Friday, May 9, 2014

Plants and vegetation structure of Ground Parrot habitat

Ken Newbey listing plants in site 232 on 11th October 1986

As part of the 1985-87 Biological Survey of the Fitzgerald area, Ken Newbey, the survey botanist, completed one of his plotless surveys within a site where Ground Parrots had been found during this survey. The vegetation site was numbered 232, and was near location 35 on the map in the last blog posting. This location was at that time Vacant Crown Land, north of the Fitzgerald River National Park. As can be seen in the photo, the vegetation is low heathland. There are scattered low mallee, and some emergent shrubs, but the densest layer of vegetation is from 0.1 to 0.5 metres above ground - within easy reach of a Ground Parrot, a bird that walks much more than it flies. Ken found a total of 139 different plant species within this site. Sedges and sedge-like plants form approximately as much of the ground cover as flowering plants.

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