Approved NSW and National Recovery Plan for the Grevillea beadleana

Threatened Species Unit, North East Branch
New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation, 2004
ISBN: 174122 135 8

Foreword

The New South Wales Government established a new environment agency on 24 September 2003, the Department of Environment and Conservation, which incorporates the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. Responsibility for the preparation of Recovery Plans now rests with this new department.

This document constitutes the formal New South Wales State Recovery Plan for the Grevillea beadleana and considers the conservation requirements of the species across its known range. It identifies the actions to be taken to ensure the long-term viability of the species in nature and the parties who will undertake these actions.

The Grevillea beadleana is included as Endangered on the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, and Endangered on the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Grevillea beadleana is a single-stemmed spreading shrub up to 2.5 m high and 2 m wide. Grevillea beadleana is known from four disjunct localities in northern NSW, including the Binghi region to the north of Torrington, above the Macleay gorges escarpment near Enmore, the Guy Fawkes River National Park north of Ebor and the Chambigne Nature Reserve south-west of Grafton. Grevillea beadleana was previously known last century from near Walcha, however, despite searches, it has not been relocated in this area.

The future recovery actions detailed in this Recovery Plan include: (i) surveys; (ii) research; (iii) habitat protection; (iv) threat abatement and management; and (v) community awareness.

It is intended that this Recovery Plan will be implemented over a five year period. Actions will be undertaken by the New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation.

[signed]
TONY FLEMING
Acting Director-General

[signed]
BOB DEBUS MP
Minister for the Environment

Acknowledgments

This Recovery Plan was prepared by Dr Caroline Gross of University of New England and Andrew Steed of New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation, with assistance from members of the Grevillea beadleana Recovery Team. The Recovery Team comprised Dr Caroline Gross and Andrew Steed together with Rachel Bailey and Danny Corcoran and Peter Croft of New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation and private landholders Barry and Leonie McWhinney. This document has substantially revised the original Recovery Plan prepared by John Benson of the Royal Botanic Gardens, and his contribution in preparing that plan is greatly appreciated. Andrew Leys reviewed and edited the Recovery Plan, providing valuable input.

Research undertaken in the last three years has been supported by the Biodiversity Group, Environment Australia's Endangered Species Program, University of New England and by the former New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service (now the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation). Data on the ecology and distribution of the species were collected by Dr Caroline Gross and University of New England students J. Streat, J.A. Smith and J. Durbin, working under permit number A1712. Additional data w as gathered by P. Gilmour, M. Dwyer, D. Redman, D. Hardman, P. Croft and A. Steed of New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation. Field assistance provided by P. Lisle, L. Copeland, J. Williams, K. McGregor and F. Quinn of University of New England, D. Mackey, D. Corcoran and A. Prior of New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation, and N. Taws is gratefully acknowledged. J.A. Smith and P. Lisle helped to maintain the glasshouse collection of Grevillea beadleana.

Sarah Caldwell (Mole Creek Nursery) is thanked for providing cultivated specimens of Grevillea beadleana and for sharing her propagation methods which, along with suggestions from W. Sheather Quinn of University of New England, provided the basis for future research. Anne Blaxland-Fuad, Katrina McKay and Simon Ferrier of New South Wales Department of Environment and Conservation are thanked for assisting with the modelling. Neville Fenton, Alex Floyd, Greg Roberts and John Williams are thanked for sharing their knowledge of Grevillea beadleana. David Mackay is thanked for the drawing of Grevillea beadleana on page 4 and Dr Caroline Gross for the use of the University of New Englands laboratory and glasshouses. Tina Woolfe is thanked for providing the cover drawing.

Mr Barry McWhinney, owner of the property Grevillea Downs in the Binghi area north of Torrington kindly allowed continued access to his property to undertake ecological research and distribution surveys. Without the support of Mr McWhinney and his family, the knowledge of Grevillea beadleana would not have advanced.