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Friends of the Bannockburn Bush


Geelong Field Naturalists Club visit. Sunday October 18
FOBB members appreciated the opportunity to show GFNC members around the reserve and we enjoyed the chance to workshop management ideas and to add to our flora and fauna records. Management of our reserve is quite complex with such a range of issues as well as opportunities. Not many reserves are able to fund their own management through the sale of timber.


Unfortunately the rapid ‘browning off’ after the heat wave earlier in the month meant that the wildflower season was over in a couple of weeks and we missed the best of the orchids and lilies. The yellow gums were still flowering though and the ornithologists have provided us with an impressive list of sitings at the locations we visited:

Birds
Bannockburn Bush
Fan-tailed Cuckoo 1
White-throated Treecreeper 1
Superb Fairy-wren 2 (2 sites)
Brown Thornbill 1
Spotted Pardalote 1
Yellow-faced Honeyeater 2  (2 sites)
White-eared Honeyeater 1
White-plumed Honeyeater 1
Red Wattlebird 2
New Holland Honeyeater 1
White-naped Honeyeater 1
Rufous Whistler 3 (2 sites)
Grey Shrike-thrush 4 (3 sites)
Australian Magpie (White-backed) 2 
Pied Currawong 1
Grey Fantail 2 (2 sites)
White-winged Chough 12
Jacky Winter 2 (2 sites)
Common Blackbird 1

Murgheboluc
Straw-necked Ibis 1 
Australian Hobby 1 
Striated Pardalote 2 
Noisy Miner 3 
Australian Magpie (White-backed)  3

You can search online for images for pictures of most of these species of birds and plants

Plants: (not an exhaustive list)
Trees and larger shrubs:

Wattles: 
Hedge Wattle,  Acacia paradoxa
Golden Dust Wattle,  Acacia acinacea
Late Black Wattle,  Acacia mearnsii
Golden Wattle,  Acacia pycnantha

Eucalypts:
Melbourne Yellow Gum, Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp  connata (often with Drooping Mistletoe,  Amyema pendulum)
Sugar Gum, Eucalyptus cladocalyx
Manna Gum, Eucalyptus viminalis ssp. viminalis
River Red Gum, Eucalyptus camaldulensis var. camaldulensis

Others:
Snowy Mint-bush, Prostanthera nivea var. nivea
Drooping Cassinia, Cassinia arcuata
*Monterey  Pine,  Pinus radiata
Cherry Ballart,  Exocarpus cupressiformis
Sweet Bursaria, Bursaria spinosa ssp. spinosa
Drooping Sheoak, Allocasuarina verticillata

Smaller flowering plants:
Bent Goodenia,  Goodenia geniculata
Inland pig-face,  Carpobrotus modestus
Sticky Everlasting,  Bracteantha viscose
Grey Parrot-Pea, Dillwynia cinerascens
Common Flat-pea, Platylobium obtusangulum
Milkmaids,  Burchardia umbellata
Blue Pincushion, Brunonia australis
Pale Sundew, Drosera peltata ssp peltata
Scaly Buttons,  Leptorhynchos sqamatus
Common Everlasting, Chrysocephalum apiculatum
Blushing Bind-weed, Convolvulus erubescens
Running Postman,  Kennedia prostrate
Common Eutaxia,  Eutaxia microphylla
Tall Bluebell,  Wahlenbergia stricta
Curved Rice-flower, Pimelea flava
Common Rice-flower, Pimelea humilis
Bluebell creeper, Billardiera heterophylla
Magenta Storks-bill, Pelargaonium rodneyanum 

Grasses, Lilies, Sedges and Rushes:
Rough Spear-grass,  Austrostipa scabra ssp scabra
Spear-grass,  Austrostipa scabra ssp. falcata
Supple Spear-grass,  Austrostipa mollis
Short Wallaby-grass,  Rytidospermum charphodies
Common Wallaby-grass,  Rytidospermum caespitosum
Bent Wallaby-grass,  Rytidospermum geniculatum
Plume grass,  Dichelache crinata 
Slender Tussock-grass,  Poa sieberiana var sieberiana
Twining Fringe-lily, Thysanotus patersonii
Chocolate Lily,  Arthropodium strictum
Black-anther Flax-lily,  Dianella admixta
Sword-sedge,  Lepidosperma laterale
Wattle mat-rush,  Lomandra filiformis ssp. coriacea
Mat-rush, Lomandra nana

Rubbish Dumping, apology to the Szkuta family.
Last month I asked for people to get in touch if they recognised any of the names that were published in relation to some litter dumping. I did not mean to suggest that those people had done the dumping, just that a receipt with their name was among the dumped material and that they may be able to help us with our enquiries. 

I am sorry for any suffering this may have caused. I would now like to thank the Szkuta family as they were able to provide further information that will assist in tracking down the real culprits.

If you were the owner of this junk as shown last month, you could save yourself from a big fine by going back and cleaning it up ASAP!

Yellow Gum replanting.
Sincere thanks to all the bush-users who have respected our replanting section in the picnic area. We have left the main roads clear for traffic and we will continue planting this eastern section once we have enjoyed some more rain. Most of the yellow gums are doing OK but it is a tough area and we have to keep the water up to them. We have also put over 100 yellow gums into the NW logged section and they are still doing well.

Grant Applications in progress.
FOBB has applied for a Threatened Species Grant to do some fencing and weed control work in the southern triangle section of the bush.

We are also preparing another application for funding to produce a brochure on the local grasses. 

There is always plenty of good information on the ‘wildflowers’ and trees, but it’s hard to find something convenient for the grasses. Be patient, it may take some time!

Coming Events:
Bannockburn Scouts Night Hike, Thursday December 10

On a dark and spooky night in December, we will be hosting the Bannockburn District scouts on a night hike through some of the most haunted sections of the reserve. Does that green slimy ectoplasm stuff interfere with GPS signals?

Sunday November 29 Working Bee 10am – 3pm, or whatever the attendees wish to do.

Stuart McCallum
Friends of Bannockburn Bush

 

Grey Parrot pea

Milkmaids

Pimelea curviflora

Pimelea humilis

Scaly Button seed head

Scaly Buttons

Twining fringe lily

Take care on the roads near the Bannockburn Bush