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Eternal Beauty Capturing Flora & Fauna at Boondall Wetlands
Brisbane's famous Boondall Wetlands have been home to indigenous Australians for eons and they continue to have links to the land where campsites and ceremonial grounds, medicines, fibre and food were gathered. In 1863 the Catholic Church purchased some of this land where they grew small crops and grazed their livestock. In the early 1960s the Brisbane Council acquired this land, which consisted of 3,000 acres. Over the next two decades plans for the development of the wetlands was discussed and it was not until 1990 that the Boondall Wetlands Reserve was created followed by the Environment Centre in 1996.
Large numbers of international migratory shorebirds visit to feed in the wetlands between September and March each year. Along with the international migratory birds, the Boondall Wetlands is home to a diverse range of wildlife, which include flying foxes, possums, squirrel gliders, butterflies, reptiles and frogs. Other bird species seen in the area include Australian kestrels and ospreys, kingfishers, Rainbow bee-eaters, ducks, egrets and herons.
On Sunday 11th February 2018 volunteers from the Boondall Wetlands will be hosting a two-kilometre guided nature walk along the Billai Dhagun Circuit. Attendees will be guided through the Wetlands in groups of twenty persons which will give everyone a chance to learn about the area's unique history, its flora, fauna and eternal beauty.
Everyone is to meet at The Environment Centre at 9.00am, bringing with them a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and a photo ID. Fully enclosed walking shoes must be worn in the park. This walk is suitable for adults and children aged five and over. All children must be supervised by an adult.
In the past wetlands were overlooked as beneficial and most thought they should be an area to be reclaimed. However, that opinion has now changed and it is widely agreed that wetlands assist in flood control against erosion, wave disturbance and extreme weather conditions such as cyclones and heavy rain fall. Wetlands replenish ground water supplies, help protect marine ecosystems and are a great habitat for migrating birds as well as our own native birds and animals.