Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Black-fronted DotterelJoin thousands of people between 20 — 26 October to take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count — BirdLife Australia’s nationwide bird survey. All it takes is 20 minutes in your backyard, or favourite outdoor space, local park, beach, forest or paddock, to be a part of this exciting event. If you are not sure what a particular bird is called then there is a link to help you with identification. Looks like a fun activity to do.
If you are in the Ballarat Library this week there is a display focused on National Bird Week.

Seed Collection and Storage Workshops

seed workshopThere are other opportunities to get involved as well

Learn how to collect and grow native plants with the Leigh Catchment Group
Smart Living Ballarat, 14 Lydiard Street Ballarat Saturday 25 October 9.30- 11.30
Seed Collection Day – free field session at Napoleans on Saturday 1 November 9.30 -11.30
Space is limited at both these sessions so please book a seat

10th Anniversary of Triassic Park, Darley

Trench Reserve is an area of geological significance

Trench Reserve is an area of geological significance

Are you interested in geology, prehistoric plants, enjoy a great view or just keen to celebrate the work of a volunteer committee? Council Trench Reserve  was saved from being turned into another housing development and has an interesting history.

To celebrate Earth Sciences Week 2014, Bacchus Marsh Council Trench Reserve Management Committee Inc. invite all interested people to visit this Crown land reserve to help celebrate the volunteer management committee’s 10 years of progress.

WHEN: Saturday October 18th 2014.
TIME: 10.30 – 11.30 a.m.
WHERE: Council Trench Reserve aka Triassic Park,Tramway Lane, Darley (Bacchus Marsh). (Melway – Map 333 C 3)

Walking tours of the reserve will be offered and a new sign explaining the geological significance of the Triassic-aged sedimentary rocks in the Council Trench will be introduced.

For more details
Contact Chairperson Roger Pierson – Email:

Volunteers wanted for hawkweed search at Falls Creek

hawkweedVolunteer recruitment is now open for the 2014/2015 season Falls Creek Volunteer Hawkweed Survey.

We would greatly appreciate if you could please inform all your contacts as we need to recruit as many volunteers as possible.

As you may already know, hawkweeds are a highly invasive pest plant species which can cause major environmental damage in alpine & sub-alpine areas of Australia if not eradicated early. Participating in the Falls Creek Volunteer surveys is a great way to help protect the Victorian Alps from this dangerous weed, as well as a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the magnificent alpine environment during the green summer months.

If you, your friends, family or colleagues would like to attend or have any further questions, please contact Yohanna from Parks Victoria via email:

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Warm regards, Weed Spotters

GFNC Wider Geelong Flora Lecture

View  over a small section of the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens

View over a small section of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

Geelong Field Naturalists’ Club is hosting the Wider Geelong Flora Lecture on Tuesday 14th October  at 7pm with John Arnott – The role of botanic gardens in plant conservation
John Arnott is a previous director of the Geelong Botanic Gardens where he oversaw the development of the 21st Century Garden Project. After leaving Geelong, John was involved with several projects with working for the City of Melbourne and at Wilson Botanic Park in Berwick, before starting his current role as Manager Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.
John is acknowledged as a visionary horticulturalist with a passion for creating gardens that engage the public and also play a role in conserving flora and fauna.
Meet at 7:00pm to socialise with tea & coffee prior to 7:30pm presentation.
Venue: Meeting rooms of the Geelong Botanic Gardens