A Muddy Moorabool River

We have been looking at places to take a group of Field Naturalists recently and so have been checking out various places between Ballarat and Meredith. The Moorabool River near the Slate Quarry Road Bridge, near Meredith, was looking a bit muddy after all the recent rain but it is still scenic with lots of interesting views of the rocky escarpment.

Bamganie Bush

This patch of bushland is near Meredith. It seems to be a favourite place for people on motorbikes and some sections would be a bit beyond a 2 wheel drive given the current state of the roads. We visited after there had been a good amount of rain and the number of ant nests was amazing. It was lovely to see Autumn Greenhoods. Now is also the time to see a few fungi.

Rise and Shine

The Rise and Shine Reserve near Newstead, gets a lot of mentions in the wonderful Natural Newstead blog, particularly for the birdlife. Last week there were still lots of orchids to see and plenty of water in the small waterholes and many other interesting flowers.