One of the most important challenges to coastal rehabilitation is preventing weed spread from domestic residences - coastal dunes are particularly vulnerable to this invasion. If you live close to the beach, you can assist in the valuable work of Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare by controlling and reducing weeds in your garden, and planting local natural coastal vegetation in its place. Doing this will stop your garden accidentally contributing further environmental weeds to this threatened system.
Weeds fail to properly support the animal communities (including birds, insects, reptiles and marsupials) that rely on the coastal diversity of natural plant species; and they eliminate the natural plants that these animals depend upon for food, nesting and shelter. Below are the species of weeds that can be found along the City of Stirling Coastline.
Unfortunately there are over 65 species of weed and invasive plant species that occur along the City of Stirling Coastline. Here is a visual gallery of some the worst.
KNOW YOUR WEEDS AND HELP PREVENT ESCAPEES
(taken from ‘Coastal Plants – Perth and the South-West Region’ Elizabeth Rippey and Barbara Rowland.)
(Compiled by Walter Kolb for Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare -
As known and revised at 20 Feb 2013)