Prom Coast Ecolink
12 Nov 2023
Prom Coast Ecolink and Gippsland Threatened Species Action Group had an exhilarating morning strolling through Pat O'Malley's inspiringly revegetated property.
Biodiversity Walk and talk in the Hoddle foothills
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to soak up details about nature while walking and talking? We spent a fascinating morning following one of the maintenance tracks our host Pat has carved through his biodiversity-rich property, nestled in the foothills of the Hoddle Range.
Pat's stewardship of this property over the past 20 years has nurtured the areas of remnant native vegetation and extended them through planned planting and fastidious weed control. He showed us an aerial photo of the property taken some years ago and it was inspiring to see what had been achieved since then.
Our walk meandered through tree ferns, beside streams, through open woodlands dotted with orchids and hillsides with ancient trees and stunning views. Prom Coast Ecolink and the Gippsland Threatened Species Action Group organised this as a joint event, so we were joined by a remarkable number of flora and fauna experts. The walk was punctuated not only by birdsong, but also by exclamations of delight at natural treasures along the way. Our experts were generous in sharing their discoveries and it was easy to understand their enthusiasm when you were actually there, seeing the plant or animal in its natural habitat. It was pretty exciting to spot a birds nest orchid amongst some tree roots!
The event was rounded out by a delicious morning tea on Pat's deck - again with stunning views. Thank you to our host Pat and to the volunteers from Prom Coast Ecolink and Gippsland Threatened Species Action Group who gave us this wonderful experience.
Stay tuned for similar opportunities in the New Year!