes.

The photo above is of our staff with other Recovery Team members on a site visit to Cressy-Shelford Road, Cressy, where an extant population of the species exists along a roadside reserve supporting remnant Plains Grassland.

Other PsRT activities our staff participate in include: attending regular meetings, siting and mapping of the species through field work, contributing to the research of the species through their current projects and recommending measures for the protection of the species.

What is a Spiny Rice-Flower?

'The Spiny Rice-flower is a small native shrub that is only found in the clay soils of Victoria's basalt plains. It is a critically endangered species under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and is mostly found in grassland remnants on roadsides, rail reserves, cemeteries, airports and also on private properties throughout western Victoria.


Photo: Spiny Rice-flower Pimelea spinescens ssp. spinescens.


About the Spiny Rice-flower Recovery Team

In 2005, a Pimelea Conservation Trust Fund was set up to protect Spiny Rice-flower.  A $1,000,000 fund through an agreement with a private developer and Trust for Nature (Victoria) the trustee for the Fund, was establish to contribute to conservation activities for the species.

Each year a group of representatives from local, State and Federal governments encourage project applications for the species and the following activities have been funded to date:

 

  • Management of two reserves (Altona Nature Conservation Reserve and Pimelea Nature Conservation Reserve) which contain the Spiny Rice-flower
  • The examination of the species genetic diversity and population structure by the Royal Botanical Gardens. This is helping to set conservation activities to help the species and ensure Spiny Rice-flower’s long-term survival
  • Preparation of a revised Spiny Rice-flower Recovery Plan
  • Pimelea Conservation Officer to manage the Pimelea Conservation Trust and Pimelea spinescens Recovery team
  • Assessment of all the Spiny Rice-flower salvage and translocations carried out to date, and ways to improve future translocation activities
  • A Spiny Rice-flower monitoring protocol

 

The Recovery Plan members have produced several documents on the species over the past few years and these include:

  • Review of Spiny Rice-flower Translocations in Victoria
  • Guidelines for monitoring Pimelea spinescens
  • A Spiny Rice-flower monitoring protocol
  • Long term monitoring of Pimelea Spinescens subsp.spinescens in Victoria
  • Pimelea Spinescens monitoring field sheet

 

Contact

For further information, assistance and advice from members of our natural heritage team please contact us on 03 9377 0100 or enquire@ehpartners.com.au.







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