Sea Spurge Project

Sea Spurge (Euphorbia Paralias) is an invasive weed originating in the northern hemisphere.  Spurge has spread along the southern Australian coastline from New South Wales to southern Western Australia.  Many beaches at the Prom are infested with this weed.

Sea Spurge out-competes native vegetation and changes dune habitats in coastal environments.  Spurge infestations can have a detrimental effect on the breeding and nesting habitat of the threatened Hooded Plover (Thinornis Rubricollis).

In 2018, and again in 2019, we were fortunate to recieve a Victorian Government CoastCare grant to eradicate Sea Spurge at Squeaky Beach.  The grant pays for professional weed spraying, which is followed up with volunteer hand weeding of any residual plants and regrowth.  This method has been proven to effectively remove Sea Spurge along 650k of coastline in south western Tasmania. After two years of working at Squeaky Beach, we have made excellent progress but there is still more to do.

 

As we have progressed parts of Squeaky have received more attention than others. So far area 1, 2 & 3a are most advanced being sprayed and hand weeded twice in the past year. Area 3b less so, 5 and 6 yet to be started.

Join us in 2020 as we continue with this ambitious project to remove Sea Spurge from Prom beaches.

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