Re: Ocean Grove Nature Park, Victoria

Subject: Re: Ocean Grove Nature Park, Victoria
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 09:10:00 +1100
Just a comment on David's short list of birds for this remnant block of 
habitat near the Victorian coast, south east of Geelong.

I've also been there on windy days and found it difficult to detect 
birdlife.  No doubt the dry conditions are also contributing to this.  The 
reserve does indeed have an impressive bird list but the vegetation has 
changed substantially over the years and this has been recorded by a 
number of botanists (see refs below).  The lack of fire has also 
presumably contributed to the growth of a very dense shrub layer and 
possible tree decline.

It is a site still worth visiting though, especially early in the day 
(when it's not windy!).

cheers, Martin

A. Park Notes
Ocean Grove Nature Reserve (Parks Victoria notes) -

B. Bird list
Recent bird list (Russell Woodford) -

C. References
1. Withers, J. and Ashton, D. (1997)
Studies on the status of unburnt Eucalyptus woodland at Ocean Grove, 
Victoria. 1 The Structure and regeneration.
Aust. J. Botany 25: 623-637.

2. Lunt. I. (1999) Two Hundred Years of Land Use and Vegetation Change in 
a Remnant Coastal Woodland in Southern Australia.
Aust. J. Botany 46 (6): 629-647.

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.,
East Melbourne  3002



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