The Bruny Island Conference Field Trip - what a day! Thank you to our Volunteers, Friends of Adventure Bay, Bruny Island Game Meats, Cat Davidson and Inala Nature Tours for making this Field Trip the absolute best, and of course to everyone who came along!
Where do we start? This field trip began at Adventure Bay where we heard from the incredibly knowledgeable, accomplished yet humble Friends of Adventure Bay group.
We were able to see the work they'd done at maintaining the bay, including protecting habitat for shorebirds, and installing sand-ladders for beach access away from bird habitat. "What plants has the group planted along the bank?" "Basically everything you see here"
Keen birders were on the look out for Bruny's birds, and avid bird-watchers Andrew and Joanne Nichols were happy to pass their binoculars around!
Next stop we all tucked in to a delicious lunch provided by Bruny Island Game Meats. We had a chat with the owners about game harvesting, the industry, impacts and sustainability, toured the property and relaxed with the incredible view!
We were joined by the extraordinarily knowledgeable and engaging Cat Davidson from Inala Nature Tours who spoke so passionately about the ecology of Bruny Island, and gave us a tour of the incredible Inala reserve. The reserve was an amazing hub of endangered species habitat, re-vegetation efforts, and a beautiful showcase of native plants in their botanic gardens. We were even lucky enough to see one of Australia's rarest birds, the forty-spotted pardalote.
Photos by Huon Douglas and Phil Milner.