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Estuary Protectors, the Board Game has arrived.

Join the Estuary Protectors and save the Estuary from the many threats it faces!

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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: barwonestuary@gmail.com

By Loredriguez

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Exploring the Barwon Estuary. Guided walk on 10am Sunday 22nd September 2019

View of the Barwon Heads Estuary

Join 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”.

Date: 22nd September 2019 at 10.am sharp. 2 hours duration.

Meet 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.

Don’t forget a camera and binoculars!

Books

The Story of an Australian conservation society: “ANGAIR: the first 50 years” by Roslyn Gibson.

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.

The book can be ordered from the link below:

https://www.angair.org.au/publications

Reviewed by Loreto R

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Beach Clean Up

Hello BEP peoples,

Confirmation of Beach Clean Up – 322B Beach Patrol from Brooke Connor (Parks Vic) and she is happy to share and encourage more volunteers to join, so feel free to share.

We are meeting at 34W, the Surf Lifesaving Club along 13th Beach Road, Barwon Heads.

Date: Saturday 25th of May, 2019.

Time: 9:30am

Location: 34W – Surf Lifesaving Club, 13th Beach Road Barwon Heads.

Facebook link-   BeachPatrol322B 

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Guided Walk Report

Saturday’s walk along the Barwon Estuary was not for the faint hearted. It was a sharp reminder that winter is once again approaching, and it was actually lovely to rug up and feel the rain on your face, which we certainly did!

This time we started our search at the end of River Parade at Moonah Park. The Coastal Saltmarsh plant community is very evident in this area along the River, although for people new to these plants, it first seems a little daunting trying to distinguish one patch of green from another. The secret is to concentrate on a small area, and just stare at it. In one such patch, it was evident that there were 3 different species of saltbush, beaded glasswort as well as Twin leaf and bower spinach.

The Beaded Glasswort is quite prolific along the track that heads from the carpark along by the farmland and on to the levies.The Beaded Glasswort is flowering at the moment, although you have to look hard to find the tiny little flowers that form on the tips of the segmented succulent stems. The following seeds are an important food plant for the migrating rare Orange Bellied Parrot, that arrives from Tasmania in the Autumn and overwinters along this coastline.

Although we didn’t see any Orange bellied Parrots, the Blue Wrens seem to be enjoying the rain, as we squelched pass, warmed by our enthusiasm for these amazing adaptable and resilient plants.

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Beaded Glasswort – Sarcocornia quinqueflora

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Guided Estuary Walk

Cassandra Twomey, our local horticulturalist,  will guide us along the banks of the estuary and talk to us about the local plants and seasonal changes. She also has a vast knowledge of Aboriginal uses of plants.

When: 9.30 a.m. Saturday, 30th March 2019

Where: turn around at the end of River Parade (Moonah Park)

What to bring: FREE. Bring along cameras and sketching gear if you wish. Sunscreen and insect repellent.

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