FIELD TRIPS - Activities/Excursions
A friendly bunch of people from Bungalook Nursery go on activities/field
trips (excursions) "outside" the normal nursery work to various sites around Victoria.
Here are some examples of these
Lake Mountain plateau, beyond Marysville, undulates between 1330m and 1490m with ash forests, rainforest gullies and unique sub-alpine plant communities.
In late December/January purple mint bushes and white daisy bushes line the forest road at lower levels and the tiny sky lilies and pratias form mats
in the boggy grasses around Echo Flat. Trigger plants were flowering in their thousands.
Now granted National Heritage Listing, this part of the Mornington Peninsula was closed to the public for more than 100 years.
Built in 1882, and still in service until the end of World War Two, Fort Nepean's guns fired only two shots,
which were supposed to be the first in the world to be fired in World War 1 !
It was interesting to explore the tunnels and gun emplacements, ammunition stores and bunkers
set in beautiful coastal scenery with views of Bass Strait, The Rip and Port Phillip Bay.
Other very interesting spots include the Point Nepean Cemetery, with links to early European settlement, and the Old Cattle Jetty.
On the beach or in thick bush, banksia woodlands and sand heathlands, Hooded Plovers, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and grey kangaroos can be seen.
Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach on 17th December 1967.
Tree planting by Bungalook volunteers at a farm at Harcourt
Cranbourne Botanical Gardens
Truganina & Jawbone
Warrandyte State Park
First stop was the Friends of Warrandyte State Park nursery where volunteers work closely with botanists and DSE staff
to grow up to 60,000 plants per year for revegetation projects and for sale to the public.
The co-ordinator, flanked by a spectacular stuffed powerful owl in launching mode and an impressive rat-sized tuan,
gave an interesting talk about the Park and the Nursery.
Moving on to Jumping Creek Reserve. The drought had affected many plants,
but surprisingly, there was maidenhair fern in abundance and 6 or 7 varieties of annuals and shrubs were in flower.
A round trip of 6 km or so took us to "Stane Brae" where thousands of eucalypts and shrubs have been planted by DSE and the Friends group.
Melbourne Water Western Treatment Plant at Werribee
On a sunny Friday morning, Bungalook friends completed a questionnaire for Melbourne Water,
little knowing that we would be awarded a free tour of the Werribee Treatment Plant (including bus from the nursery). What an experience !
Modern lagoon systems that allow nature to take its course are complemented by the latest technology
that purifies sewerage and removes contaminants.
Water re-cycling schemes, capturing methane gas and the world-renowned wetlands
mean the plant is the centre of the Victorian Government’s plan
to create an internationally recognised region of sustainable development.
The Secret World of the Butterfly House. Melbourne
[From left to right:] Meticulously kept nursery - Citrus trees for orchard butterfly - Glass house for butterfly cycle -
Friends of Bungalook joined an IFFA (Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association Inc.) excursion
to see the amazing infrastructure required to support the Butterfly House.
Hosted by the zoo's Curator of Horticulture, Richard Rowe, we marvelled at the behind-the-scenes nursery
where citrus plants are constantly being rotated to provide host plants for the orchard butterfly.
The nursery also grows many indigenous plants for the zoo's garden beds.
As one of our members exclaimed: "Nearly two hours and we've hardly seen an animal."
For information on IFFA check out its website: IFFA website
Toolangi - Wirrawilla Walk
An enjoyable day was spent visiting Toolangi.
Nearby, Wirrawilla Walk is a short walk through a rainforest gully.
Giant myrtle beeches dominate with their gnarled trunks covered in ferns.
Sassafras and tree ferns thrive and ferns, mosses, and fungi cover tree trunks and the forest floor.
We lunched in style at "The Singing Gardens of C.J. Dennis"
and explored the European-style gardens and lawns, a contrast to the surrounding tall mountain ash forest.
Dingo Discovery and Research Centre
The Dingo Discovery Centre (not-for-profit) at Toolern Vale was established to provide a safe haven for a captive population of dingoes,
to educate the public about the species, and to allow non-invasive research to further our understanding of it.
Dingoes are scientifically recognised as a key component of healthy ecosystems in Australia,
and are the world's only known wolves based in the southern hemisphere.
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