FIELD TRIPS BACKGROUND
Field trips are an important part of the activities of WANOSCG. Most members undertake numerous personal field trips throughout the year. In addition, six or more club organised group field trips are undertaken annually.
Group field trips provide members with an opportunity to visit areas, to find and photograph orchids they have not seen before and to learn about orchids from each other. Factors determining the areas visited include; the location of summer fires, winter rainfall patterns, information received from country members, requests from members and specialist trips to search for threatened orchid species.
Orchid flowering is not confined to the spring months and the first trips are usually held in April / May. Members are encouraged to contribute information on the number and location of orchids found to the club’s database.
UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS – 2017
|April||Praecoxanthus aphyllus – Leafless Orchid||Narrogin & Wagin||FTL: Lyn Alcock|
|May||Eriochilus valens -Red-lipped Bunny Orchid||Walpole & Denmark||FTL: David Edmonds|
|June||Caladenia drummondii – Winter Spider & Eriochilus dilatatus subsp. undulatus – Crinkle-leafed Bunny Orchid||Merredin||FTL: Margaret Petridis|
|September||Long Weekend Field Trip – Target Genus TBA||Walpole & Denmark||FTL TBA|
|November||Long Weekend Field Trip – Target Genus TBA||Walpole & Denmark||FTL TBA|
To register your interest to attend a Field Trip, please speak with the Field Trip Leader (FTL). Please note that there are attendee restrictions for trips to minimise harm to the Orchid habitat.
GUIDELINES FOR WANOSCG FIELD TRIPS (Feb 2017)
TO AVOID GETTING LOST
There is always potential for getting lost in the bush. The following can mitigate that:
- Use a GPS and mark an entry waypoint when commencing a walk.
- Use a portable two way radio tuned to UHF channel 13.
- Carry spare batteries for GPS and two way radio.
- Wear hi visibility clothing.
- Carry a whistle.
- Stay within eye contact of the group.
- Search with a partner (buddy).
TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF DIE BACK
- Carry a spray bottle containing 70% Methylated Spirits 30% water in your vehicle.
- Spray footwear when entering and leaving susceptible areas.
- Before leaving die back infected areas remove mud from the tyres, wheel arches, side steps, suspension, and bumper bar attachments of your vehicle.
WANOSCG VISITS TO RARE OR ENDANGERED ORCHIDS
- Club trips to see Threatened orchids will only proceed after consultation with DPaW staff.
- WANOSCG members should respect the privilege of visiting orchid sites that are not generally known or accessible to the general public and not disclose the location of rare, threatened or priority taxa to non-members, or visit these sites unnecessarily.
- Large groups should be split up to minimise impact when visiting sensitive orchids.
- In order to protect rare and threatened orchids and their habitat, restrictions may be imposed on the number of members attending such field trips.
- If planning a private visit to a sensitive orchid site please consult with a committee member or the Field Trip Coordinator for advice.
COLLECTION OF PLANT SPECIMENS
- The collection of plant material or orchid specimens without a licence is forbidden.
- Individuals seen collecting specimens on WANOSCG field trips do so under license from DPaW. Those individuals are acting within their granted authority and are not collecting on behalf of WANOSCG. If a licence holder wishes to collect plant specimens on a WANOSCG field trip they should seek the approval of the FTL.
MINIMIZATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
- Look for orchids along tracks and road sides. The best orchids are often seen in gutters or along road verges.
- When moving into the bush follow existing trails to avoid unnecessary damage to the undergrowth.
- At known plant populations use the same entry and exit trails at each visit. It is good practise to walk in single file along tracks to these locations to protect surrounding plant life, leaf litter and its inhabitants.
- Where possible avoid disturbing soil in wet areas and creek lines.
- Watch your feet. In your enthusiasm to see an orchid be careful what you are stepping on.
- When an orchid is spotted proceed to it in a controlled manner, rushing can damage the surrounding habitat.
- Avoid crowding around a single orchid. It is best to allow one person to photograph and another to observe to ensure that damage does not occur to the surrounding area whilst photographs are taken and observations made.
- Gardening to obtain a better photograph or view is NOT TO BE DONE. If necessary get assistance from another person to hold back vegetation. Prickly vegetation, branches and plant litter assist orchid survival in many ways including keeping grazing animals at bay.
- Dogs are discouraged on WANOSCG field trips. Note: All domestic animals are banned from National Parks and Reserves.
- On WANOSCG field trips two way radio communication is UHF channel 13.
- First Aid equipment is carried, generally in the vehicle of the Field Trip Leader.
- Instruction on Emergency Procedures is carried in each First Aid Kit.