The crown reserve environment is bursting with life as spectacular Spring is here. Plant species are progressively flowering and animal species are preparing for breeding. Many plant species have multiplied due to ideal weather conditions this year.
Early Nancy’s (Wumbea dioica) are flowering and Bulbine Lilies (Bulbine Bulbosa) are bud bursting. The coverage of these two species is extensive across both the grassland and the woodland.
The pond area has some special plants and the frogs are actively spawning. Native grasses have seeded and are looking healthy. Lizards and snakes are emerging in the grassland. Birds are nesting and foraging.
During the next couple of months the Landcare project will engage an ecological consultant to survey the site. This will involve fencing of some plots within the site – these plots will be surveyed in detail and monitored over time.
The project will also arrange treatment of woody weeds and removal of some rubbish. Some piles of wood/branches will be left on the site as habitat for reptiles.
Please keep to the track if you are walking or cycling through the reserve – this will protect both the flora and fauna across the land.
Thanks all for your support.
Note: Watch out for the striped legless lizard.
The crown reserve is a habitat for the striped legless lizard, however, we have not seen any for a couple of years. These lizards are very shy and sadly often killed as they look like baby snakes.
Be aware of the difference between this endangered lizard and snakes – if you see one take a picture (if you can) and let us know you have seen one.
It may resemble a juvenile Brown Snake, but the Striped Legless Lizard is actually a shy, non-venomous critter. From: https://www.bushheritage.org.au/
It measures 30 cm in length and weighs about 9 grams. Its tail is longer than its head and body combined. Many, but not all, have a dark stripe along each side of their grey-to-brown bodies (no juvenile snake in Australia has stripes along its entire body length).
Unlike a snake it has a fleshy, unforked tongue, visible external ears and vestigial legs. This lizard’s legs have disappeared through evolution, leaving a small protrusion where the legs once were. Without legs, the sleek Striped Legless Lizard can move with ease through its grassland environment, and can burrow quickly into the soil
This species lives in native tussock grasslands dominated by Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) or Spear Grass (Austrostipa spp.) They are active in the day time, foraging in grass tussocks and sheltering in soil cracks at the base of grass tussocks and under rocks for rest and protection. They’re thought to have a small home range.