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Festival of flora, fauna and very fun nature walks
This festival will highlight local fauna and flora and celebrate Aboriginal Culture in the area. There will be over 20 walks and presentations which will show you the depth and beauty of our local native bushland. It was well worth preserving by putting Eastlink through a tunnel. It is saving this beautiful valley and creek, called the Mullum Mullum, for all of us to continue to enjoy now and into the future.

Mullum Mullum Creek where we honour the original owners
Mullum Mullum Creek where we honour the original owners

The festival continues on May 5th and 6th, 2018.
On Saturday, come to numerous walks and talks. Whether you want a full day trek or a quick and wonderous stroll, you will love these two days.

Sunday has some great features such as presentations on
The Birds of Mullum Valley
Children's Activities with Nature Play
Six Seasons of the Yarra Valley
Listening to the Wild
Invertebrates - never met one, here is your chance.
Autumn frogs.

Festival hosted over two big days
Festival hosted over two big days

Saturday has a host of activities too. For complete details see the website.

Guided Walks along the stunning creek
Guided Walks along the stunning creek

Just to highlight a few walks:

Walk One is where you stroll the whole Mullum Valley, guided by Ken McInnes. Ken will "walk you through remnant and restored
bushland from the creek's source in Ringwood to the historic Schwerkolt Cottage in Mitcham, on the plateau that divides the Yarra River and Dandenong Creek catchments

Ken is an avid bushwalker and local talented naturalist. The trail 8.5 and will take about 4 to 5 hours. Make sure you pack in a day pack, preferably for your back, with water and nutritious snacks. It may be raining, so rug up and comfy shoes are a must. To join this walk you will need to meet Meet at 8.30am on Saturday OR Sunday, at the Schwerkolt Cottage carpark, Deep Creek Road, Mitcham,
Melway 49 D7. Then you get a lovely bus trip before the start of the walk.

Please confirm your intention to go on this walk at ph 9719 7661 or 0409 519 829

The second major walk starts at 10 am also at the Schwerkolt
Cottage carpark, Deep Creek Road, Mitcham. Melway 49 D7
Please bring a jewellers loupe or good magnifying glass to catch glimpses of the tiniest of stunning fauna. Your guide for the day will be Dr Matt Dell Matt will lead a walk through Mullum Mullum Park where he, "will point out mosses and related species (bryophytes), discuss their ecology and some of the differences between bryophytes and other plant groups."

You won't believe the plant species and diversity in the area.

Watch out for Orb Spiders - Photo Tricia Ziemer
Watch out for Orb Spiders - Photo Tricia Ziemer

Their third major walk of the day will be guided by Dr Ian Rutherfurd on Geomorphology at 10am. This will start with a short presentation of the lovely adventures ahead on the walk. You will spot geological formations the Dr will tell you about the processes that have shaped the Valley. Ian specialises in fluvial geomorphology
and river and catchment management. For this lovely walk, you must meet at Yarran Dheran Information Centre, Ashburton Drive, Mitcham. Melway 49 B6

Shorter walks and sessions include: At 11.30am Walk and talk - Invasive species Steve Mathews Mullum Mullum Linear Park. Meet at carpark opposite Raymond Elliott Court on Tindals Rd, Donvale. Melway 34 J10

At 1pm walk and talk - Conservation status of the Mullum Mullum flora David Cameron. Meet at the entrance to Mullum Mullum
Park at the park sign opposite 7 Chaim Ct, Donvale. Melway 49 C6

Another 1pm Presentation - Wetlands Prof. Paul Boon. Meet at Currawong Bush Park Conference Centre, 277 Reynolds Rd, Doncaster East. Melway 34 H6

Watch for the golden beetle
Watch for the golden beetle

At 2.30pm Walk and talk - Macroinvertebrates (water bugs)
Yvonne Cabuang. Meet at the Wetlands at Currawong Bush Park the north carpark, 277 Reynolds Rd, Doncaster East. Melway 34 H6

At 4pm, there will be a presentation about Climate change and
the Mullum Mullum: where are we now and where are we heading with Prof.David Karoly, Leader, Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, National Environmental Science Program, CSIRO. This one is at Currawong Bush Park Conference Centre,
277 Reynolds Rd, Doncaster East. Melway 34 H6

Finally. learn about platypuses in our creek at the 6pm. Presentation - Urban platypuses: threats and challenges with Josh Griffiths. Also at the Currawong Bush Park Conference Centre.

Listen for the Koala call - Photo Tricia Ziemer
Listen for the Koala call - Photo Tricia Ziemer

If you did not get enough wonderful information the Saturday, then come back Sunday for another day of adventure practically in the heart of Melbourne.

For full details see the website or their Facebook page. There will be over 18 experts presenting to eager crowds wanting to learn about our natural heritage.

Thank you the Mullum website for most of the lovely pictures.
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Why? To explore the stunning flora and fauna almost in the heart of Melbourne
When: Starts off at 8:30 to around 6 pm each day
Phone: Various so see website
Where: See website for many locations.
Cost: FREE
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