Newstead locals and visitors alike have long enjoyed the tranquility and beauty of our Rotunda Park. It’s small area of public land situated on the eastern edge of town. Amongst numerous other important values it boasts a wonderful grassy woodland remnant … Alluvial-terraces Herb-rich Woodland/Creekline Grassy Woodland EVC is the technical term! It’s always been a fertile site for birds and I’ve compiled a handy list there over the years, including some notable local species such as Powerful Owl, White-browed Babbler, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail and Owlet Nightjar. The Mount Alexander Shire is currently seeking public comment on how the area should be managed and used into the future. To have your say click here.
It’s such a special area that I’ve decided to devote the rest of this week to a series of posts featuring some of the birds currently using the park.
Sadly the most significant built feature of the park, the famous bandstand rotunda, was removed recently due to major termite damage. My main wish is to see a new structure standing back in its place in the not too distant future!