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August Field Trip - Gurambai Trail at Darwin International Airport

Sunday Aug 13 8:30 am

Duration: 2 hours

The walk will be a joint event between the NT Field Naturalists’ Club and the Rapid Creek Landcare Group. The landcare group will supply Rapid Creek Birdwatching Lists funded by Darwin International Airport. The walk will start at the woodland loop on the Gurambai Trail where it is likely flowering Osbeckia australiana will be found (pictured). This section of the trail passes through woodland and transitional communities fringing the wetlands in the upper Rapid Creek catchment.

The walk will be led by Lesley Alford and Michael Schmid. Michael’s business Veg North carries out management of the Rapid Creek Reserve for the Darwin International Airport. The Gurambai Trail runs through the Rapid Creek Reserve. Michael and Lesley have both been involved in natural resource management in the Northern Territory over the past three decades. Michael has worked for the NT Government in weed management and water planning and co-authored Common Urban Weeds of North Australia. Veg North’s work focuses on bushland rehabilitation in the Darwin area. Lesley has worked in the government and non-government sectors including the Central Land Council, Greening Australia and Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers and now works as a consultant (including as a sub-contractor to Veg North). She has had a longstanding interest in the Rapid Creek catchment and the local landcare network. She was a co-author on the article in the last issue of Northern Territory Naturalist about the invasive weed Chinese Violet that was discovered on the airport grounds and successfully eradicated.

Meet: 08.30 am in the carpark towards the end of Larkin Avenue, just past the ‘Furry Godmother’ pet resort.
Bring: Sunhat, sunscreen, enclosed footwear, binoculars and camera.

Photo: Nankeen Night Heron by Tissa Ratnayeke


Larkin Ave, Eaton NT 0820, Australia

Long: 130.886749 Lat: -12.409403