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Wildflowers at Rushworth

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August 11, 2017

Adventure: The Rushworth WildFlower Hunt welcoming committee sends people in the right direction.

A Rushworth wildflower.

Exploration: Visitors enjoy a break from the Rushworth Wildflower Hunt last year.

Welcome in the new season by unlocking Rushworth’s hidden treasures at the third annual Wildflower Hunt on Sunday, August 27.

Wildflowers such as the famous golden guinea (leopard orchid), downy grevillea, flax lilies, autumn greenhoods, correas, grey everlastings, brachycome and much more are expected to be in bloom.

In addition to wildflowers there will be birds and other wildlife to see as well as historic sites and relics from the gold mining days such as the old Rushworth cemetery and a mud brick miners cottage still standing after more than 100 years.

On the day, participants can follow a set 7km path or an easier 5.5km route which are different to last year.

There will be the option of taking a guided botanical walk along the route given by a local expert in the Rushworth Ironbark Forest.

Paul Foreman from Blue Devil Consulting in Castlemaine, a botanist and forester who has a particular interest in Box Ironbark, grasslands and grassy woodlands ecosystem flora, will be giving a talk on the ironbark forest and private land conservation in the Rushworth Shire Hall at 2pm after the event.

‘‘Once again the organising committee is looking forward to hosting this event, with a brand new route for this year showcasing our wonderful wildflowers and gold mining history in the unique ironbark forest,’’ organiser Nick Buzza said.

On the day a map with the route and wildflower locations and other points of interest will be available for a gold coin donation from in front of the Rushworth War Memorial in High St between 9.30am and 10.30am. The route will take two to three hours to complete.

More information and maps of the walking route can be accessed from www.rushworthit.com.au

For more information on the Rushworth Wildflower Hunt phone Nick Buzza on 0423658245 or email nbuzza@yahoo.com

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