Bundanon Trust’s annual Field Day was held at Riversdale on Sunday 15 April. The event presented a day of walks, talks and activities and a chance to enjoy the natural environment while learning from experts. A highlight was a presentation by Firesticks, an Indigenous led network that will re-invigorate the use of cultural burning at Bundanon by facilitating cultural learning pathways to fire and land management.
‘Bundanon is one of the larger coastal properties in NSW making it a significant site in terms of environmental commitment’, said Natural Resource Manager Michael Andrews.
‘Field Day used a combination of expert led walks, talks and creative activities to shed light onto the Bundanon properties ecological complexities.’
Bundanon is collaborating with Firesticks in 2018 to explore the opportunity to build cultural burning into its tool kit of environment management techniques. Uncle Vic Steffensen and Oli Costello shared their wisdom in a talk and led a walk through Country.
The day also featured a talk entitled ‘Sharks, The Shoalhaven and Social Media’ by Dr Michel Mehmet and a walking tour of the innovative Shoalhaven Sand Sausage on the banks of the river with Natural Resource Manager Michael Andrews.
The day saw the final preparations for the reintroduction of the Stuttering Frog into the ecosystem of the south coast, with Shoalhaven Landcare’s Garry Daly sharing insights into the process of gathering and rewilding the frog population.
The public got their hands dirty assisting Shoalhaven Landcare volunteers in planting trees along the creek for the Stuttering Frog community.
Visitors were invited to catch, observe and release bugs and build Bug & Bee Hotels. Stuttering Frog inspired print making was led by Bundanon’s education team and visitors were treated to auditory pieces produced using recordings of local frogs with Alexis Weaver’s Frog Chorus and Keith Barker’s Frog Knot.
Alexis also led a series of percussion workshops throughout the day for all ages.
Images and article coutesy of Bundanon Trust, the lead partner in Inspiring Australia’s Shoalhaven Science Hub.