Tag Archives: Field Naturalists

What is moss is that?

A great new book was launched on the weekend at Castlemaine, Mosses of dry forests in south eastern Australia. It was interesting to see the number of people who turned up to see a book launched about such an overlooked group of plants, but then there are a lot of people with a passionate interest in the environment in the Castlemaine area. Continue reading



Bendigo hosted the South East Australian Naturalsits Association spring camp from 17-20 August. Evening meals and guest speakers were held in the Mandurang Hall on the south eastern edge of Bendigo. Continue reading

Werribee Gorge

Werribee Gorge Excursion                                  Sunday 8th July 2012

The frosty morning cleared to a sunny day as 11 field nats joined leaders Elspeth  and Paul  at Ballan. We drove along Ingleston Road and parked at the rail crossing. A flock of Crimson Rosellas flew off as a train to Ballarat passed.

Our first walk was along the Western Bluff track on the southern edge of Werribee gorge State Park. Continue reading

Enfield State Park

Enfield State Park is one of the largest conservation reserves in the region. Several unsealed,  all-weather roads transect the area and provide scenic drives particularly in spring.


25 km south of Ballarat on the Colac-Ballarat Road C146. VicRoads 76 E6. Turn right into Misery Creek Road and proceed approximately 3 km to Surface Point picnic area. It is also accesslibe from the Sebastopol-Smythesdale Road by turning left into State Forest Road.

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Mt. Beckworth Scenic Reserve

The Reserve contains granite outcrops surrounded by sandy soil which supports open woodland with a wide range of spring flowering orchids. The 635 metre summit gives good views in all directions.


35 km north of Ballarat, 8 km west of Clunes. VicRoads 58 D7. Follow the Ballarat-Maryborough Road C287 north past Miners Rest. In 3 km turn into Coghills Creek Road; 3 km past Coghills Creek turn right into Fentons Road for 4 km and then turn left into Mountain Creek Road which leads to the Reserve.

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Our Beauglehole Herbarium Finds a New Home

an example of a herbarium specimen

Cut-leaf Goodenia

Many years ago the Ballarat Field Naturalists received a duplicate herbarium from Cliff Beauglehole from his collection in the Ballarat area. A herbarium is a collection of preserved plant specimens which may be whole plants or plant parts that have been dried and mounted on paper or card. They are a very useful reference for what grows in particular areas.

Born 1920 Cliff Beauglehole started collecting plant specimens in his teens. He was a noted plant collector and naturalist and travelled widely around Victoria identifying plants, insects, mosses and algae to name a few of his interests. During his travels he was often accompanied by local naturalists. Some of our club members accompanied him when he was in the Ballarat area.

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