Mooney’s Dam

Mooney’s Dam at Smythesdale is a Crown land reserve managed by the Ballarat Environment Network and the last site we visited on our August excursion.

A Beaut View

As the tour of BEN reserves continued we had lunch at the Flagstaff Hill lookout reserve on Mt Bute, where there is a panoramic view 360 degree view.


Flagstaff Hill

Part way up to the Flagstaff Hill lookout tower (just out of Linton) is another BEN reserve. It was a gravel reserve and used to be covered in pine trees. Since the pines have been removed the native vegetation is slowly growing back.

Newtown Recreation Reserve

The first site on the tour of some smaller Ballarat Environment Network Reserves for the August excursion began at the Newtown Recreation Reserve. Since we arrived as most of the group had toured the reserve and surrounding bush, here are only a few photos of the plants. There were masses of coral lichen – Cladina confusa .

Official Announcement of Canadian Regional Park

As Field Nats we have a particular interest in this so RSVP today if you want to attend

Phlebopus meltdown

Towards the end of May we noticed a large fungus, Phlebopus marginatus, on the wall of our dam. It was fairly large when we first noticed it but it grew and grew and then finally just melted away.

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Up close with a scented sundew

Scented sundews are looking beautiful after all the rain. This photo was taken in the Brisbane Ranges on Sunday.

Orchids at Enfield

In the 1960’s the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat regarded the “Sandy Patch” at Enfield the best place to find winter-flowering orchids.

The club will visit the Sandy Patch on Tuesday, 16 August, 2016 weather permitting.

Many types of orchid leaves are present and will flower during the next few weeks:








Some orchids are flowering already:

Emerald-lip Greenhood Pterostylis smaragdyna



Nodding Greenhood P.nutans








Wattles are beginning to flower:


Acacia gunnii

Acacia myrtifolia



You Me and Biodiversity talk – kangaroos and wallabies

Finding history in Creswick State Forest

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s excursion which looked at some of the remnants the gold mining days and forestry history. Some of us hadn’t visited/noticed these particular areas before so it was an eye opener. Next time you are out in the forest take a closer look. This forest was very popular on the weekend, with campers, a four wheel driving club, people fishing and looking for gold.