I have been lucky enough to be a part of the 16th Bush Blitz expedition to the Gawler Ranges in South Australia, as part of the graduate program with the Department.
The Hiltaba and Gawler Ranges Bush Blitz is the fourth for the year, running for two weeks in total. My role was to help organise the field logistics, participant contracts and payments, and to assist as a field officer during the expedition. After months of planning and organisation we finally hit the road, and headed eight hours north-west of Adelaide to a remote former sheep station in the Gawler Ranges!
After arriving at the station, the Bush Blitz crew helped the team of scientists settle into the campsite for two whole weeks of intensive survey work. While this property has only recently been converted from a sheep station to a conservation reserve, many of the scientists have commented on the exceptional diversity of unique species and habitats that this majestic property contains within. Peter Lang from the South Australian Herbarium says that the bluebush plains here at Hiltaba are a real treasure because they are often converted into cropping or grazing land making it difficult to find large areas in such good condition.
Stay tuned for fascinating finds as the Bush Blitzers leave no stone unturned and no tree unexamined as they search for creatures great and small!
Erin, Bush Blitz
Bush Blitz is a biodiversity discovery program between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton and Earthwatch Australia which aims to document the plants and animals across Australia’s National Reserve System.