On March 4 the Ballarat Field Naturalists traveled down the Bellarine Peninsular. One place we spent some time at was the Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve at St Leonards. An interesting feature of this reserve apart from containing the last remaining stand of coastal woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula, are the salt marsh plants which grown in the intertidal area.
An important part of the salt marsh is the beaded glasswort; the seeds are an essential source of food for the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot. These birds migrate each winter from Tasmania and their numbers are continuing to decline due to loss of habitat and predation from feral animals and competition for their food source from other birds.
A boardwalk allows visitors to walk over the salt marsh with out causing further damage to this fragile ecosystem.