Exploring Glebe Hill Reserve

By Bella Alexander, Olivia Daws, Henry Fraser and Noah Haas*

DURING the first three weeks of term two, three classes from Howrah Primary School worked with Landcare Tasmania’s Adam Holmstrom on an Interpretation Trail Project for the Glebe Hill Reserve.

Each of the three classes (three/four Sierink, four Joseph and four Hughes) participated in separate excursions exploring the reserve and investigating different native flora and fauna.

After the excursions, the students created hand-drawn diagrams of the Glebe Hill native flora and fauna and wrote some descriptive words about their plant or animal.

These pictures will be scanned and used for the Glebe Hill interpretation signs, which will be seen by everyone who will use the trail.

Landcare is an organisation that manages environmental issues in local Australian communities.

Mr Holmstrom and his wife Jessica, who are members of Landcare Tasmania, said they had been learning about the reserve since they moved into Glebe Hill around four-years-ago.

“I have always been astounded about how much the understorey plants, trees and orchids are all intertwined,” Mr Holmstrom said.

“We wanted to share our love of learning about the bushland and its living networks with everyone.”

Grade four Joseph focused on native plants in the reserve and Trish Hodge spoke with them about the Indigenous use of particular plants.

Grade three/four Sierink worked with Phil Watson and Chris Johns from Clarence City Council.

They also concentrated on native plants, and in particular plants that were endangered like the Risdon Peppermint Gum, as well as She Oaks and Bull Oaks.

Grade four Hughes focused on the native fauna at Glebe Hill and worked with wildlife expert Nick Mooney.

After all of the excursions, each of the students drew a picture of a plant or animal that they had learnt about and these drawings will be included on the Glebe Hill Interpretation Trail signs.

We really enjoyed the excursions and we think that the Glebe Hill Trail will be great once it is finished.

There are lots of trees and different plants to look at and learn about and we’re glad that people will be able to see our pictures on the signs.

We also think that it is good that they are protecting the native flora and fauna in the reserve, particularly the Risdon Gums.

*Grade three/four Sierink students at Howrah Primary School

Caption: Chris and Noah are discussing the forest floor orchids.