“The Wallum Heathland is an evolutionary battle ground for survival. Those life forms that are triumphant represent a finely filtered biodiversity forged from the challenge of extreme adversity.”
Protected by dense dunes seaward and low forested mountains less than a kilometre inland is an ecosystem of Wallum Heathland unrivalled for it’s wealth of biodiversity.
Within a 25 minute comfortable walking trip from the facility students have the privilege to discover, investigate, document and photograph in an ecologically rich environment that is well tracked, hassle free and aesthetically enlightening.
Species distribution, xerophytes and general plant adaptation, bird behaviour, low canopy insect and arachnid stratification, predator prey relationships and the reality of pollination processes as well as on sand track fecal evidence of invertebrate links in this amazing community makes for both an impactual introduction and insightful longer term study.
Banksias, Melaleucas, tiny sundews, pea plants and sedges rich in unparalleled beauty and vitality are a tribute to the enduring mystery and paradox that is nature.
This ecosystem, abounding in classically adapted key species, has to be imbibed through the field encounter to be fully appreciated.
Here amongst this unassuming yet dynamic ecologically significant margin of life, the Heathland, does the integrity of our many littoral barrier zones the Rocky Shore, the dunes and the mangrove rich estuaries become so obviously apparent.
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