Ben Lomond Ecology Field Trip

Dates: Friday 29 November – Sunday 1 December. Depart from Launceston on the afternoon of 29 November

Tour Leader: John Davies

Itinerary:

Friday 29 November – Sunday 1 December

Leave Launceston as soon as the conference concludes (approx 3pm), and travel up to the alpine dolerite Ben Lomond plateau (over 1200m). This spectacular area has a flora with closest links in Tasmania to the Australian alps, and contrasts markedly with the Tasmanian west coast mountains. Three days will be spent introducing participants to the flora, vegetation and fauna habitat. Time will also be spent looking at the ski village, tows and past slope-grooming efforts.

One day will be spent looking at the floristic and vegetation changes on the mountain slopes from the low altitude dry and wet forests through to the treeless alpine zone. Walks will be taken to the alpine heathland, scree, moorland and aquatic systems (tarns). We plan to see two endemic cushion forming species restricted to Tasmania, and another highly localised threatened rock cushion species, (Veronica ciliolata), which is restricted to one small area of the park.

We will depart from the area on Sunday to reach Launceston airport by 4pm for departure flights, and then continue to Hobart.

Accommodation: Carr Villa Lodge

What to bring: sleeping bags, pillow, sunhat and sunscreen. Food and/or cash for Sunday lunch. Food supplies for all breakfasts. Waterproof clothing, warm clothing (evenings will be cool). Torch and/or headlamp.

Participant fee: $450 inc GST per person.