THE Glebe Hill Bushland Reserve is more than just about protecting local vulnerable species.
With the inspiration of local historian and landcarer Wendy Andrew, it has grown to become a place for sharing the cultural and natural values of the wider region.
Glebe Hill Landcare Group has partnered with Howrah Primary School over the past two years to create an “Interpretation Trail”, officially opened to the public in December.
Developed with support from The Understorey Network and Clarence City Council, the trail features a network of creative panels that share the stories of resident species through student drawings, poetic works and research by local specialists.
Glebe Hill Landcare Group convener Adam Holmstrom said the grade four students had shown keen interest and talent throughout the various excursions.
“While in 2017 the classes focused on the individual flora and fauna species found in the reserve, the students focused last year on a broader set of themes,” he said.
“These include the gradual to rapid shift of land and climate, first nation’s sustainable connection to land, and fostering care for vulnerable species to help them flourish against the mounting odds (such as urban growth and free-roaming cats and dogs).
“These excursions were arranged in partnership with Nita Education’s Trish Hodge, wildlife specialist Nick Mooney, Clarence City Council natural resource officers Phil and Chris, and local specialists Grace, Mike, Ralph and Peter from the Geological Society of Australia.”
The Interpretation Trail runs between Merindah Street and Watton Place in Howrah, entering from the Glebe Hill community playground.
For a labelled map of the reserve, video footage of local wildlife and up-to-date information on events, visit www.glebehilllandcare.org.au.
Caption: Glebe Hill Landcare Group convenor Adam Holmstrom takes locals on a tour of the reserve.