We travelled to Dryandra Woodland via Bremer Bay. Yes, we know Bremer Bay is not on the way to Dryandra, but we were heading down south, so anything is fair game once you are in the car. Also, H wanted to ‘pop in on the way’ to see a school friend who works on various conservation projects in the area.
A map that displays South Perth to Bremer Bay indicates the Albany Highway route. Once we got out of Perth, we went down Brookton Highway, and turned off just out of Broomehill (south of Katanning), and headed for Bremer Bay. The Brookton Highway was a nicer road and cut our journey time by about an hour.
Nathan has designed and built an amazing home that looks out onto the Southern Ocean. Melding with the colours of the headland, the home appears to form part of the landscape with the natural vegetation of the bay surrounding the small patch that has been cleared for building.
The view from the front verandah takes in Bremer Bay with Point Hood to the east, and Point Henry and Cape Knob to the west. The view is so wide that I could only capture one headland at a time, in this case Point Hood.
Nathan showed us around Bremer Bay with particular attention to the beaches, vegetation and birds. We were shown a grove of eucalypts.
Eucalyptus nutans was misidentified for another eucalypt, until Nathan rediscovered it 130 years later. An article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australian co-authored with Steve Hopper, describes the true identity of the E. nutans F. Muell. (Bremer or red-flowering moort), their distribution and habitat, and conversation status.
The story of E. nutans illustrates the fundamental importance of rigorous and accurately applied systematics research to successful conservation of biodiversity. Typical E. nutans, a rare and highly-localized endemic species vulnerable to extinction through frequent fires, remained obscure and uncollected for 130 years, with its name incorrectly applied to an undescribed mallet (E. cernua). Because of its vulnerability to fire, E. nutans may well have been rendered extinct in the future, had it not been recognised as different and worthy of investigation by Demarz, Daniels and ourselves.
— McQuoid N K & Hopper S D 2007 The rediscovery of Eucalyptus nutans F. Muell. from the south coast of Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 90: 41-45.
We were also shown around Nowanup, one of Greening Australia’s revegation commitments to the Gondwana Link. The relationship between science and people is clearly demonstrated with the cooperative efforts of many partners including the Noongar people with the development of The Noongar Meeting Place and their knowledge of country.
Our little car (Peugeot 306 S16) did very well on 63 litres of fuel for 800 kms, but we were looking forward to refueling once we found some Premium Unleaded at Gnowangerup on the way to Katanning.