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Flora and Fauna
7 Oct 2013
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Description

Native Flora and Fauna

Anywhere in Byfield’s Parks’ the visitor will find an abundance of flora and fauna.  The Byfield fern Bowenia serrulata and Byfield Spider Flower Grevillea venusta (commonly known as the Byfield grevillea) are unique to the Byfield forests; the Byfield fern is not actually a fern but an ancient cycad.  From the coastline, the massive sand dunes are populated with heathland shrubs, woodlands of Eucalypts and forest areas.  From February to March the Byfield fern fruits at Waterpark Creek, during April, and August to September heathland shrubs display their wildflowers and the Byfield grevilleas set small but beautiful flowers during September.  Along the coastline, Little Fiver Rocks beach track starts under shady pandanus groves at the campground and travels along a sandy track down to the beach.  Along the tracks are details of the plants and animals that call this area home.  This is common for similar areas within the park. Further inland are lowland swamps, rainforest edged creeks, and pine plantations and rugged mountains contrast the sandy coastline.

 

Fauna  

 

The Parks are home to 188 species of animals, this includes 145 bird species, 15 of which are listed as rare, vulnerable or endangered; a comprehensive list obtained from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection details all species within the National Park and Conservation Park.  Sandy Point and Corio Bay are significant wading bird sites, with up to 15,000 birds recorded roosting and feeding between September and March each year.

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