Yarrara Flora Reserve VKFF-2498

After leaving the Millewa Pioneer Park, we continued east on Millewa Road and headed to our next planned park activation for the day, the Yarrara Flora Reserve VKFF-2498. The park is located about 80km west of Mildura in north-western Victoria.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Yarrara Flora Reserve. Map c/o Protected Planet.

The Yarrara Flora Reserve is about 22.64 k in size and consists of various sections on both the southern and northern side of Millewa Road. The Parks Victoria website has little if any information on their site.

Above:- An aerial view showing the location of the Yarrara Flora Reserve. Image c/o Protected Planet.

EBird have recorded about 98 species of native bird at Yarrara including Australian Owlet-nightjar, Australian Ringneck parrot, Gilbert’s Whistler, Singing Honeyeater, Yellow-rumed Thornbill, and Wedge Tailed Eagle.

Also found in the park is the White-browned Treecreeper, a species which is rare in Victoria.

In 2014 the Fauna Survey Group of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria undertook a fauna survey in the Yarrara area. During that survey, four specimens of Little Pied Bat were captured and released. This species had not previously been recorded in the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas and is listed as endangered in South Australia and vulnerable in New South Wales. 

In the spring of 2018 an addition survey was undertaken and this resulted in a further nine detections of the Little Pied Bat.

See the story below……

https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/little-pied-bats-found-in-mildura-yarrara-flora-and-fauna-reserve/story-fnkfnspy-1227285729387

The park was well signposted and we had no problems finding it. We turned down Yarrara South Road and then turned down a little 4WD track and entered the park.

This would a first time activation of this park for Marija and myself. Yarrara has been activated twice before, back in 202 by Nick VK3ANL who logged 15 QSOs, and in 2019 by Mike VK6MB who logged 31 QSOs.

We found some shade underneath a tree, and whilst Maria placed a spot for me on parksnpeaks, I called CQ on 7.144. First in the log was Brian VK3BBB, followed by Joe VK3SRC, and then Dennis VK2HHA. I qualified the park for VKFF after about 8 minutes, with a QSO with Geoff VK3SQ.

I logged a further 6 stations before Marija jumped into the operator’s chair to get her 10.

First in the log for Marija was Ian VK5CZ, followed by Ian VK5IS, and then Danny VK5DW. All had 5/9 signals into north-western Victoria. Marija’s 10th contact was with Adrian VK5FANA on the Yorke Peninsula.

Once Marija had qualified the park for VKFF, I took charge of the microphone once again hoping to get to 44 to qualify the park for the global WWFF program.

I logged a further 20 stations on 40m, bringing my total to 36 QSOs. This included a Park to Park with Peter VK3TKK/p who was activating the Yabba South Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2239. Marija also logged Peter.

I then moved to 3.610 on the 80m band where I logged 7 stations from VK2, VK3, and VK5, including another Park to Park with Peter VK3TKK. Marija also logged the Park to Park with Peter.

I was now just 1 QSO short of the required 44. I moved to 14.310 on the 20m band where I worked Gerard VK2IO, followed by Ray VK4NH, Rob VK4HAT, Alan VK2MG, and George VK4GSF.

Marija and I packed up and headed off to our next park, the Mallambool Flora Reserve. We had 65 QSOs in the log.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK5CZ
  2. VK5IS
  3. VK5DW
  4. VK3CU
  5. VK2HHA
  6. VK3CM
  7. VK3PMC
  8. VK3PF
  9. VK5EJ
  10. VK5FANA
  11. VK1DI
  12. VK2VH
  13. VK4AAC/2
  14. VK3TKK/p (Yabba South Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2239)

Marija worked the following stations on 80m SSB:-

  1. VK3TKK/p (Yabba South Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2239)

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3BB
  2. VK2CCP
  3. VK3SRC
  4. VK3FOWL
  5. VK3YSP
  6. VK2HHA
  7. VK4FDJL
  8. VK3PF
  9. VK3CM
  10. VK3SQ
  11. VK3ZPF
  12. VK2IO
  13. VK5DW
  14. VK4NH
  15. VK4DXA
  16. ZL4TY/VK4
  17. VK5FANA
  18. VK1DI
  19. VK2FIG
  20. VK5NM
  21. VK2VH
  22. VK4AAC/2
  23. VK5CZ
  24. VK2EXA
  25. VK5MRE/m
  26. VK3GV
  27. VK5LA
  28. VK3PI
  29. VK7JFD
  30. VK3TKK/p (Yabba South Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2239)
  31. VK5KBJ/m
  32. VK3SH
  33. VK3IK/m
  34. VK5IS
  35. VK2FPAR
  36. VK2FAPC
  37. VK5CZ
  38. VK3OF
  39. VK3TKK/p (Yabba South Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2239)
  40. VK5IS
  41. VK5HAA
  42. VK2VH
  43. VK4AAC/2

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2IO
  2. VK4NH
  3. VK4DXA
  4. ZL4TY/VK4
  5. VK4HAT
  6. VK2MG
  7. VK4GSF

References.

eBird, 2021, <https://ebird.org/hotspot/L937591>, viewed 29th April 2021.

Informit, 2021, <https://search.informit.org/doi/abs/10.3316/informit.620614078513454>, viewed 29th April 2021

ResearchGate, 2021, <https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329776032_A_fauna_survey_in_Yarrara_Flora_and_Fauna_Reserve_and_adjacent_reserves_in_north-western_Victoria_Fauna_survey_group_contribution_No_27>, viewed 29th April 2021.

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