Excursion to Chepstowe, Snake Valley and Linton areas
Led by John and Elaine Gregurke . 5 November 2017.
By the time we reached Chepstowe the weather was warming and at lunch we sat in calm sunshine at Mag Dam Rec Reserve in Snake Valley. The wildflowers at places visited were magnificent. Our outing ended at the Memorial for the 5 fire fighters tragically killed in the 1998 bushfire near Linton – a very moving visit. Fourteen field naturalists attended the field-trip including Tony from Bendigo club.
Neville Oddie (land owner) chats with club members, with wind farm and turbines behind.
Mr Neville Oddie (OAM and long time conservationist and Aboriginal rights activist) welcomed us and then us showed just some of the many aspects of the property that reveal his exceptional knowledge and dedication to nature conservation issues. Continue reading
Some examples of Photo-Point data – recorded in Aug-Sept 2013 & 2016.
See Map of approximate positions of example sites on last slide.
The 5 examples are drawn from 17 sites recorded by the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat.
Example one – 2016 shows much improved soil cover, with good native herbs and some tree seedlings
Example two – 2016 shows improved soil cover, with good regen of Eucalypts & Blackwood
Example three – 2016 shows heavy invasion of Gorse, English Broom and exotic grasses, with some sedges and Cassinia
Example four: – 2016 shows fair soil cover, with a mixture of weeds (Gorse) and native shrubs (mainly Cassini and a few tree seedlings
Example four: 2016 show good soil cover with mainly Cassinia species and a few Eucs
Many thanks to Colin Hancock of Ballarat Bushwalking and Outdoor Club for help with photography and GPS work. We were able to return to within 1 metre of the marker pegs at 16 of 17 sites, after 3 years.
Photo below shows bushwalkers (BBOC) passing through very weed infested area near powerlines in SE Canadian in 2015. Burgan and English Broom seeding heavily.