Stop and smell the forest – part 3: Fauna presencePosted: July 5, 2017
Facebook. Youtube. Google Calendar. Gmail. These information platforms may have most of your attention as you make your way to work, study, or even to have a coffee after arriving at either Nathan or Mount Gravatt campus.
But take a moment to look around – the forest that envelops Mount Gravatt and Nathan campuses, Toohey Forest, is home to diverse native fauna.
Around 80 species of birds (including owls, cuckoos and drongos), 20 species of lizard, 11 types of snake and 40 species of butterfly can be found in the surrounding forest of both campuses.
The bushland is also home to koalas, wallabies, possums, gliders (possums), native bush rats, bandicoots and flying foxes.
Echidnas are still prevalent in the area with these unique animals most likely to be seen in the forest around Mount Gravatt campus.
These green areas are also home to the native Blue-banded bee which lives in a solitary burrow in the soil rather than in a ‘traditional’ bee hive or nest.
Mimosa Creek, which runs through Nathan campus, is home to a variety of frog species. Some small native fish species can also be spotted in this waterway for those with a keen eye.
So next time you are making your way around Nathan or Mount Gravatt campus – maybe look up from your device. Forget for a moment all the things you have to do in your day. If you do you might just see something remarkable like this, which was captured a couple of years ago by a Griffith student at Nathan campus.
Check out the Griffith Archive website for more interesting information on Griffith and it’s history