This set of images provides a window to the past and the largely forgotten woodland landscapes of central Victoria.
The Silver Banksia Banksia marginata, also known as the Honeysuckle, was once common throughout the district – the Moolort Plains and floodplains of the Loddon River and its tributaries were a stronghold for this wonderful plant.
Now on the brink of regional extinction, it has encouragingly been included in restoration plantings over recent decades – only time will tell if these efforts inspire a natural comeback.
A Spotted Pardalote in a Honeysuckle would have once been a common sight, searching for insects along with other daytime visitors – various honeyeaters and lorikeets chasing nectar. Feathertail gliders, sugar gliders and pygmy-possums would have feasted on the rich flow of nectar during the hours of darkness.
To learn more about the magnificent Silver Banksia …
- Friends of the Forgotten Woodlands – a volunteer group working to rebuild woodland communities that were once a keystone in the ecology of the Victorian Volcanic Plains.
- Forgotten Woodland, Future Landscapes – Ian Lunt’s wonderful historical perspective on Silver Banksia and its woodland companions, including notes from Gerry Gill on a surviving veteran on Mount Alexander.
- The Mysterious Honeysuckle – from the Strathbogie Ranges – Nature View blog.