Very successful field season achieved the target of 100 plots as we were very lucky with the weather (only a couple of storms hitting us at Credo during one night and after 5 the following day, and a few spots in Norseman were we were undercover at the Railway Hotel)
Heartfelt thanks to all who made this possible
Credo Survey team
CREDO & JAURDI
Ten members and friends of the Wildflower Society of WA Survey team, based in accommodation at Credo, surveyed 11 sites from Sat 1st -Thursday 6th Sept. Credo is an ex pastoral station now managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation in 2007 and now the site of the CSIRO Supersite flux tower part of a national system of terrestrial ecosystem research and monitoring network.
Val, Fran & Judith at SG60 on Credo
Big thanks to Brian Moyle for helping with the pre survey as well as Margaret and Jeff Langley who stuck it out for the whole survey 11 days. Credo team consisted of Anne & Allan Bellman, Fran Kininmonth, Val Preston, sisters Joyce Evans & Phyllis Robertson.
Caretakers at Credo Les Westerlund and Julie were a great help showing us around, picking up Margaret L. from Coolgardie, running a paper making workshop, hosting a BBQ and supplying communication support.
On to Jaurdi fuelled by the Best Sausage Rolls in Coolgardie we were joined) we were joined by Hazel and Bill Dempster, Margaret Larke, Rahima Bannerman and Gilbert Marsh. Here, between Thurs 6th –Monday 10th September we surveyed another 11 sites and enjoyed the flora of the sandplains and cracking clays. Jaurdi is another ex pastoral Station now managed by DEC with numerous mining interests and a campsite with kitchen and several rooms.
It was great to share stories around the campfire and we were all very relieved when Gilbert found his lost hearing aid which had such a strong magnetic force that it had jumped off his head and stuck inside the rear of his Toyota.
PEAK CHARLES, SALMONGUMS LAKE JOHNSON
Anne Rick at SG60 in Frank Hann NP
Later September (in Fri 14th – Fri 21st) I had a very fun filled purely botanical trip with Anne Rick a botanist from Newdegate. We sampled a total of 11 sites spread between, Frank Hann NP, Peak Charles, Salmon Gums town site, Old Hyden-Norseman Road, Lake Johnson and the Bremer Range.
We recommend the hospitable accommodation in the Art Deco Norseman Railway Hotel owned by conservationist Therese Wade and appreciated the road condition advice provided by the Shire of Dundas
We recommend staying at the Railway Hotel Norseman
Again accompanied by my husband David and very experienced bush campers and naturalists Nina McLaren and Ian Johnson we headed north-east of Norseman via sites north of Lake Cronin and the picturesque patch of salmon gums at a picnic site east of Lake Johnson on the road from Hyden. Turning north off the Eyre Hwy 62 km east of Norseman we traversed an area of the proposed Woodline Hills Nature Reserve.
woodline camp remains
Here there was much evidence of intensive timber cutting, camps and tramlines which had been active in the 1950s. This would be a great place to return to to explore the myriad of tracks, scattered granite outcrops and the hills themselves.
- Camp site near Walgernia Rock. Photo by Nina McLaren
On through Madoonia Downs where we met with lessee Ned Shields (and had a shower!), sample 3 more sites and camped in a scenic patch of Goldfields black butt Eucalyptus lesouefii. We headed north east via the old homestead site and through Cowarna Downs (managed by Jones Partners) to the Transline. Most of this area was mapped as E salmonophloia with E. oleosa and spinifex and although the patches of SG were not common dramatic little salt pans, breakaways and bluebush plains broke up the mixed woodlands. On to Mt Monger Stn (Janie and Brendan Jones) which contains several mines and Randall’s and Majestic Timber Reserves. These reserves were not cut over during the woodline exploitation but have been grazed. A total of nine plots were sampled on the trip which ran between 29th September and 11th October 2012.
Ian Judith & Nina at SG92
On the final trip in late October (22th – 29th) I was joined by Helen Alison, eucalypt expert Wayne O’Sullivan and John Kavanagh from the Goldfield’s Naturalist’s Club. It was great to have John with us as he showed us isolated patches of SG north-east of Kalgoorlie near Kurnalpi on Hampton Downs Station (Burchil Jones), and Pinjin (managed by the Goldfields Land and Sea Council). We travelled south through Yindi and Avoca Downs (1 site) to the Transline. Along the Transline we sampled woodlands near Chifley and Zanthus sidings and south of Coonana. We also sampled sites near Victoria Rock, east of Woolgangie in the Goldfields Woodlands Conservation Park and near Parker Ranges in the west, on our way out and back.
Salmon Gum flats on Yindi Station
This final trip clocked up 11 sites and brought to total to 100.
SUMMARY: 100 sites, 76 days. 36 volunteers (If they were paid $35 per hour then the cost would have been $64,500 for 246 days (7.5 hr days) and plus over 19,000km equating to $15,000 vehicle running costs ATO .75c/km. Nearly $8000 of this vehicle running costs was donated by Brian and $3,000 by David: thank you. A vehicle was hired from Curtin (NW & NE GWW trips) and the trip with Suzanne Prober was in a CSIRO vehicle and Laco Mucina used his private vehicle on the trip to Westonia and beyond. Thanks also to Dahl Trust for the grant for purchasing equipment, plot markers and contribute to some of running costs.