ORCHIDS AND OTHER WILDFLOWERS THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 18
Three wildflower sites will be visited as part of the Busselton Naturalists Club’s annual wildflower excursion this coming Sunday August 18.
First stop will be to the fenced enclosure within the Minninup block of the Ludlow Tuart Forest, where kangaroos have been excluded from a 15 hectare patch of bush for over 4 years.
The enclosure was an initiative of the Capel Land Conservation District Committee and the results have been exciting, with many more wildflowers, especially orchids, inside the fenced area than outside.
Bronwyn Mutton from the Capel LCDC will host us for this 2 kilometre walk through some of the most natural tuart forest yet remaining in the south west.
Just prior to lunch, a one kilometre walk along the Gelorup Nature Trail will follow the edge of Five Mile Brook, with kangaroos and birds keeping people company along this easy walk trail.
After lunch, a section of bushland next to Bussell Highway north of Stratham will be visited, with a quiet 3.5km ramble through bush next to what is known as ‘the mad mile’ portion of the highway.
Although not fenced, vehicle access is now more difficult due to gates on all access tracks so wildflowers should be better than in past years.
And, with luck, we may see some Brush Wallabies as several were spotted when the Club walked through this section of bush some five years ago.
A bus will take people from Busselton at 9.00am, returning before 5.00pm. Seats can be booked by emailing Club president Bernie Masters at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 9727 2474.
Meet at the car park on Peel Terrace next to the former visitor centre and bring $15 for bus hire, plus morning and afternoon teas, a picnic lunch and a folding chair.
The excursion is open to members of the public.