Nangawooka Flora Reserve blooms in glory, as birds and bees show up in numbers

Bees welcome: Oliver Freebairn and grandfather Bruce Lindquist have worked hard to restore a 'Bee Hotel' destroyed by a recent storm.
Bees welcome: Oliver Freebairn and grandfather Bruce Lindquist have worked hard to restore a 'Bee Hotel' destroyed by a recent storm.

The Nangawooka Flora Reserve is coming into its full flowering glory, with Banksias, Grevilleas, Correas and Wattles all contributing to a spectacular display, combined with wonderful scents which hang in the air.

The birds are also keeping very busy throughout the garden. Pardalotes, Parrots, Blue Wrens and Scrub Wrens are just some of the many species easily spotted among the plants.

Ducks have also begun nesting in the impressive, large dead trees present in the reserve. Birdwatchers can be seen out and about every day, with their cameras capturing the wide range of species in the park.

A spokesperson for the Friends of Nangawooka Flora Reserve said it was great to see so many people, both local and visitors, enjoying the ambiance.

"During the COVID-19 lockdown, the reserve was a space that could be enjoyed safely and still is," the spokesperson said.

Amidst a recent winter storm, a large branch all but destroyed the reserve's 'Bee Hotel' which was crafted by volunteers and had just started to attract guests.

Bruce Lindquist and his grandson Oliver Freebairn quickly cracked into action and have since done a wonderful restoration, with the hotel now back up and running, hosting many bees.

Construction of a new shed for volunteers is also nearing completion. The floor has been installed and the surrounds now need to be planted and mulched.

"Our volunteers have worked very hard, cleaning the bricks kindly donated by the Victor Harbor Council, and laying them, after the retaining walls were completed," the spokesperson said.

Friends of Nangawooka Flora Reserve hold a working bee every Monday from 9am to 11am, before they stop for a BYO cuppa and a chat.

The group is always welcoming more volunteers. For more information, contact: 0419827166.