Trip to nature refuge at Mt Barney

Martin Bennett (with the impressive beard) with the B4C volunteers.

On a chilly June weekend, six Bulimba Creek Catchment members took an informative and inspiring trip to the B4C 129 ha property at Mt Barney.

 

The volunteers met with Martin Bennett and Peter Bevan, well known trainers in plant identification.

Neighbour Ben Barton also attended the training, and generously provided his Mt Barney Retreat cabins for accommodation to the B4C group.

Nature Refuge sign - BulimbahThe trip was part of a State Government Nature Refuge Grant, for volunteers to learn more about the local flora and fauna and to assist with management of the property.

The group enjoyed bird watching, bushwalking and appreciated the spectacular scenery of the Scenic Rim. 

They collected the following seed and cutting material. Peter will propagate for future establishment on the property.

  •  Allocasuarina torulosa – Forest She Oak & Glossy Black Cockatoo feed tree
  • Trochocarpa laurina – tree heath seed & cuttings
  • Abrophllyum ornans – Native Hydrangea, seed & cuttings
  • Aphanapetaluym resinosum –  gum vine, cuttings
  • Pollia crispata – cuttings
  • Hodgkinsonia ovatiflora – Golden Ash, cuttings
  • Notolaea longifolia – cuttings

Ben Barton (in blue shirt) with B4C volunteers.

Future activities will include removal of moth vine and other weed species that are a threat to the local plants. The Mt Barney trips will be a yearly activity.

The Mt Barney property was purchased by B4C in June 2015, to ensure the connection to two parts of Mt Barney National Park would forever remain as conservation purposes. On this trip we also named the natural refuge Bulimbah.

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