Bluetts Block

Sun 17 October 2021 08:30am

Jean Casburn

Please note that the current ACT Government Covid rules require you to wear a mask outdoors until Oct 29.

Bluetts Block is one of the few remaining areas of natural bushland containing heath in the south of Canberra and a vital connection for wildlife between the Molonglo River Corridor and the Murrumbidgee River.  The Friends of Bluetts are hoping that the ACT Government will soon protect it as a conservation reserve.

I find this to be one of the best birding areas in all of the south of Canberra, for seasonal diversity and for regular species such as Eastern Yellow Robin, White-throated Treecreeper, Scarlet Robin, thornbills, whistlers, pardalotes, parrots, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren and birds of prey.  Especially in springtime the well-groomed fire trail walks are ringing with birdcalls.  Red-necked Wallaby and a few Grey Kangaroo are also seen when they thump away through Red Stringybark trees.  There are very fine views from the survey point and during the last summer season following good rain many species of orchids were seen and photographed.

Meet at 8.30am. To get to the start of the walk drive from Stromlo Forest Park roundabout for 2.5 km on Uriarra Road, at which point you will see the end of a bicycle track on the lefthand side which runs parallel to Uriarra Road.  Park near the gate on the lefthand side of the road, or across the road alongside the white gate.  Please take care, as cars often travel very fast along Uriarra Road.  Be aware that it will be necessary to step through a loose wire strand fence to start the walk, unless you are good at climbing the gate (unless a key is made available).

This is mostly an uphill and down again walk but we will take it in gentle stages as we stop to listen for bird calls.  Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water to drink.  Numbers limited to 16. You must register in advance (no later than Thursday 14 October) with Jean Casburn at, providing your name, mobile number, and the name and mobile number of an emergency contact.

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