Barwon Estuary Project is pleased to announce its second major exhibition


Due to COVID uncertainty the Bellarine Arts Trail is postponed and this exhibition will not take place.

Please do not send in any entry forms.

Follow The Flow – The Barwon Estuary Exhibition

in conjunction with The Bellarine Arts Trail – Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October, 2021


Free Workshop

Capture the essence of the Barwon Estuary through art, writing and photography with this estuary walk. 🍃

Join and learn from local artist Liz McGrath, local photographer Martin Griffith and local poet/writer Dorothy Johnson and create some beautiful things to help us celebrate the estuary.

With permission, creations will be used on community signage along the estuary to raise awareness about Ramsar wetlands and the general estuary habitat.

BYO: Art materials (pens, pencils, paper, camera, etc), sunscreen and a hat, water and enclosed shoes.

Meet at the Barwon Heads Boat Ramp (across from Pelican Ct) and create!

12.00 until 3 p.m.

This event is co-hosted by Festival of the Sea (@festivalofthesea) and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (@corangamitecma).

This is a FREE event for ALL ages and abilities. ☺️ 


Clean Up Australia

Sunday March 7th

Moonah Park Site

Come and help clean up our magnificent Ramsar wetland area this Clean Up Australia Day.
We will be removing rubbish from Moonah Park and surrounding riverbanks.
Sunday March 7th ~ 10 am-12 noon.
Wear your old clothes, sturdy shoes and gloves; be sunsmart and bring your own insect repellent and refreshments. COVID safe regulations will be followed.


Moonah Park, Barwon Heads

Council: Greater Geelong City Council

Site Type: Public Bushland

Meeting Point: Moonah Park at the end of River Parade

Site Supervisor: Debra Read

Barwon Heads Bluff Site

Come and join the Friends of the Bluff this Clean Up Australia Day at the Bluff.
We will be removing rubbish from the Bluff and surrounding beaches.
Sunday March 7th 10am-12noon.
Wear your old clothes, sturdy shoes and gloves; be sunsmart and bring your own insect repellent and refreshments.
Meet at the Barwon Bluff car park 27W  Bluff Road, off Ewing Blyth Drive

Meeting Point: Meet at the Barwon Bluff car park 27W Bluff Road, off Ewing Blyth Drive

Site Type: Beach/Coastal

Site Supervisor: Jon Duthie


Shorebird Training Workshop – Birdlife Australia

Bar-tailed Godwit by Bill Betts
BirdLife Australia, Coastcare Victoria, and the Barwon Estuary Project are pleased to invite you to a Shorebird Training Workshop at Barwon Heads Bowling Club on Sunday 28th February from 10am until 2:30pm ****PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE ***
In this workshop you will learn about the Shorebirds of the Bellarine peninsula, their ecology, and why this internationally protected Ramsar site is so important for these beautiful birds on their migration across the world. You will also learn how to identify shorebirds, where and how to count them, and how to use Birdata (our bird counting app!).
Then, after a delicious light lunch, we will visit a local shorebird site to practise your newly learnt skills with experienced volunteers and BirdLife staff.

In these strange covid times, registration for this free event is easy and essential.
Click here to register for this free event!

When: Sunday 21st February, 10am to 2:30pm
WhereBarwon Heads Bowls Club
What to bring: Sunscreen/sunhat, insect repellent, sturdy footwear for muddy wetlands, drinking water, binoculars/camera (if you have them, loaners available if not!)

This event is suitable for experienced birdwatchers and interested beginners alike, so if you know someone who might be interested in attending then please pass the registration link on or share the event flyer (PDFPNGsquare PNG).

Looking forward to seeing you there!Kind regards,
ps. This workshop is part of a series, if you would like to be notified of workshops in other areas, email me
Laura Rhodes| Migratory Shorebird Program Coordinator
BirdLife Australia acknowledges the support of Coastcare Victoria and the Victorian Government, the Barwon Estuary Project, the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and other project partners. BirdLifeAustralia’sMigratory Shorebird Program
2-05/60 Leicester St, Carlton
shorebirds@birdlife.org.auVisit our website
Image Credit: Bar-tailed godwit by Bill Betts

Ramsar Wetlands

Capturing the Moment

A workshop with Liz McGrath


Liz McGrath, artist and educator, will guide participants as they develop a Nature Journal celebrating the habitats of the Ramsar wetlands. She will share her approach and distinctive style, as seen on everydaylizmc (Instagram).

©Liz McGrath

This workshop is open to anyone who wants to have a go.

Paper and basic supplies will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own preferred drawing and painting equipment.

Date: Sunday 14th February, 2021

Time: 9.30 am until 12.30 pm

Place: Barwon Heads Bowling Club Rooms, Village Park, Geelong Road, Barwon Heads

Cost: Free – with a $5 materials charge to be paid on arrival

Booking: email barwonestuary@gmail.com to book a place. Include your name and phone number. Confirmation of booking and more information will be forwarded to you.

There are limited places so please respond as soon as possible.

Current Covid regulations will be adhered to.

The coastal wetlands of Port Phillip Bay & the Bellarine Peninsula (salt-marshes, mangroves & seagrass beds) are vital for migratory shorebirds and as fish nurseries. Learn more about these important Ramsar sites as you explore creative ways to capture the moment.


Ramsar Wetlands: The treasure on our doorstep

Hosted by Bellarine Catchment Network and Bellarine Landcare

Online Event https://www.eventbrite.com/o/bellarine-landcare-group-31538743549

The coastal wetlands of Port Phillip Bay & the Bellarine Peninsula (salt-marshes, mangroves & seagrass beds) are vital for migratory shorebirds and as fish nurseries. They store carbon, protect Victoria from storms, and are important to the Wadawurrung. Learn about what makes these places special and the conservation efforts that aim to protect them. Wadawurrung man, Michael Cook, will conduct a Welcome to Country & share cultural knowledge at the start of each session.

SESSION 1 ~ THURSDAY 19 NOV ~ 7 – 8:30 PM

1. ‘Why Ramsar Wetlands are so important’ Prof Paul Boon, The University of Melbourne
2. ‘The Summer Visitors: Remarkable Migratory Birds’ Dr Marta Ferenczi, BirdLife Australia
3. ‘Cats & their feathered prey’ Tida Nou, Threatened Species Recovery Hub

SESSION 2 ~ THURSDAY 26 NOV ~ 7 – 8:30 PM

1. ‘Orange-bellied Parrots’ Craig Morley, Bellarine Peninsula Orange-bellied Parrot Regional Group Co-ordinator
2. ‘Port Phillip Bay’s coastal wetlands & their carbon sequestration capacity’ Dr Paul Carnell, Blue Carbon Lab
3. ‘The stories of two landholders, managing their Lake Connewarre properties to support the wetland ecology’ Bob Swinburn & Alan Applebe
4. ‘Protecting your land through a Covenant’ Chris Lindorff, Trust for Nature

Please register via the Eventbrite link (you will receive a Zoom invite once you register): https://www.eventbrite.com/…/bellarine-landcare-group… or contact Sophie at sophie@bcn.org.au

This event involves many partners and stakeholders that we would like to acknowledge including: Trust for Nature, Surf Coast and Inland Plains Landcare Network, Bays & Islands, Corangamite Catchment Management AuthorityDELWP BarwonSouthWestWadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal CorporationGeelong Field Naturalists ClubGeelong Landcare Network, Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team, Parks Victoria, Threatened Species Recovery Hub, Barwon Estuary ProjectBellarine Catchment Network and the City of Greater Geelong

Creative Writing

Reflections, Distortions and Illusions

The river was still, reflecting 

A quiet calming sunset

On closer look 

Reflections of the clouds distorted reality

The Breakwater posts now floated in the clouds

Their lengths mirrored, now doubled

An illusion


I stared

Their  mirror-image  danced as if above the water.

I stared

Marvelling at nature’s tricks.

Jan Cornell