We are improving the management of high value conservation sites in Canberra’s urban area but outside formal nature reserves. The ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna has recommended improvements to the way we manage these sites, with the aim of protecting habitat, biodiversity and water quality.
As part of this, we are installing bollards to mark the location of these sites. The green vertical bollards with the words ‘Conservation Area’ identify areas that need special management to protect them. If you see these bollards, please ensure that you treat the area with extra care, whether performing maintenance or simply walking through.
Conservation areas include:
- Native grass sites - These sites require a different management approach to the surrounding general urban open space, such as limited mowing, intermittent burn offs and intensive weed control. The bollards are located around the perimeter of the site to inform mower operators which areas to avoid when conducting their regular mowing program of the surrounding area.
- Cultural heritage sites - These areas have significant cultural values including indigenous heritage. The bollards help protect these sites by informing mowers and other contractors that the area has conservation value and care should be taken while working in the area.
- Lakes and pond foreshores - These areas have significant habitat values for native birds and frogs as well as improving water quality. Expanding the unmown area immediately surrounding our lakes and ponds increases wildlife habitat, stabilises the embankments and also improves filtration of runoff entering the ponds.
We began installing these bollards in 2016 in the highest value conservation areas and we will continue to install bollards across all sites over the coming years. For further information please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.