Saturday 1st June 2019 commencing 10.30am
at South Pacific Heathland Reserve, Dowling St, Ulladulla
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Morning tea 10.30 am at the Dowling St trackhead, where there are benches and a noticeboard.
At 11am we will be taken on a guided plant walk by Dr Nicholas de Jong, author of the book “Heathlands: Walks and Wildflowers of the Ulladulla Headlands”.
South Pacific Heathland Reserve “is the most floristically appealing of the Ulladulla sea cliff heaths…. The inherent species richness of heathland and the proximity of woodland account for more than 280 plant species and over 90 bird species…” with vegetation varying from mallee woodland, dry sand heathland to wet heathland. “Several plants of regional or national significance are found on Ulladulla’s headland reserves. Many species are at their southern limit, including the emblematic Waratah, Telopea speciosissima and the rare Jervis Bay Grevillea (Grevillea macleayana). Numerous others are beyond previously known ranges…” (from the book above).
Depending on the weather, a lunch venue may be suggested elsewhere than the Dowling St trackhead. After lunch, to continue looking at the diversity of coastal plant communities, an optional walk on the nearby Coomee Nulunga Trail on Warden Head is suggested. This short sand heathland walk begins on Deering St (the road to the lighthouse), at the end of the houses, and opposite the sports oval (see map – PM? arrow).
Logistics: there are no toilets at either of the walk locations. The nearest public toilets are north in Ulladulla at the harbour, or in the main shopping area near IGA/Woolworths. There is also a McDonalds restaurant at the southern roundabout at Princes Highway/Parson St. The excellent Ulladulla pie shop is on the opposite corner of this roundabout, just north of Parson St. There are also toilets south of Ulladulla, at the roundabout immediately south of the bridge over Burrill Lake.
Contact: Marjorie’s mobile phone number is 0404 267 995, home phone no. is 4478 1142.
As always, members are advised to bring morning tea and lunch. A chair might also be useful.
Wear sensible clothing and shoes suitable for the planned outdoor activities, and, a sunhat might be a wise inclusion to encourage fine, but not too hot, weather on the day.
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