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2014-05-30 MainWestRdExt - Walking groupWe walked along the dirt road extension of Great Western Road next to the Show-grounds followed by a walk through Esme Lahey Park (separate Report). See the Map in the detailed report below. We met at the entrance to the dirt road heading south from the bitumen at corner of Main Western Rd and Bartle Rd (on right at the corner if heading from North Tamborine past show-grounds). This is a quiet dead-end dirt road with some regeneration work with bird activity in early morning. There is also a cleared strip under power lines right through to where Main Western Road bitumen begins again at Whites Rd.

 

 

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This short strech of road is a good place to get some quick early morning birding with their activity in the bush lining the road. Perhaps also in late afternoon with the setting sun on the western escarpment.

2014-05-30 MainWestRdExt - Weeds & Bleeding Heart2014-05-30 MainWestRdExt - Exotic Tobacco and GingerAs you walk down the road, on the right at the entrance is a very early small Landcare project. It has recently had some weed clearing. More recent weed clearing work on the right appears a hundred metres further down with what looks like some very old vehicle chasis/components exposed. This area is getting regenerated by self sewn native plants amongst more established natives like the giant stinging tree. However, we did notice a wide selection of invasive weeds shooting along the road edge.

 

 

The road finishes at some private properties so respect their privacy by not walking into their area.

2014-05-30 MainWestRdExtPart way down the road, you can see Power/telephone line poles running south through a cleared easment (most likely the gazetted but unopened Main Western Road section. This continues to join up with the sealed southern section of Main Western Road.

For more details of plants see the report by Elizabeth in the Species tab.

 

 

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