Tag Archives: Ballarat Field Naturalists Club

What is in a name?

Over the years there has been uncertainty in which name is correct for one of the sites we regularly visit. Do we go to Mt Beckwith or Mt Beckworth? At last night’s meeting a copy of a letter was presented that clarified the name to use. The letter written in 1988 was from Dr Jim Willis in response to Helen Burgess, one of our members.

in part it says …

My apologies for having kept you waiting nearly a month for a response to your letter of May 20th, re correa occurrence at Mt. Beckwith – I do think that ought to be accepted as the spelling, since Major Mitchell named the mount after his former military colleague, Col. Thomas Sydney Beckwith; goodness knows who subsequently mis-spelt the name “Beckworth”. Anyway, it’s a great pity that the musical aboriginal name of “Nananook” had not been retained…….

Reviewing the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Glossodia major Wax-lip Orchid

Glossodia major Wax-lip Orchid

The Victorian Government is reviewing the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, a key part of Victoria’s legislative framework for the protection and management of biodiversity.

The Act’s objectives aim to conserve all of Victoria’s native plants and animals. Continue reading

Fifteen Acres Excursion

Mid-month excursion, September 2015
As we gathered at Fifteen Acres photographers were soon on hands and knees to capture the patches of Blunt Greenhood Pterostylis curta with its wide galea and twisted labellum. There were also clumps of Nodding Greenhood Pterostylis nutans. As we ventured further we found a few Small Spider-orchids Caladenia parva. Continue reading

Winter-flowering Orchids

Field Naturalists gathered at Dereel Hall on a fine Sunday morning.  We headed for the bush in Swanson Road to shelter from the cold wind. The sandy soil supported a woodland of Manna Gum Eucalyptus viminalis with a heathy understory. Continue reading

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Blackwood Fungi Excursion

This gallery contains 14 photos.

The Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat visited Blackwood on 7 June 2015 for their annual fungi excursion. Leader Les identified a large variety of fungi for the group. Photos: Val Hocking, Ian Ashton and Ambika Bone

Field Reports June 2015 Meeting

Elspeth  told of a large group of Pretty-mouth Fungi on Mt Hope in Wombat Forest.

Paul’s lemons have been zested again by Ring-tail Possums nibbling off only the lemon peels. Mid-May, he spied a large owl, probably a Powerful Owl judging by its wingspan as it flew away from its vantage point on a grape vine trellis post.

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Field Reports May 2015 Meeting

Peter M sadly described finding an electrocuted Antechinus in his toaster at Enfield.

Crimson Rosellas are enjoying the apples in Margaret T’s front garden at Nerrina. Continue reading

Mt Cole Excursion

We travelled up the Main Mt Cole Road, stopping soon after entering the forest, to look at the large area that has been invaded with agapanthus. It is the largest patch I have seen in a bushland area. At the junction of Main Mt Cole Road and Camp Road we inspected Mount Cole Grevillea Grevillea montis cole growing along a graded road edge. In this wet area the forest of Eurabbie Eucalyptus globulus bicostata and Messmate E. obliqua is tall and straight. Sweet Bursaria Bursaria spinosa was a common shrub and Cut -leaf Daisy Brachyscome multifida crept through the grasses. Continue reading

SEANA Camp 2015

Field Naturalists’ Club of Ballarat hosted the South East Australian Naturalists Association autumn camp at Pax Hill. We had seventy guests from 15 Field Naturalists Clubs around Victoria. Visitors came from Portland, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Timboon, Geelong, Donald, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Broken Creek, Upper Goulburn, FNCV, Ringwood, Latrobe Valley and Sale. With our own members over 80 people were present for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Thanks to all the members that helped in so many ways to put an a great weekend for our visitors. Continue reading

BEN News

The latest newsletter from the Ballarat Environment Network (BEN) is available. As field naturalists  most of us realise that BEN manage about 50 reserves that have great biodiversity values  and we have visited quite a few of them. BEN News

The call out is for more people to consider joining their group and to be on the committee and to attend working bees.  Note that the photo on page 2 of BEN News  is an introduced lily, Amaryllis belladonna not some new mega orchid. It is great to see an article written by Roger Thomas about Hardies Hill.