Field Trip with Leon Costermans (Victoria)
March 21 @ 9:45 am - 3:30 pmFree
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. To gain the most from the excursion, you will need a copy of Leon’s book ‘Trees of Victoria and Adjoining Areas’ (5th or 6th edition, with a green cover). This is an invaluable resource for both beginners and more experienced bushwalkers and nature lovers. Please bring your copy if you have one. If not, books will be available for purchase at the gardens for $10 (cash only please).
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.
Booking preference will be given to those who booked for 2020 but unfortunately missed out due to Covid lockdowns.