Discovering Nature’s Treasures

Middle School and College wound their way around Herdsman Lake this week as part of their Parks investigations. For the uninitiated, it can be quite astounding to see the diversity and the secret gems of this magical little ride!

It’s interesting to note the prevalence of bushland on the North Osborne Park (industrial) side and the more groomed recreational areas on the south side which is more residential. It seems the park is divided up into distinct zones.

Although Herdsman Lake gives the impression of a natural wetland, we noted that on the West side, the landscape includes a series of channels and ponds, designed to manage water levels in this very controlled nature space.

There was plenty of wildlife, mostly water birds, and the council has put in a wide range of facilities and information to help, like good signage, bird hides, and other viewing platforms.

There were some wonderful reflections as students documented their journey, some relishing the challenge of the bush tracks, some remarking on how relaxing it was, and some paying close attention to all the different birdlife for example. Everyone who rode did so with great smiles, good energy and care, and it really was a very rewarding ride!

Tim Vidler
Team Leader – Middle School and College



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