The forest and the trees … Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region

To understand the forest you first have to know the trees.

This Saturday, 24 September, the new Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests publication, Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region, will be launched at 10.30am in the Castlemaine Library foyer.


This 90 page guide by Bernard Slattery, Ern Perkins and Bronwyn Silver aims to help the beginner train the eye to see the differences between eucalypts – and to appreciate how spectacular they sometimes are. It presents the commonest species of the Mount Alexander Region, generously illustrated, and clearly described in plain language. Though firmly based on one local area (the forests and reserves around the town of Castlemaine), it describes species common to the whole Box-Ironbark region, and would be useful to any enthusiast in that region, from Ararat to Chiltern.

The publication of this book has been made possible by a generous grant from the Worrowing Fund through the Norman Wettenhall Foundation. Other supporters have been the Castlemaine Field Naturalists’ Club and Connecting Country.

The book’s cost is $10 and people buying it at the launch will receive a selection of free tree-related bookmarks and a FOBIF fungi poster. Proceedings will start at 10.30 in the Castlemaine library foyer. Refreshments will be served.

I’ve had a sneak preview of the book – it’s a fabulous publication and a significant contribution to further developing our sense of place and appreciation of nature in central Victoria. I feel extremely honoured to have been asked to launch the guide.

4 responses to “The forest and the trees … Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region

  1. Thought of you two… How are the feet? And the cold? All better I hope. Just off for my walk and it is actually sunny! Rain forecast later though. Love J.

    Jenny Indian

    E T 03 5728 6603 M 0490 405 685 P PO Box 323, Beechworth, 3747, Victoria.

    Garden Cottage, Stanley –

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Just what I need! Sounds fantastic.

  3. Hi Geoff, Can’t make it to Castlemaine for the launch. However, would love a copy of the book, the information as described would be very helpful for members of our group. How can we make this happen? Veronica

    • Dear Veronica – you’ll be able to order a copy of the book from FOBIF directly (I think!) – I will pass on your email and someone from the group will be in touch I’m sure.
      All the best, geoff

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