The fungi were impressive!
A week before there was very little to be seen, just single specimens sparsely spread. Then on the day at least 20 species, very new and fresh, and some very unusual that we’d not seen before.
Lichen and filmy ferns
It took us over 2 hours to traverse the short fern gully walk at Grey River observing with mirror and magnifier and consulting books.
Baby Belly Buttons
We also took time to observe the diversity of ferns and the views of magnificent Mountain Ash high above our heads and glimpsed through the tall tree ferns.
A bonus at the end of the walk was a beautiful patch of flowering Maroonhoods, some even growing on a tree fern.
Lunch was very welcome when we returned to the picnic area. This little walk must be one of our prettiest walks.
Koalas were spotted on the way back down Grey River Rd, and some of the group were very lucky to spot a whale between Kennett River and Wye River. I think everyone involved increased their knowledge and appreciation of fungi and enjoyed exploring this special place in our park.
Bushy Yate, Eucalyptus lehmannii, is an evergreen densely rounded tree to 8m with spread of 3m. It is endemic to the south coast of Western Australia but has naturalised into the Surf Coast cliffs, coastal areas and bushland where it seeds prolifically. The orange flower pods form clusters like fingers extending from a hand and the horned seed capsules are fused at the base in clusters of five to eight.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.