The sound of thunder rolling in and rain falling was a welcome end to “Tracks and Traces; Finding hidden wildlife of the Dungog Common”.
The March 4 event was funded by Hunter Local Land Services under its Community Education Grant Program.
The day was highly acclaimed by the 45 attendees including four team leaders.
Ros Runciman delivered an introduction before four teams set out to investigate what animals and plants they could.
The most energetic and sure footed headed to the top of Hungry Hill lead by Ken Rubeli where they concentrated on botanical items.
This is a challenging climb but was deemed a great success by most of the enthusiastic contenders.
John Simpson’s group were keeping a close eye out for koala scats and were happy to locate what they were looking for.
Dave Runciman’s group had an excellent discussion with Amy Rowles who had set up her harp trap which is used in her studies on insectivorous bats .
It was informative and a worthwhile exercise before they departed to the side of Hungry Hill. Being shown an example of the special vine, Cynanchum elegans was appreciated.
David Stuart’s group was made up by the less fit who were prepared to walk along Ruins Creek embankment watching out for birds which is David’s passion but it was a little late in the day for any great sightings.
Following a sumptuous lunch the day ended to the sound of thunder rolling in and rain soon falling.
The common received a welcome drenching with most dams now filled and the grass responding to the long awaited breaking of the drought.