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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Authority, DELWP BarwonSouthWest, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Geelong Field Naturalists Club, Geelong Landcare Network, Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team, Parks Victoria, Threatened Species Recovery Hub, Barwon Estuary Project, Bellarine Catchment Network and the City of Greater Geelong.
Barwon Estuary Online Event
Hosted By Mark Rodrigue (Parks Victoria) and Presented By Jon Duthie
Jon Duthie presents an eloquent, informative and engaging account of the Barwon Estuary Project ethos, activities and community involvement.
This event has now taken place. However you can watch a youtube video of the talk.
The Barwon Estuary is an extraordinary mix of lake, swamp, salt marsh, sea grass, mudflats, moonahs, mangroves and moonsnails.
The community based Barwon Estuary Project incorporates conservation, arts and education to inspire people’s passion for this iconic wetland.
Presenter: Jon Duthie is President of the Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea and Friends of the Bluff and has a love for all things coastal. His outstanding commitment and volunteer efforts to protect and conserve the natural environments that surround Barwon Heads including coastal vegetation, the Marine Sanctuary, and the Barwon Estuary, stretch back over several decades.
- Parks Victoria Most Parks Victoria managed reserves, parks, beaches and historic places have now reopened for day visitors. Some sites remain closed to comply with physical distancing measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). For the most up-to-date list of closures in parks, visit https://fal.cn/382Qx
Robert Powell is a UK based photographer who travelled to our area in 2019 and photographed many of our local Moonah. On his website, Moonahs are displayed to give an idea of the character and variety of mature to old.Delight in his pictures, and learn a bit more about Moonahs at: http://robertpowelltreeseast.org/moonah/
- 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 short course. Edx, for example, offers 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.
Whatever you do to keep occupied, we hope that you stay healthy. We look forward to spending time with you in the future.
CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA – Thanks to all the people who came along and assisted with cleaning up a section of our Ramsar river bank and the Moonah Park. One real positive from the morning was that there were no plastic bags to be found.
WRITING WORKSHOP – This writing workshop taught participants how to write about the beauty of nature and the environment. Facilitated by Harry Saddler, author of the Eastern Curlew, all who attended came away inspired, feeling more in touch with nature and admiring Harry’s writing process. We want to thank the Barwon Heads Community Arts Garden for allowing us to utilise their fantastic facilities.
COASTAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – Local photography guru Martin Griffith helped photography enthusiasts improve their coastal photography. He guided them by showing how considering your angle, depth, light source and editing can affect the final photo. We would like to thank Barwon Coast for allowing us to utilise the Education Room behind the Barwon Heads Heritage Centre (The Lobster Pot).
BOTANY IN A BAG – The wonderful local artist and botanist Cassy led this group through some basic drawing techniques. Inspired by the beautiful indigenous flora local to the Barwon Heads area, participants learnt both about how to find confidence in drawing and learnt some scientific facts about the plants too! Once again, we would like to thank Barwon Coast for allowing us to utilise the Education Room behind the Barwon Heads Heritage Centre.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM
The community education program has included:
- 9 bird photography workshops
- Guided Estuary walks
- 5 creative writing workshops
- art workshops
- Barwon Estuary Blitz
- science lectures
- school programs
- Litter Counts
- public displays
- mudflat meander
- Community forum – Climate Change and the Barwon Estuary
- Textile Art Workshop with Susan Mathews
- Fragile Beauty ~ The Barwon Estuary Exhibition
- 3 Guided Walks
- 3 Photography Workshops
- 2 Sketching by the Barwon afternoons
- Weekly Botanic Art Classes with Rhonda Favoloro
- Florilegium Group
- Biodiversity In Your Backyard presentation
- Victorian Coastal Awards Finalist
Art Workshops Winter 2017
Mixed Media Painting: Kaz McGlynn, local artist, presented some amazing ways to capture the vibrancy of the Barwon estuary by painting with mixed media.
Botanical Drawing: Local botanical artist and horticulturalist, Cassy Twomey, demonstrated artistic techniques for capturing the fragile beauty of the Barwon Estuary’s plant life.
Sketching Nature: Award winning writer, illustrator and educator, Trace Balla, provided insights into how a simple sketch can convey a world of meaning.