Watson Woodlands Working Group

The Watson Community Association has been working on parkland restoration on the urban fringe of the suburb for over 15 years.

Contact Details:

Woodlands Convenor
Richard Larson
Telephone: (02) 6241 3024

Documents:

Watson Woodlands History
The history behind the establishment of the Justice Robert Hope Park and the Watson Woodlands Working Group is documented

Site assessment minus Appendix
This document, dating from November 2006, is a Site Assessment and Agreed Works Plan for the Justice Robert Hope Park in Watson. All areas of Urban Open Space where the custodian is the ACT government must have an agreed works plan. The plan was initiated by Watson Community Association Inc. Drafts prepared by the Woodlands Working Group (WWG) have been amended following input from members of the North Watson Woodland Reserve Management Committee and other interested parties. It sets out general management objectives, and specific management objectives and major actions for the reserve as well as actions and timetables for plan implementation. Appendix 4, which is presents results of bird surveys from transects in the reserve from 2004 to 2006 is not included in the document at this stage.

COG on Watson Woodlands
This document, produced by Canberra Ornithologists Group was produced in support of the Watson Woodlands as a Woodland Habitat. Appendix B includes a survey of birds which might be observed in the vicinity of the Watson Woodlands, and helped to mount a case for the preservation of the area as part of the Urban Open Space network.

Gilles Report Executive Summary
This is the executive summary produced from the ‘Gilles Report’, the major policy document used to demonstrate the ecological values of the North Watson Woodland, and the case for its preservation. The report was commissioned by the Watson Community Association and presented in June 2000.

Gilles Report on Watson Woodlands
This is the full transcript of the ‘Gilles Report’, the major policy document used to demonstrate the ecological values of the North Watson Woodland, and the case for its preservation. The report was commissioned by the Watson Community Association and presented in June 2000. The images were missing from the archived digital material and cannot be included, however the text is complete. A photocopy of the original report has been archived with some images.

It’s hotting up for reptiles
This document includes an excerpt from the Canberra Times (19 January 2009) entitled It’s hotting up for reptiles, written by Arthur Georges, Professor for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra. It outlines the effect of higher temperatures and climate change on sex-reversal of bearded dragons and other reptiles in the ACT. A number of bearded dragons have been observed throughout Justice Robert Hope Park in spring 2008 and summer 2009. It is critical that breeding habitat for reptiles in the park is maintained and enhanced to buffer ongoing climactic effects.

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Updated 14 July 2012

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