Bush Heritage volunteers Brian Crute and Brian Martin recently conducted the spring sandpad monitoring at Charles Darwin Reserve. After a great season of rain in the midwest it was an exciting week with lots of small mammal activity (which is exactly what we want!).
There was not as much reptile activity as generally found in the spring survey due to the cold start to this year's spring.
Brian Martin commented,
Brian and I were very happy with our results as we counted four Dunnarts, many hopping mice, two Thorny Devils, many reptiles, lots of Emus with chicks and only one cat, four foxes, a few wild dogs but lots of rabbits. The season was so good the rabbits bred like rabbits! Brian set three bait stations for the rabbits, which we'll check in December.
The wildflowers were magnificent. They were late flowering varieties and they formed a background to the moulting earlier flowering species. Instead of a carpet of everlastings we had a carpet of yellow flowers and a carpet of blue flowers.
I have never had the experience of seeing wild flowers over a two-three month period and they were stunning."