Sparrovale Wetland Master Plan

Have your say.

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.

Find out more and leave feedback here: https://yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au/SWMP


Winter By The Sea

Register your Interest!

Parks Victoria and Coastcare Victoria are pleased to invite you to join us for a range of activities over the next few months to keep you connected with each other and the sea.

Included in the program are :


“The Speakers Tent”. Our expert volunteers and scientists will take you on a fortnightly deep dive along Victoria’s coast with live presentations and a chance to ask your questions.

“The Workshop”. Grow your marine and coastal skills and knowledge by joining one of our monthly live interactive workshops starting in June.


“The VR Room”. Each month a new virtual field trip led by Parks Victoria staff will explore some of the key habitats of Victoria’s marine and coastal protected areas.

To register your interest please complete the following form indicating which activities you would like to join.


The Winter by the Sea program is attached.


Marine National Parks Podcast

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 series we 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 murray.scipn@gmail.com or 0455 500 542. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing, sturdy footwear and BYO binoculars, a hat and water.

Attendance is 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 and lunch provided.

𝗣𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 before the 13th of April:

This event is organised in partnership with Bellarine LandcareTrust for Nature, the Surf Coast Inland Plains Network, Bays & Islands, Corangamite Catchment Management AuthorityDELWP BarwonSouthWest, Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team, Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation trading as WadawurrungGeelong Field Naturalists ClubParks VictoriaThreatened Species Recovery HubBarwon Estuary ProjectBellarine Catchment Network and the City of Greater Geelong.


Festival of the Sea – Coming to Barwon Heads

WADER BIRD ART Paint your own bird

All are welcome to this free family friendly arts activity at the Festival of the Sea.

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.

No RSVP required.

An example of the wader bird art

Estuary Protectors, the Board Game has arrived.

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: barwonestuary@gmail.com

By Loredriguez


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!


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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