Last week it was interesting to visit a new subdivision on the edge of Bacchus Marsh, called Stone Hill. Having seen the site before work started, there have been big changes as paddocks give way to houses. All that was present in 2011 was a vast array of weeds, a few remnants of native grass and some wattles and eucalypts.
In what would have been grassland before settlement, there was also small dam in the paddock and during the planning for the subdivision, ecologists heard a growling grass frog. The newly landscaped ponds should provide great frog habitat and some more common frogs have already moved in. It will be interesting to see if a growler reappears.
The remnant that was present in 2011 and included a big patch of kangaroo grass, seems a bit worse for wear after all the works but the wattles and some grasses live on surrounded by new landscaping.
Amy Hahs from ARCUE gave an interesting presentation last Friday via webinar, about the multiple benefits of incorporating biodiversity into city living. Much more attention is being paid on how to include more opportunities for people to interact with nature and the subdivision at Stone Hill is evidence of this. You may be interested in this link to a paper on ‘Four ways to reduce the loss of native plants and animals from our cities and towns or to a presentations on healthy cities.