Miles Hearn nature walk attracts a crowd

On Sunday 5th October naturalist Miles Hearn led us on a 2-hour nature walk, starting from the Heath St West subway entrance. Here he is addressing the group before we set out:

Ivor counted some 36 people present at various times during the walk. Miles was extremely knowledgeable. Here he is pointing at the dead ash trees:

I could not keep up with all the plants identified and just noted a few. The one below is white mulberry, which has two different shaped leaves, as you can see in the photo:

The plant below is great ragweed:

This one is white vervain:

Miles is pointing up at something here; he thinks it is probably European black alder:

We have lots of red osier dogwood in the ravine. This is its berry:

This tree is glossy buckthorn; it is also a common plant in the ravine:

At this point the group has progressed north of the Glencedar footbridge and has changed membership somewhat:

This is sweet viburnum, or nanny berry:

Miles also pointed out a few birds as they flew across, including the ruby crowned kinglet, but there were not many that day. I hope to persuade him to return during the spring migration next year for a bird walk.

All in all this was a fascinating up-close look at the many plants in our ravine. We are very grateful to Miles for contributing his time without charge and helping to educate us about the natural world that is there in front of us.

Next I will be writing about the planting that took place last Wednesday 15th October while I was away. You can see the newly planted trees at the north end of the park close to the Ava Rd entrance. Some plants have been left in their pots. These are to be planted soon by city staff, extending the planting at the south end of the dog off-leash area.

John Cummings