Shining a light on nature

THE Gympie and District Field Naturalists' Club members turned up in full force for the June outing to Mary's Creek, starting at Lionel and Jeanette Muir's property that has views across the valley to Boulder and Mothar Mountain.

All enjoyed exploring the beautiful gardens, many places featuring dry stone walls. The original stand of dry vine scrub had understorey planting and good walking tracks.

Moving on to Mary's Creek Forest Reserve, three feature walks gave a good look at the forest trees and ferns growing after the rain.

Unfortunately the weeds were also flourishing, with a purple spotted garden plant growing along road sides and cat's claw creeper covering many trees.

The large, 65mm across, flat-coiled shell of a Pedinogyra species snail that lives in Hoop Pine scrubs was found.

A good variety of birds were seen, including golden and rufous whistlers, topknot, woompoo and wonga pigeons, tawny grassbird and white-throated treecreeper.

At the June night meeting, members Ian and Denise Smith gave an interesting talk about their month at Bustard Head lighthouse, illustrated by Ian's photos.

The field trip to Mt Glorious on Sunday, July 17, will be led by Robert and Rahima Farnham. The annual general meeting will be held over lunch.

Inquiries to Peter and Bevly Hughes on 5484 0198, or Bruce and Joy Drummond on 5482 1171.

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