If you have ever wanted to learn more about how to spot wildflowers in the bush, this self-guided trail walk is for you.
Developed by the Friends of Canadian Corridor, the Leigh Catchment Group and the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat, the pop-up self-guided walk will be hosted through a central part of the Woowookarung Regional Park from Sunday.
The walk has been set up from a starting point at the car park from the Dementia Friendly Forest and Sensory Trail on Katy Ryans Road and follows gentle uphill and downhill inclines for one-kilometre.
Signs identify the start of the path, with wildflower information signs signposting and describing the diversity of the dozens of wildflowers which can be found along the trail.
While the wildflower walk has been hosted in various forms during the past five years, this year a special brochure has been prepared including information about more than 120 Indigenous trees, shrubs, wildflowers, groundcover and climbing plants, herbs, grasses, ferns and carnivorous plants that can be spotted along the trail and wider Southern Ballarat.
The free brochures - which will be on a stand at the start of the trail - were prepared by Bob Hartmann, Bianca Fammartino, Joel Ellis, John Gregurke and Jenny Sedgwick.
Secretary of the Friends of the Canadian Corridor, Jeff Rootes, said the brochure was developed after the success of the fauna brochure prepared for Southern Ballarat previously.
He said it was a great way for the community to learn more about the "exquisite wildflowers" on their doorstep and could be used as a learning resource for children or to guide walks for interested adults.
"It's a way of reconnecting people with how intriguing nature is," Mr Rootes said.
"It's a great way for people to learn about all the little wildflowers that are out there. It's quite amazing how much is out there and how many varieties there are in the park.
It's a great way for people to learn about all the little wildflowers that are out there.Jeff Rootes
"At this time of the year the bush is full of wildflowers. It's just fantastic. In certain spots, the whole forest can be a sea of yellow orange bush pea."
Mr Rootes added that hosting this year's walk along the Dementia Trail would bring the community to the area and encourage people to think about visiting natural places in a safe and inclusive way.
People are asked to maintain social distancing, wear masks and maintain hand hygiene when visited the trail.
The brochure was funded by $5000 from the Bendigo Community Bank branch at Buninyong for the printing of the brochures along with $1500 from Metro Trains.
It will be available from 10am on Sunday, October 17 until Saturday October 24.
For more information about wildflowers visit www.focc.asn.au/flora
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