“Landholder walk and talks” are a fabulous way to let Land for Wildlife members share their knowledge with other landholders by taking them on a walk of their property and pointing out how they manage and enhance wildlife habitat.
The assessment of our new members Ingrid and David spanned over a couple of days as their property is over 400 hectares. The first visit we took out to the property was during the drier part of the dry season, so we went back after some rain to get a more complete plant list and see the property at a different time of year. This was turned into an opportunity for all Land for Wildlife members and interested others to visit the property.
Greg Leach, Botanist was on hand to identify annual flowering plants and other vegetation for those on the walk. Landholder, Ingrid gave an insight into the hard work carried out by the landowners with weed control and fire abatement.
We walked to a beautiful view point on the property to overlook this unique landscape, it really is a stunning part of The Top End and the view at the top was worth a slightly sweaty climb and we rested for a chat under the trees.
Back at base camp we were treated to a fascinating talk by Landholder, David, about Macropods (Kangaroos and wallabies ), this was based on his lifelong studies and looked at their behaviours, biology and the species trends all over Australia and then focusing on northern Australia. It was really illustrated that in the north we are so lucky to have large amounts of landscapes fairly undisturbed that we have a large percentage of species in tact, particularly in rocky areas such as near Adelaide River.
We finished off with a feast of shared food and a Barramundi barbeque!
Below are just some of the flowering annual plants we encountered to add to the species list of the property. All of these species are very important to the food source for a large list of insects, which in turn are a food source for other animals as well as pollinators.
From Left to right, Thecanthes punicea (red), Plectranthus scuttellaroides, (purple) Centranthera cochinchinensis (pink)
From Left to right; Hibiscus meraukensis, Buchnera linearis, Cartonema spicatum
From Left to right; Mitrasacme connata , Thysanotus chinensis, Spermacoceae calliantha
Thanks so much to Greg Leach and our hosts for their hospitality and amazing conservation efforts.