Relaxing winter walk a learning experience

WALKING in nature really does help to clear your mind, with studies showing that bushwalking lowers levels of depression and anxiety – there’s definitely something about being outdoors that relieves stress.

If you are keen to take a relaxing winter walk and learn about local fauna and flora along the way, you should register for the Berkley Vehicle Track Walk in the Georges River National Park from 10am-noon this Saturday, June 15.
Meeting up at Churchill Road cul-de-sac in Padstow Heights, the walk will be hosted by Dan Clarke who is a fully qualified botanist who works as a botanical consultant, operating Arcane Botanica Pty Ltd, within the Ecological Consultants Association of NSW.
Dan undertakes flora surveys, provides information for vegetation mapping and type-determinations, and also monitors and searches for threatened flora species.
He says the Georges River is home to amazing flora and fauna.
“There are at least 113 native fauna species, of which most species are birds,” he said.
“There are also populations of swamp wallabies, possums, frogs, flying-foxes and microbats.
“The landscape of the park includes striking rock formations, steep forested hillsides, mangrove and saltmarsh communities, plateaus and riverside flats and more.”
Dan said the walk would be a fantastic opportunity to learn about similar flora you can plant in your own backyard to attract more birds.
“I give everything a horticulture perspective and we’ll be discovering the gum trees, shrubs, flowering ground layer plants and much more,” he said.
“It’s free and it’s a great chance to learn more about your own environment.”
Bookings essential: