December 2017 Field Visit – Barellan

Hello lovely people, and welcome to the very end of 2017.

In keeping with my trend over the last few months, this month’s field visit was once again someplace I could squish into my schedule at the last minute, because I ran out of time to do it sooner. I will work on fixing that approach next year.

I needed to go to Barellan yesterday, so I decided to look for likely spots to stop and poke around whilst there.

Barellan town sign
Barellan town sign
Barellan's giant tennis racquet
Obligatory photo of the giant tennis racquet

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July 2017 Field Visit – Cocoparra National Park

This month in big rocky lumps jutting out of very flat landscapes, I visited Cocoparra National Park near Griffith.

The Cocoparra Range with Griffith farmland in the foreground

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August 2016 Field Visit – Galore Hill take two

August has seen the return of the sun (well, on and off), so I decided to take advantage of a mostly-sunny afternoon to make another attempt at visiting Galore Hill.

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You may recall that I attempted to visit Galore Hill in March this year, and failed to actually get there – it turns out it’s much easier to find if you drive down the right road.

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October 2015 Field Visit – The Rock Nature Reserve

This month’s field visit was to The Rock Nature Reserve. The Rock is one of those regional landmarks that I’ve grown up familiar with, but never actually visited, so I decided to fix that. It’s another location now firmly on the ‘I must revisit’ list – not least because I really want to climb all the way to the top sometime.

The Rock
The Rock

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August 2015 Field Visit – Wattles at Pomingalarna

August means flowering wattles, so for this month’s field visit I decided to head back to Pomingalarna Park at Wagga Wagga (you may recall that I visited Pomingalarna in March this year).

Flowering wattles at Pomingalarna Park
Flowering wattles at Pomingalarna Park

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March 2015 Field Visit – Wagga Wagga LGA

March has been a hectic month, and I’m reporting in on the final day again. I haven’t had much chance to get out and about this month, but I did spend a couple of evenings poking around Flowerdale Lagoon and Pomingalarna Reserve at Wagga Wagga, just this week, accompanied by my dad.

Pomingalarna Reserve (aka Pomingalarna Park) is a scrubby hill reserve on the western edge of the Wagga Wagga township, and is named after a Wiradjuri woman from a local legend. The reserve is dominated by White Cypress Pine (Callitris glaucophylla), assorted Acacia species and some rather weedy-looking Inland Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) and White Box (Eucalyptus albens). The reserve is popular with mountain bike riders and is criss-crossed with trails for cyclists, walkers and horse riders to use. The Wagga Urban Landcare Group have undertaken habitat plantings for Glossy Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami) in parts of the reserve over the past decade, but I didn’t walk through any of these sections on this particular visit.

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Hillside scrub at Pomingalarna Park

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