Beach scrub helps keep our coasts in shape – literally. Vegetation like beach scrub is vital to:
- Stabilise coastal landscapes and beach dunes, to prevent erosion
- Act as a wind break
- Provide habitat for animals, including a number of threatened species
Beach scrub is a common term for vegetation categorised as Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thickets. It features many different trees, scrubs, vines, ferns and mosses. Patches of beach scrub occur within a few kilometres of the coast, near estuaries or on islands.
Less than 30% of its original extent remains on the east coast of Australia. Much of it has been cleared to make way for buildings and beach access, or reduced by farming, fire and natural disturbances. This ecological community is listed as critically endangered under the Australian Government’s EPBC Act.
FBA has been working with the community to map out remnants of beach scrub in our region, so we can help promote its wise management. We also support local volunteer groups to protect and restore patches through weeding and fencing. Local priority sites include:
- Big Dune (Farnborough Beach)
- Lammermoor Beach
- Fisherman’s Beach (Emu Park)
You can join efforts to protect beach scrub. Learn more about getting involved in local volunteer actions.