an ecological audit


Bioblitz 2014

The Bioblitz invited people of all ages and backgrounds to encounter the flora and fauna at Bundanon. The public undertook a series of walks in the company of specialist ecologists and explored particular aspects of the Bundanon site. This event was supported by Inspiring Australia, through the science hub grants program.

Beginning with nocturnal spotlighting on the evening of Saturday 27 September and continuing throughout Sunday, this citizen science activity engaged participants in different habitats at Bundanon, documenting the presence of orchids and other flora as well as fish, birds and marsupials, led by ecologists and specialists.


Using systematic biological procedures participants were involved in a genuine scientific survey, uploaded to the Atlas of Living Australia, to support and enhance the 2011 Bundanon Trust Land Management Plan, the ongoing Living Landscape project, whilst contributing to the knowledge base of the Greater Eastern Ranges Initiative. Bundanon Trust is the lead partner in the Shoalhaven Regional Science Hub, gaining a grant from Inspiring Australia, 2014 Science Week for the Bioblitz events.

NOCTURNAL SPOTLIGHTING FOR FAUNA with ecologist Louise Boscacci for gliders, bats and other nocturnal fauna. Children and families joined Bundanon's Education Manager Mary Preece on a spotlight search for frogs, marsupials and other nocturnal fauna.

FISH FINDERS FOR KIDS & ADULTS with Ivars Reinfelds, Senior Research Scientist from NSW Office of Water and Geoff Barrett from NSW Department of Primary Industries-Water & Fisheries for a fascinating search for life in the Shoalhaven River from shore and boat.

ORCHIDS exploration of orchid species with experts Alan Stephenson with Denis Wilson. Alan is the expert on orchids of the Shoalhaven and has written books and reports about these beautiful flora.

FLORA FINDERS explored and documented the diverse flora species at Bundanon with Vegetation Ecologist Kirsten Vine, Valda Corrigan and Phil Craven from National Parks and Wildlife Service, and Mountain Echo's Ryan Hogan & Katie Wright.

KIDS FLORA FINDERSwith Mountain Echo's Katie Wright and education officers collected specimens to bring back to the BioBlitz tent for identification.

BIRDS and a survey of avian fauna through bird calls and sightings with Barry Virtue from Bird Life Shoalhaven.

THEMED WALKS included an Indigenous Plant Use Walk with Clive & Julie Freeman. A four-hour Circuit Walk passed through several of Bundanon's vegetation communities including ridge lines, escarpment and rainforest gullies, all the way to Haunted Point and returning via the Cedar Walk.

A one and a half hour guided Kids & Families Circuit Walk along the River Walk to Bundanon Beach back up through the Cedar Walk and Single Man's Hut with Bundanon's education team. Bats & The Bush Walk with Australia's leading researcher into the vulnerable Grey-Headed Flying Fox, Dr Peggy Eby, discovering the links between flora and fauna and the delicate balance biodiversity. It was during this walk that a group encountered a very rare sighting of two red-belly black snakes involved in a territorial duel, caught on video by Mike Leggett.

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED:Dr Ivars Reinfelds, Geoff Barrett, Alan Stephenson, Barry Virtue, Katie Wright and Ryan Hogan - Mountain Echo Landscape and Horticulture. Phil Craven and Valda Corrigan, Kirsten Vine, Clive and Julie Freeman, Ralph Dixon, Louise Boscacci.