Riddells Creek Excursion

Ballarat field naturalists at Conglomerate Gully

Plants List observed during excursion of Field Naturalist Club of Ballarat, 3 November 2019.

Scientific name Common nameConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Acacia genistifoliaSpreading Wattle
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Acacia mearnsiiLate Black WattleConglomerate Gully
Acacia paradoxaHedge WattleConglomerate Gully
Acacia strictaHop WattleConglomerate Gully
Acacia verticillataPrickly MosesConglomerate Gully
Acaena echinataSheep’s burr
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Acaena novae-zelandiaeBidgee widgeeConglomerate Gully
Acrotriche serrulataHoneypotsConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Adiantum aethiopicumMaidenhairConglomerate Gully
Aira caryophylleaSilvery hair grass
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Amyema pendulaDrooping mistletoeConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Arthropodium strictumChocolate lilyConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Asperula scopariaPrickly WoodruffConglomerate Gully
Astroloma humifusumCranberry heathConglomerate Gully
Billardiera mutabilisCommon Apple-berry
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Bossiaea prostrataCreeping Bossiaea
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Bracteantha viscosaSticky everlastingConglomerate Gully
*Briza maximaLarge quaking grassConglomerate Gully
Brunonia australisBlue PincushionConglomerate Gully
Burchardia umbellataMilkmaidsConglomerate Gully
Bursaria spinosaSweet bursariaConglomerate Gully
Calochilus robertsoniiPurplish Beard-orchidConglomerate Gully
Cassinia longifolia Shiny CassiniaConglomerate Gully
Cassytha glabellaSlender Dodder-laurel
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Cheilanthes austrotenuifoliaRock FernConglomerate Gully
Chiloglottis validaCommon Bird-orchidConglomerate Gully
Clematis aristataMountain Clematis
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Comesperma volubileLove CreeperConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Correa reflexaCommon correa
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Coronidium scorpioides Button EverlastingConglomerate Gully
Daviesia leptophyllaNarrow-leaf Bitter-peaConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Dianella revoluta Black-anther Flax-lilyConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Dichondra repensKidneyweedConglomerate Gully
Dillwynia sericeaShowy Parrot-peaConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Diuris sulphureaTiger OrchidConglomerate Gully
Drosera auriculataTall SundewConglomerate Gully
Eucalyptus divesBroad-leaved PeppermintConglomerate Gully
Eucalyptus obliquaMessmateConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Eucalyptus radiataNarrow-leaved Peppermint
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Exocarpos cupressiformisCherry Ballarat
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Gahnia radulaThatch Saw-sedge
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Galium gaudichaudiiRough bedstrawConglomerate Gully
Goodenia ovataHop GoodeniaConglomerate Gully
Hardenbergia violaceaPurple Coral-pea
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Hydrocotyle hirtaHairy PennywortConglomerate Gully
Hypericum gramineumSmall St.John’s WortConglomerate Gully
Leucochrysum albicans Hoary SunrayConglomerate Gully
Lomandra filiformisWattle mat rushConglomerate Gully
Lomandra longifolia Spiny-headed Mat-rushConglomerate Gully
Microlaena stipoidesWeeping GrassConglomerate Gully
Microceras walteriYam daisy, MurnongConglomerate Gully
Olearia argophylla Musk Daisy-bush
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Olearia lirataSnowy Daisy-bush
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Ozothamnus obcordatusGrey Everlasting
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Pelargonium rodneyanum Magenta Stork’s-billConglomerate Gully
Pimelea humilisCommon rice flowerConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Poa sieberianaGrey Tussock-grass Conglomerate Gully
Pomaderis asperaHazel PomaderisConglomerate Gully
Poranthera microphyllaSmall PorantheraConglomerate Gully
Senecio glomeratusAnnual fireweedConglomerate Gully
Senecio odoratus Scented GroundselConglomerate Gully
Solenogyne dominiiHairy Bottle-daisyConglomerate Gully
Stylidium armeria subsp pilosifoliumHairy-leaf Trigger-plantConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Thysanotus patersoniiTwining fringe-lily
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Triptilodiscus pygmaeusDwarf (Common) SunrayConglomerate Gully
Viola betonicifoliaShowy violet
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Viola hederaceaIvy-leaf violet
Gap Rd, Riddells Crk
Wurmbea dioicaEarly nancyConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Xanthorrhoea australisAustral Grass-treeConglomerate GullyGap Rd, Riddells Crk
Leucochrysum albicans Hoary Sunray
Stylidium armeria subsp pilosifolium Hairy-leaf Trigger Plant

Making Room for Nature in Our Urban Future

Our land is becoming more urbanised as more houses, roads and infrastructure is built to accommodate a growing population. Developments eat into the remaining native vegetation remnants. The challenge is to make these urban areas liveable and although some wildlife disappears, there areas are hotspots for other species.  Dr Amy Hahs, an urban ecologist, spoke at our October meeting about ‘Making Room for Nature in our Urban Future’. Amy is a specialist consultant who works on a diverse range of projects to develop green, healthy cities and towns, and conserve resilient ecosystems.

Urban development on previously degraded land

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October Excursion

Scarsdale – Enfield area, Sunday October 6 2019

Our day started at with a tour of building progress at our hosts Peter and Emily’s property ‘Lilwarre’, set in eucalypt woodland amid a carpet of spring flowers.

Golden Bush-pea was flowering prominently throughout, with some Narrow-leaf Bitter-pea. Small Spider-orchid, Waxlip, Leopard Orchid, Nodding Greenhood, Tall Greenhood, Maroon-hood, Common Bird-orchid, Small Gnat-orchid and leaves of several other species yet to flower. Rabbit-ear Orchids were just opening. Emily told us that the orchid list on their 40 acres is 50 species, a remarkable total indeed.

Brachyscome decipiens

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Flowering now in Creswick Regional Park

If you have a spare few hours it is worth a trip to Creswick Regional Park. Here is a selection of flowers that are out in the area near Eaton’s Dam.  Only a breached stone wall remains of the dam and rainbow trout may be seen circling in the creek that flows through the broken wall.

We heard a Sacred Kingfisher make its kek, kek, kek, call near the bridge on Jackass Road and there were severasl skinks enjoying the sunshine. Bossiaea buxifolia, Matted Bossiaea, which we saw on an excursion earlier in the year, is covered with yellow flowers and makes a very pretty ground cover.

Take care if walking away from the many and varied tracks and roads, as there are quite a few deep holes, some filled with people’s discarded rubbish. The area also has a few historic water races. Given all the activity that took place during the gold rush era the native vegetation has made a remarkable recovery.

Ballarat Gardens for Wildlife

At our October meeting where Amy Hahs spoke about ‘Making Room for Nature in our Urban Future’ she also mentioned a new program that is about to be trialed in Ballarat.

Gardens for Wildlife is a free program designed to support local residents to provide wildlife friendly habitat in their gardens. This community based program began in 2005 as a partnership between the Knox City Council and Know Environment Society aims to encourage and recognise the benefits of wildlife-friendly gardens and environment-friendly practices in urban areas. Many Councils now support the program.

Long-nosed Lycid Beetle

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SEANA Autumn visit to Port Fairy

The South East Australian Naturalist Association (SEANA)  Autumn gathering was held in  Port Fairy on Saturday 23 March 2019. Part of these events always include tours to area of local natural interest. One guided tour covered aspects of the geology, natural history and history of Griffiths Island, Port of Port Fairy. Excursion notes and follow up research by iur club member Andy Arnold.

Griffiths Island

Some of our club members attended the SEANA meeting at Port Fairy before continuing to the FNCB autumn camp at Apollo Bay. On Saturday morning the Hamilton Field Naturalists Club provided a very interesting tour of the coastline including features of the Port infrastructure with a guided walk around Griffiths Island. The excursion was ably led by HFNC member Diane Luhrs who focussed on the intertidal zone and was assisted by Rod Bird who identified the bird species.

Basalt shoreline of Griffiths Island showing Halocene sand deposits and marram grass covered dunes.

We gathered near the causeway to the island at 9.30 am for a 10.00 am departure. Between these times we had the opportunity to look at an excellent small display in the rotunda at the start of the causeway which interpreted features of the island especially its geology. Diane provided us an overview of our walk and the essential safety aspects we needed to observe. Continue reading

Long Point’s fascinating flora

Long Point Flora Reserve on Gillies Road near Creswick,  is so pretty at the moment with an understory of Common Beard-heath and Pink -Bells against the the white trunks of the Candlebarks. Well worth a quick midweek visit.

Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary Excursion

Our August club excursion was held on Sunday 4th at Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary (located in Happy Valley near Linton) and was well supported by nineteen club members in generally fine weather. We gathered at the Clare Miller Environment Centre from where we started our exploration during the mid-morning after a brief introduction to the Sanctuary by Emily Noble who is now the Coordinator of the Bird Sanctuary for BirdLife Australia.

Ballarat Field Naturalists beginning their tour

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Flowering this week at Mt Beckworth

A trip to Mt Beckworth near Clunes on Saturday was rewarded with Wax-lips, Nodding Greenhoods and Golden Moth orchids and several species of small flora that are often overlooked.

Scarlet sundews are about to flower and there is a carpet of thousands of pale sundews, with many of the scented sundews well and truly finished and turning black. The highlight was probably seeing a pair of musk lorikeets emerging from their nesting hollow. It was a pleasant surprise to see so much water in the dams.


Camera Trapping in the Brisbane Ranges National Park

At our September meeting Colin Cook, Friends of the Brisbane Ranges , spoke about camera traps and their use in the Brush-tailed Phascogale monitoring program in the Brisbane Ranges National Park.

Colin started his presentation by outlining his involvement in wildlife survey through many different associations. He has developed his knowledge and skills in camera equipment and their application to surveys and has a business selling cameras and accessories.

In his survey work he has links with the Moorabool Landcare Network, the Friends of the Brisbane Ranges (18 years), and the Geelong Field Naturalists Club and he is also employed as education support at Wyndham Central Secondary College where the students have been involved in the camera monitoring and a nest box project. Continue reading