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    PLANT WALK: Regional native plant expert Neil Marriott.

Guided walk at The Nook

Participants of a guided plant walk at ‘The Nook’, or Moyston Flora Reserve, have learnt about plant species, especially indigenous orchids that live in the area.

Project Platypus Upper Wimmera Landcare facilitator Andrea Mitchell organised the walk and talk presented by Black Range Landcare members and guides Neil and Wendy Marriott.

The Nook, managed by Parks Victoria near Moyston, covers 132 hectares.

“The Nook is one of the richest reserves in the region for orchids, with many thousands of Wax-lip Orchids Glossodia major, Spider Orchids Caladenia, Donkey Orchids Diuris pardina, Wallflower Orchids Diuris orientis and many, many more every winter-spring,” Mr Marriott said.

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“It also supports good populations of the rare Grey Grass-tree Xanthorrhoea glauca – angustifolia as well as spectacular springtime mass displays of native grassy-woodland and heathland wildflowers.”

Attendees remarked that they were unaware The Nook existed. 

Others said they were amazed at the rich diversity of wildflowers.

The Marriotts have contributed their expertise to Moyston Landcare Group’s recently published book ‘Flora Survey – The Nook, Moyston’. 

The book is a guide to plant species at the reserve and is available at Moyston General Store.

“It has proven to be very popular with both locals and tourists, so if you would like to buy a copy you should get to Moyston soon before they are all sold out,” Mr Marriott said.

Moyston Landcare Group has further obtained funding to research plants of the two other parcels of adjoining Crown land.

Ms Mitchell said the experience was a great opportunity for people to enjoy the bush, share knowledge and promote Landcare.

The walk ended with afternoon tea at the Moyston General Store and plans for another guided walk in 2020.

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