Yarraweyah/Monjebup blitz

Published 16 Sep 2013 
about  Monjebup Reserves  
Thank God for the wild country we still have left!<br/> Thank God for the wild country we still have left!
A wash of flowering Kunzea across a plain of deep white sand.<br/> A wash of flowering Kunzea across a plain of deep white sand.
Like something from the age of dinosaurs, a field of Banksia cirsioides spills down a slope over a hard clay pan.<br/> Like something from the age of dinosaurs, a field of Banksia cirsioides spills down a slope over a hard clay pan.
Inflorescence of Banksia caleyii about to start opening from the base - treat for the honey possums!  We've been sure to include this one in our restoration on Monjebup North.<br/> Inflorescence of Banksia caleyii about to start opening from the base - treat for the honey possums! We've been sure to include this one in our restoration on Monjebup North.
Eucalyptus arborella - tough trees, growing in straight spongelite rock atop a windswept mesa.  It was howling up there!<br/> Eucalyptus arborella - tough trees, growing in straight spongelite rock atop a windswept mesa. It was howling up there!
Waves of colour across the hillsides.<br/> Waves of colour across the hillsides.
It's tough work for ecologists wandering down a creek on a warm spring afternoon!  Libby (left) and Angela (right) recorded over 350 plant species and nearly 50 bird species respectively through the week.<br/> It's tough work for ecologists wandering down a creek on a warm spring afternoon! Libby (left) and Angela (right) recorded over 350 plant species and nearly 50 bird species respectively through the week.
Lunch stop at cascades on the creek.  South Coast NRM Chair Bill Hollingworth (left) and the wonderful Bill and Jane Thomnpson.  Libby in the creek below recording aquatic plants.<br/> Lunch stop at cascades on the creek. South Coast NRM Chair Bill Hollingworth (left) and the wonderful Bill and Jane Thomnpson. Libby in the creek below recording aquatic plants.
After a winter of good rains water is, unusually, flowing.<br/> After a winter of good rains water is, unusually, flowing.
Even the lichens seem brighter at this time of year.....<br/> Even the lichens seem brighter at this time of year.....

Through last week Angela Sanders and I camped up on our Monjebup neighbours Bill and Jane Thompson's Yarraweyah Falls property with Bill and Jane, Albany-based botanist Libby Sandiford, and various associates and colleagues who joined us for periods through the week.

Over the course of 5 long days we really got to know the Yarraweyah/Monjebup landscape, country that we hadn't previously known well on account of priorities elsewhere among the Gondwana Link properties.

Mid-September's a stunning time to be out and about across the south-west, with our famously diverse flora in full bloom, and lots of activity in the bird world. Libby recorded over 350 species of flora, and Angela nearly 50 bird species over the 5 days.

Thank God for the wild country we still have left!<br/> Thank God for the wild country we still have left!
A wash of flowering Kunzea across a plain of deep white sand.<br/> A wash of flowering Kunzea across a plain of deep white sand.
Like something from the age of dinosaurs, a field of Banksia cirsioides spills down a slope over a hard clay pan.<br/> Like something from the age of dinosaurs, a field of Banksia cirsioides spills down a slope over a hard clay pan.
Inflorescence of Banksia caleyii about to start opening from the base - treat for the honey possums!  We've been sure to include this one in our restoration on Monjebup North.<br/> Inflorescence of Banksia caleyii about to start opening from the base - treat for the honey possums! We've been sure to include this one in our restoration on Monjebup North.
Eucalyptus arborella - tough trees, growing in straight spongelite rock atop a windswept mesa.  It was howling up there!<br/> Eucalyptus arborella - tough trees, growing in straight spongelite rock atop a windswept mesa. It was howling up there!
Waves of colour across the hillsides.<br/> Waves of colour across the hillsides.
It's tough work for ecologists wandering down a creek on a warm spring afternoon!  Libby (left) and Angela (right) recorded over 350 plant species and nearly 50 bird species respectively through the week.<br/> It's tough work for ecologists wandering down a creek on a warm spring afternoon! Libby (left) and Angela (right) recorded over 350 plant species and nearly 50 bird species respectively through the week.
Lunch stop at cascades on the creek.  South Coast NRM Chair Bill Hollingworth (left) and the wonderful Bill and Jane Thomnpson.  Libby in the creek below recording aquatic plants.<br/> Lunch stop at cascades on the creek. South Coast NRM Chair Bill Hollingworth (left) and the wonderful Bill and Jane Thomnpson. Libby in the creek below recording aquatic plants.
After a winter of good rains water is, unusually, flowing.<br/> After a winter of good rains water is, unusually, flowing.
Even the lichens seem brighter at this time of year.....<br/> Even the lichens seem brighter at this time of year.....