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Translocation of Threatened Plants workshop

Workshop details

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday 27 and 28 March 2012

Venue: Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton ACT

Workshop report

ANPC’s 2012 Canberra Translocation Workshop was attended by around 40 participants from the ACT, NSW and Qld. Participants enjoyed a range of networking opportunities and left with a sound understanding of the role of translocation in the conservation of threatened plants.  

Day 1 – Theory & lessons learnt from local case studies

Bob Makinson and Tricia Hogbin, authors of the ANPC Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants, opened the workshop with an overview of the theory. Topics covered included introduction to translocation and deciding whether to translocate; and pre-translocation assessment, planning & preparation.

A selection of local experts and practitioners then presented translocation case studies.

Walking beneath a grand old Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora) in the North Watson Woodlands

John Briggs, from the Office of Environment and Heritage(NSW), highlighted lessons learnt during translocation projects for two threatened grevilleas: the Wee Jasper Grevillea & Tumut Grevillia. On day two of the workshop, John lead a tour of the North Watson Woodland (shown above) where a rehabilitation project is underway for the endangered Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland. Lessons learnt from this project are similar lessons to those resulting from the endangered grevillea translocations, including that plantings need to occur across multiple habitat types and also across multiple years to maximise chances of success.

Endangered grassland daisy Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides

Andrew Young, from the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, spoke about integrating genetic & demographic data into translocation planning for Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides. Participants visited two populations of this endangered grassland daisy (shown above) on day two of the workshop, where Andrew discussed the implications of his long-term research for planning restoration and translocation projects, including that we may in some cause be too cautious about not mixing populations.

Chris Howard, from the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, presented an overview of Orchid translocations associated with the Bulahdelah bypass and Rainer Rehwinkel from the Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW) then spoke about Translocation of the Aromatic Peppercress (Lepidium hyssopifolium) in the Southern Tablelands.

Pine Island ACT - site of a translocation project for the endangered shrub Muehlenbeckia tuggeranong  Tuggeranong Lignum

Greg Baines, from the ACT Government, presented the final case study, highlighting lessons learnt from translocation projects for a range of threatened plant species in the ACT, including the Tuggeranong Lignum (Muehlenbeckia tuggeranong), which we were lucky enough to see in situ on day 2 of the workshop in its precarious riparian habitat (shown above).

Simon Nally from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, spoke about assisted colonisation. There has been a recent increase in discussions surrounding the use of assisted colonisation (also called assisted migration and managed relocation) to assist species to adapt to climate change induced habitat change, so it was great to have Simon talk about the policy changes required to facilitate such translocations.

Day 1 closed with a workshop activity where participants were able to test some of their new found knowledge and learn from the experience of other participants.

Day 2 – Field Trip

On day two of the workshop participants enjoyed a field trip.

David Taylor talking about a translocation project for the Small Purple-Pea Swainsona recta

First stop was the Australian National Botanic Gardens nursery facilities, where nursery staff, including David Taylor seen above, highlighted the nursery’s phytosanitary processes. We also heard about a selection of translocation projects for threatened flora, including for Swansona recta.

Greg Baines providing an overview of the translocation project for the endangered shrub Muehlenbeckia tuggeranong  Tuggeranong Lignum

Second stop was Pine Island, where Greg Bains took us on a tour of one of the translocation recipient sites for the Tuggeranong Lignum. Greg highlighted lessons learnt, including the importance of being able to manage original threatening processes if translocation is to succeed.

We then visited two translocation sites for Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides and the North Watson Woodland as discussed above.

Further Information:

Workshop flyer
Workshop program
Additional workshop photographs

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This workshop was held with the assistance of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.