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Field Trip with Leon Costermans 2023 (Vic)
March 19 @ 9:45 am - 3:30 pm$15
Please note, tickets are in super high demand with very limited numbers… we will give preference to those who didn’t get a spot on the 2022 field trip.
If for any reason you can no longer come please call or text Linda on 0421604711 and we will release your ticket to someone else.
Are you interested in deepening your knowledge of eucalypts? If so, this is a unique opportunity to take a guided walk with renowned botanist/geologist Leon Costermans to get to know eucalypts both in natural bush and in planted situations.
The first location will be the George Pentland Botanic Gardens at Frankston where Leon will facilitate practice in observing and identifying eucalypts using his iconic pocket book ‘Trees of Victoria and Adjoining Areas’.
After a BYO lunch at the gardens, the group will drive to the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve (about 5 km) for a gentle bushwalk for field identification of eucalypts (and possibly some other plants) in their natural environment. This 214-hectare reserve is recognised as an outstanding area for conservation of indigenous flora and fauna; it also has a very significant military history.
Meet at 9:45am just inside the Gardens gate at the corner of Foot St and Williams St, Frankston (Melway map 100A: H13). Arrive in good time to secure parking in the east end of Williams St.
10:00am to 12pm: Gardens walk and identification practice.
12:00pm (approx.) Have BYO picnic lunch & drinks at the George Pentland Botanic Gardens (there is a picnic area and shelter, but we will have to ‘share’ it with other visitors).
12:45pm (approx.): Leave for Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve, to meet in the car park in McClelland Drive (Melway 103:C10).
1pm to 3pm: Drive and walk to identify eucalypts and other plants within the reserve.
Note that this session is intended as an introduction to eucalypt identification, though there will be some challenges for those with some experience.
The $15 cost of the ticket includes a copy of Leon’s book ‘Trees of Victoria and Adjoining Areas’. This is an invaluable resource for both beginners and more experienced bushwalkers and nature lovers. If you have a copy already that you love, you are welcome to bring it, and you might consider either using or gifting your new copy.
Please come prepared for the weather and wear shoes suitable for walking some distance. There is no toilet or water at Langwarrin.
All participants are expected to comply with any Covid-19 related requirements that may be applicable at the time.
This excursion is subsidised by Eucalypt Australia as part of the National Eucalypt Day program.
Ticket sales open Monday 6th of March at 12:30pm.
Please be considerate and only book a ticket for yourself.