Kwongan Foundation tours Fitz-Stirling
Geoff Bastyan, Hans Lambers, Marion Cambridge and Nic Dunlop on a visit to Kwongan bushland in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. Photo Amanda Keesing.
Today Gondwana Link’s Amanda Keesing took some key visitors into the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. The group included University of WA Professor, and key driver of the Kwongan Foundation, Hans Lambers, along with Dr Marion Cambridge and Geoff Bastyan, sea grass experts who can tell an amazing story of successful restoration in Albany’s harbours. First stop was Chingarrup Sanctuary, where Birdlife Australia’s Nick Dunlop was busy with bird surveys to see the use of the revegetation by various bird functional groups. Nick took a break to give the visitors a tour of the property, with Han’s constant refrain being “Whats happening here?” as the subtle changes in soil, topography and aspect resulted in changes in structure and species diversity, and every new Banksia was greeted like an old friend. Next a visit to Nowanup and talk with Eugene Eades who gave an insight to the cultural connections and psychological gains that are achieved by the traditional owners having access to country. Several stops were made on the way home to look at the response of Proteaceous rich heath to clearing and fire. Great day, but shame about the freeloaders that caught a lift home (pepper ticks!). We look forward to ongoing cooperation with the Kwongan Foundation, who have launched an ambitious plan to gain World Heritage listing for Australia’s south western biodiversity hotspot.