2012-13 Sea Spurge Grant

A Caring for our Country Community Action Grant of $18,100 has been awarded to the CPRRA to assist the community to contain the Sea Spurge weed from our beaches.

Sea Spurge is an invasive weed that is progressively working it’s way along the Bass Coast. Working bees and commercial spraying will be carried out at key times during the period until Jun-2013. Click on the title above to read more and find out how you can help.

Sea Spurge displaces many native species, rapidly becoming a dense monospecific colony consequently adversely affecting native fauna habitat (e.g. hooded plovers that nest in open sand spits) and changing the shape of the dunes. Sea Spurge changes the aesthetic qualities of the area. There is risk of personal harm from exposure to this toxic weed.

This project will enhance and protect Coastal Dune Scrub Mosaic (one of the ecological vegetation classes) by removing Sea Splurge from the dunes, by hand pulling and spraying, and revegetate with indigenous species. The project will start in the New Year and the activities to be undertaken include:

  • Map the extent of Sea Splurge invasion in our area
  • Plan and coordinate weed management strategy
  • Educate for safe work practices for volunteers with this toxic weed
  • Employ two methods of weed control:
  • Hand pulling in minimal invasion areas at community volunteer working bees
  • Contracted herbicide spraying of larger areas. Revegetation with indigenous plants.
  • Improve community awareness, encourage participation in management by our volunteers and wider community.
  • Photo monitoring and follow up weeding
  • The grant funds were extended in Oct-2012 following the presentation of a $1,500 Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Gift Fund Award. These funds will be used follow profession weed contractors to spray sea spurge regrowth in Spring 2013.

Sea Spurge – Euphorbia paralias

Plant size: From seed to 70cm tall

Stem: Smooth and fleshy, changes from green to bright red and woody with age

Flowering: Specialised cup-shaped flowerheads

Learn to recognise what Sea Spurge looks like – click on the image to see an enlargement
Learn to recognise what Sea Spurge looks like – click on the image to see an enlargement

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