Many of our local landcarers have been getting out and enjoying the spring wildflowers.
Members of the Kinglake and Strath Creek landcare groups recently participated in a walk along Upper King Parrot Creek Rd in Strath Creek.
This road is part of our Ribbons of Remnant Roadsides project and has been identified by UGLN and the Murrindindi Shire as being of high conservation significance due to the quality of the roadside vegetation.
The walk was led by botanist Geordie Scott-Walker from ABZECO and we observed many wildflowers and orchids including Golden Moths, Milkmaids and Bulbine and Chocolate lilies.
Another walk was held at Wallaby Springs Reserve in Kinglake West where the Stony Creek meets the King Parrot Creek. We saw many native shrubs in flower including the rare Round-leaf Pomaderris and Silky Goodia.
The group also took the opportunity to record bird species at the reserve for the October Backyard Bird Count. We observed 24 species including Lyrebirds, Golden Whistler, Gang Gang Cockatoo and Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo.
These two events were sponsored by funding from Landcare Australia and the State Government Threatened Species Initiative.