10 July 2012

NEWS: Translocation for the Aromatic Peppercress near Gundaroo, NSW

Gundaroo Nature Reserve volunteer planting (6) 
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Senior Threatened Species Officer Rainer Rehwinkel was delighted with the efforts of everyone who planted endangered Aromatic Peppercress at Mcleods Creek Nature Reserve in late April.

Mr Rehwinkel said seedlings were planted in weather perfect for the plants but not as comfortable for the volunteers and staff from OEH, CSIRO, and the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG).

“Twenty of us worked in rain, hail, chill and occasional sunshine without complaint and we successfully planted 360 Lepidium hyssopifolium seedlings grown at a Bathurst nursery.

“On the advice of ecologists Sue McIntyre and the OEH’s John Briggs, we planted in both grasslands and the grassy woodlands at the reserve, and we will now monitor their success.

“This planting may be critical to the survival of Aromatic peppercress, which was once common in eastern Australia, but there are now only two known natural populations, both in NSW,” Mr Rehwinkel said.