The Grantville Nature Conservation Reserve was impacted by bushfire early in February this year. As far as can be determined, no lives or homes were lost, thankfully. The reserve is a bit of a personal favourite for some coastal trees, shrubs, birds and orchids.
The fire burnt through a large proportion of the reserve right down to the Bass Highway.
|Bass Highway. Credit ABC News 190203|
The coastal forest habitat is a precious resource that is quickly disappearing through urbanization and agricultural practices.
|A disappearing landscape - Grantville NCR|
|Grass Tree, Xanthorrhoea sp, with intact skirt of dead foliage on one side of the track|
|Grass Trees in the fireground minus their 'skirts' on the opposite side of the track.|
The resilience of the Australian bush is evident by the elements of recovery that is occurring in the reserve, just over one month after the event. It will be interesting to see the effect next spring on some of the orchid beds, etc.
|Recovery already underway with epicormic shoots beginning to appear.|
|Lignotubers too - all is not lost.|
Bracken and various grasses/herbs were beginning to appear in some spots. A couple of large moss beds were damaged but small patches of green moss appears to have survived. Banksia cones were open on some very burnt trees and in places the ash beds were littered with seed cones of She-oaks.
Ain't Nature grand?