We headed slowly up the hill recording the very diverse heathland plants. Lots of plants were just starting to flower or in bud.

Discovering heathland diversity
Discovering heathland diversity

Margaret MacDonald reminded us of the history of the reserve and how it was bought at auction with funds from Trust for Nature to prevent further development in the heathland. Mary White and Angair had lobbied hard to retain this area. Mary was photographed at the new sign with Angair members shortly before she died. The reserve was included in the National Park in 1995. 

Mary D White heathland
Mary D White heathland

We experienced the magic as we slowly climbed the hill, turning frequently to take in the wide expanse of heathland and sea.

View towards lighthouse
View towards lighthouse

It was exciting to find Corybas incurvus Slaty Helmet Orchid leaves, and then lots of Pyrochis nigricans Red Beak leaves along the overgrown vehicle track. There were also Leek Orchid leaves. The climbing sundews were impressive in the sun.

Discussion
Discussion

The way back along the overgrown track was difficult.

Navigating the overgrown track
Navigating the overgrown track

A very showy Spyridium parvifolium Dusty Miller plant was worth a photo.

Dusty Miller
Dusty Miller

Pyllanthus hirtellus Thyme Spurge was also flowering attractively.

Thyme Spurge
Dusty Miller

This reserve is a very special place for many people.

Alison Watson

Events Calendar

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Mon 9:00am - 10:30am

Jul
14

Tue 9:30am - 11:00am

Jul
18

Sat 9:30am - 2:30pm

Jul
20

Mon 9:30am - 11:00am

Jul
25

Sat 9:30am - 2:30pm

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