Bordertown Field Naturalists enjoy a busy couple of months

Bordertown Field Naturalists have been very active during the months of April, May, June and July.

In April, they visited the Waite Arboretum with a guided tour of this amazing spot in Adelaide growing trees and shrubs from around the world.

Members were lucky it coincided with an open weekend at Urrbrae House, allowing them to see the lovely home and hear of its interesting history.

Carrick Hill was also open so we joined in there hearing of the family life and stories as we toured the magnificent building before having a coffee at their café.

In May, saw the group travel locally to the Olivaylle Estate olive growing farm at Telopea Downs.

It is quite a few years since the group were there last and manager Kurt Braunstein gave his day telling them how it all works from planning and planting new varieties, to marketing their finished product from their production plant and bottling of the pure olive oil.

The whole production has grown since the group were last there. Olivaylle olive oil is available in their unique bottles locally and as far away as Penola.

Kurt with his enthusiasm and passion for his work made this a memorable experience.

In June, the group's outing was a working bee at Hardings Springs the Conservation Reserve on the Ngarkat Highway, an area the club looks after.

The tables and seats were painted, the walking track, bird hide and watering points tidied. Where some storm damage to trees was tided new trees were naturally growing.

In July, fourteen group members went to the mighty Murray River. They had lunch at the historical, lovely Overland Corner Hotel where Phil the manager entertained the group with his stories.

Trevor Thomas took the group to Heron Bend to look at canoe trees, massive layers of mussel shells dating back hundreds of years, along with the beauty of the river and its wildlife.

The group camped at Blanchetown and next day saw more old canoe trees dating back hundreds of years, Middens at big bend and the amazing reds and oranges of the high cliffs along the water's edge.

A visit to wombat holes showed there is plenty of activity there but they weren't coming out in the cold to see any of the members.

If you'd like to join the Bordertown Field Naturalists on any of their monthly excursions, contact Gwen Colwill at They have a lot of fun and now have almost 40 members.