Although the trees around the farm are looking cool and very green, the forest near Clover Cottage appears to be scorched by fire! This is the work of a very small caterpillar larvae of the gumleaf skeletoniser moth, which has devastated the the foliage of the eucalypts in the forest. Department of Environment and Conservation research scientist, Dr Janet Farr said “The defloliation does have an impact on the trees, but most trees recover, although this can take some years!” The oubreak is associated with warm, dry conditions and predicts it will get more severe into February. If you interested in reading more about this little caterpillar with a big impact visit http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/index2.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=3483&Itemid=99999999 and read the article written by Dr Janet Farr.
Caterpillars in the Forest
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In the words of the great Aussie cliché… ‘Ah the serenity!’ Nestled in the valley cottage 4 was exactly what we were hoping for- from the balcony views to the wood fire and the sheep, the friendly expectant magpies to Dolly and of course, Floyd, everyone’s best mate!!!
It’s a real treat to have great bushwalks, fishing and canoeing at your feet…lots of options without having to hop in the car. Team that with friendly hospitality, it made for the perfect getaway and we’re destined to be back.
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