The City of Greater Geelong has released a draft 20-year master plan for the Sparrovale Wetlands, a new world class 500-hectare nature reserve being created near Armstrong Creek. The mix of natural and constructed wetlands will be home to a vast range of plant and animal life, protecting and increasing the region’s biodiversity and serving as a major drawcard for locals and visitors.
The community is invited to have its say on the draft master plan for the next eight weeks. We recommend that you read the master plan, including the three implementation plans, before providing your comments.
Capturing the social history that led to the creation of the world-first system of marine national parks and sanctuaries in Victoria.
In our Marine National Park podcast serieswe capture the social history that led to the creation of Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries in Victoria. Over six episodes you will hear:from people who were directly involved in the campaign and in the creation of these protected areas: from Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation about Sea Country, plus a range of perspectives on Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries and Port Phillip Bay, including from local community groups, marine managers, scientists, marine advocates and educators.
Some things to do while you are social distancing:
go for a solitary walk in one of the quieter areas of the Barwon Estuary. Take the time to watch the birds or look at the variety of plants.
participate in a nation-wide community art project to highlight our biodiversity crisis. The aim is to draw every one of 1,800 flora and fauna on the national threatened species list. Details about the process and the event can be found at https://thelifesustainable.com.au/tiny-art-for-nature/
get to know your camera (including on ipad or phone) and all that it can do. Use the time to wander about and experiment.
read one of the books about our local Ramsar area – e.g. Harry Saddler’s The Eastern Curlew, Garry Linnell’s Buckley’s Chance, Andrew Darby’s Flight Lines, etc
do a free short course. Edx or Coursera, for example, offer a wide range of verified courses from Natural History Drawing to the Study of Pandemics.
build a model of the Barwon Estuary, or your own favourite wetland.
visit the Bellarine Catchment Network Facebook page to find out about a bunch of Science Citizen projects (e.g. counting seals, classifying animals) that need your help.
go to a local nursery (some are still open) and buy up on vegetable seedlings and indigenous plants. Investigate the many uses of edible indigenous plants.
Whatever you do to keep occupied, we hope that you stay healthy. We look forward to spending time with you in the future.
Discover the treasure on our doorstep at this event for all! Learn about our local Ramsar wetlands from experts in the field and get out and about on a short bus trip to Taits Point, a local wetland. Try and find some birds yourself and discover why wetlands are so unique!
The day will be opened by a Wadawurrung Smoking Ceremony and keep kids engaged in the Kids Corner with educational craft activities.
𝙎𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙙𝙚: 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗮𝘂𝗹 – Boon University of Melbourne 𝗧𝗶𝗱𝗮 𝗡𝗼𝘂 – Threatened Species Recovery Hub 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗸 – Wadawurrung Traditional Owner 𝗖𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗴 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗲𝘆 – Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team
𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘁: Murray Johns at email@example.com or 0455 500 542. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing, sturdy footwear and BYO binoculars, a hat and water.
This is an initiative of ‘The Flock Oz’ to raise awareness about the many magnificent wader birds that share our shores. Find out about what local bird species you might see in Barwon Heads, paint your own design on a bird template and take it home!
Date: Saturday the 14th of March 2020
Time: 3 pm – 6 pm
Location: Foreshore Reserve adjacent to Barwon Heads bridge and across from Barwon Heads Hotel.
Join the Estuary Protectors and save the Estuary from the many threats it faces!
🤩🐦🐟 This is a board game developed by the Barwon Estuary Project. You can now buy your own copy! 2-4 players (aged 10 – adult) Work co-operatively to save the Barwon Estuary from the threats it currently faces. In playing the game, you’ll learn lots about the estuary and what you can do to help conserve its beauty and biodiversity. Will you and your team be successful?
Thanks to support provided by Bellarine Catchment Network, City of Greater Geelong, Hamer Sprout Fund, Victorian National Parks Association and the voluntary work of our members and community associates, Barwon Estuary Project is able to sell individual copies of the game for $20, or community groups and schools can purchase 5 copies for $50. Group purchasers will be offered a free education program to add value to the game.
To purchase copies, contact Margaret Griffith: firstname.lastname@example.org
us for a walk from Tait Point lookout on the banks of Lake Connewarre
towards the RAMSAR listed Hospital Swamp. Discover the unique
Saltmarsh and wetland system and the diverse range of birds that call
this pristine ecosystem home. Local plant enthusiast Cassandra
Twomey, will help you identify the key plants and introduce you to an
environment that is so much more than just a “swamp”.
September 2019 at 10.am sharp. 2 hours duration.
at Tait Point Carpark at the end of Staceys Road, at the back of the
Barwon Heads Airport. Melways Map 481-4H
Please bring water, wear sturdy walking shoes, as the track may be muddy, and wear weather appropriate clothing.
I recently arrived in Australia two months ago for the second time and freshly joined the Barwon Estuary Project. It was time I wrote my first post.
As a new member of the BEP I attended my first group meeting hosted by a lovely couple, Margaret and Martin. I was excited, it started to feel like I was officially a member of this. I was still unknown by the majority of the people in the room, as was my partner, John. However, there was more news to come. Roslyn Gibson, member of BEP and the ANGAIR society, was happy to present her book, just recently published, to the rest of the group. By the end of the meeting this book arrived in my hands.
The name ANGAIR and their work was unknown to me, but just by having a quick look at their pages I could get a grasp of the contribution to the environmental conservation the ANGAIR Society has been promoting since its beginnings in 1969. The book relates the history of an Australian conservationist society from the details of its formation 50 years ago in a coastal town in the State of Victoria, their contribution with other conservationists groups, their activities such as monitoring, maintaining and enhancing the indigenous vegetation, educational activities, and basically a good handful of the reasons why they became a successful conservation society in Anglesea and Aireys Inlet.
To me, the work of Roslyn Gibson is an inspirational story of how a community building a network and working together can bring great results. It’s a good example for younger generations who dream to have a positive influence on the world.