- Thursday 16 July 2009
Buds are bursting into bloom in preparation for the annual Spring Wildflower Festival 15 – 29 August, which celebrates the Coast’s spectacular native flora and fauna.
Free guided walks, talks and workshops showcase the best the Coast has to offer, resulting in an all round appreciation for our native, natural environment.
Natural areas officer Michael Gilles said that the festival provides a range of opportunities to explore and experience – with a little expert guidance – the broad range of native flowering plants found in our local ecosystem.
“Our spring wildflowers really are stunning. In late August, you’ll see such amazing displays of colour, it really is natures own garden expo,” Mr Gilles said
“There’s more to the festival than just flowers, local highlights of the festival program, which extend from Bribie Island to Noosa, include nocturnal critters discovery walks, native gardening workshops and the popular kayaking the Currimundi.
“One activity I am very excited about is the nocturnal creatures and critters walk. We are able to installed surveillance cameras in the top of nest boxes, giving us the ability to see some of our shy wildlife, squirrel gliders, possums and owls, in their own environment.
“Bookings are essential. Anyone interested in attending can pick up a brochure from their local library or download one from council’s website. Booking numbers vary depending on the activity, once people have chosen they should call customer services on 8420 8200 to reserve a place.
“All walks, talks and workshops are free. Our aim to give participants the best possible experience, has meant a reduction in the size of the groups, giving everyone a chance to see and hear what’s going on and more importantly ask questions,” Mr Gilles said
“This is the 5th year of the wildflower festival. Each year environmental groups from Noosa to Caloundra pool their talents under one banner, joining with Sunshine Coast Council to make the event possible.
“I would like to think that Kathleen McArthur, who held the first wildflower show at her home, Midyim in Caloundra 1965 would be delighted to see people are still exploring and enjoying the wonders of wildflowers,” Mr Gilles said