One of Bournda EEC's major priorities has been to work closely with the local community on citizen science projects. The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness is a fantastic initiative that is bringing scientists and community together to find out more about the rich biodiversity of the region and the partnership is helping provide schools with the tools they need to play an important role in monitoring plant and animal species.
Climate change is a fascinating context for students to make observations of local flora and fauna; many species are found at the edge of their geographic range and information on their movements and behaviour will be invaluable information to scientists. The establishment of a ClimateWatch Trail is a wonderful opportunity to focus local attention on this important issue.
The ClimateWatch Trail is located near the Scotts Bay Day Picnic Area within Bournda National Park. The trail commences at the western end of the picnic area and is easily accessible from a number of points within the National Park. While walking the trail you can also check out Scotts Hut, a heritage building dating back to the 1890s, and Wallagoot Lake, a beautiful intermittently closed and open lake and lagoon (ICOLL).
The area is rich in Aboriginal heritage and is of great significance to the local Aboriginal community. There are a number of different vegetation communities along the trail and the site has also been modified by a range of human activities. Since 1992 the area has been protected within Bournda National Park and is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS); a division of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
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