New Holland Honey Eater & Fairy Wren Mosaic

Designed and Made: By students of the Spotswood Primary School.

Bird Facts: These honey eaters are a common sight in this park; listen for their sharp, shrill call and watch for their acrobatic flight displays. They eat insects and nectar and nest in cup-shaped nests 1-2 metres off the ground. Wrens live in cooperative family groups of females, young and one bright blue male in dome-shaped nests in shrubs or grass near the ground. The young males and the adult females are both brown. Listen for their pretty, reeling song.

 

Surrounding Species: Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii), Lightwood Wattle (Acacia implexa), Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon).

Point of Interest: The cliffs form the main feature of this forested trail, however they are not a natural feature but were formed as the area was quarried for bluestone between 1885 and 1968. Up to 300 tradespeople were employed here. The stone provided ballast for ships returning to Europe and building material in Melbourne. Locally, stone was used in roads, gutters, the Williamstown sea wall and a freezing plant (demolished).

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