have observed the premature death of many Banksias and heath-sized
Angophoras that EPPs depend upon for nectar and pollen over the
past 2018-2019 year in nthe bushland areas I have been surveying.
I have recorded the GPS locations of many of these recently dead
shrubs. These premature deaths occur:
- Across all
species of Banksia and dwarf Angophoras in the heathy-scrubby
- Across Banksias
of all ages, but being particularly noticeable with the young
when surrounded by green suvivors.
- Not only
along tracks but also deep in undisturbed habitat areas, ruling
out Phytophthora as a cause.
I have taken
many photos and GPS locations to illustrate:
Chase National Park - Ryland Trail area: Angophora crassifolia
(ROTAPS species restricted to Terry Hills area) NB another
recently dead one clearly visible way over in the middle of the
undisturbed Coastal Upland Swamp.
Bushland: Banksia serrata (left), Banksia ericifolia
(middle and right)