Bellarine and Geelong

Environmental Volunteering Calendar

Help restore the Narrows, Queenscliff

The Narrows is a thin section of Moonah woodland situated next to Dog Beach, Queenscliff. In partnership with the Borough of Queenscliffe and the Borough Coastcarers group, we have been removing weeds at this site for many years and invite the wider community to find out about our conservation efforts, some of the local weeds impacting these places and contribute via weeding and planting of more Moonahs.

This activity will include a guided walk within the woodlands of the Narrows, information about plants and animals found nearby and some weeding and tree planting. The event will end with a complimentary morning tea. Please wear enclosed shoes and weather appropriate clothing. BYO water bottle and hat. Biscuits, tea and coffee and milk varieties will be provided.

Location: This event is being held at the Narrows, Queenscliff. Park in the Dog Beach carpark, opposite 4 Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff.
Google Maps Link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/i6Cfamu3Ug7PCHw48

Please email info@bcn.org.au for any questions. This event is supported by the Borough of Queenscliffe.

Explore the woodland of Point Lonsdale

Bunnywoods is a beautiful section of Moonah woodland along the Point Lonsdale foreshore, home to birds, bugs, bats and more. Join this family-friendly environment day to find out about the plants and animals that call this place home.

This activity will include a guided walk along the tracks of Bunnywoods, a scavenger hunt for kids and some weeding (optional). This woodland has some invasive weeds including Blue Periwinkle that requires community assistance to remove by hand.

The event will end with a complimentary morning tea. Please wear enclosed shoes and weather appropriate clothing. BYO water bottle and hat. Biscuits, tea and coffee and milk varieties will be provided.

Location: This event is in Bunnywoods, the woodland south of Royal Park Caravan Park. Park along Jordan or Williams Road, cross the road towards the foreshore and enter the park via the 'exit only' driveway. Be aware of traffic crossing the road and entering the park. Look for the Bellarine Catchment Network vehicle and signage.
Google Maps Link: https://maps.app.goo.gl/JcZGXoP4VA2x2idz8

Please email info@bcn.org.au for any questions. This event is supported by the Borough of Queenscliffe.

Join Bellarine Catchment Network and Bellarine Landcare at this native grassland and weed identification and removal session along the Bellarine Railway Corridor. Help us restore precious Grassy Woodland habitat by removing invasive grass weeds - learn about their identification, impact and help us spot and record some of the good indigenous species.

There will be a table with free plant booklets, wildlife brochures and also some great indigenous grasses as examples to show you what you can pick up from the Bellarine Landcare or Queenscliff Indigenous Nursery.

Meet on the corner of the Bellarine Railway and Swan Bay Road. Park on either side of the road and walk towards the northern side of Swan Bay Road.

Gardening gloves, safety glasses, tools and weed bags will be provided. Please wear long pants, long shirt and sturdy shoes. A hat and water bottle are always a good idea.

The date will be changed if the weather conditions are unfavourable. Contact info@bcn.org.au for more information.

This event is supported by Bellarine Railway, Landcare Australia Limited and VicTrack.

Help the Geelong Field Naturalists Club remove Boneseed

The club’s ongoing commitment to controlling Boneseed in this part of the You Yangs is an example of what can be achieved through perseverance in the face of what many consider an insurmountable undertaking. 

Directions:
• after entering the You Yangs Regional Park, take the sealed road to the Turntable which is clearly marked with Parks Victoria signs
• our assembly area at The Saddle is reached via the Turntable car park access to Rockwell Rd—the entry gate to Rockwell Rd is located to the right of the toilet block
• the gate will be unlocked at 8.45.a.m. and at 9.00 a.m. we will travel in convoy to our assembly area; likewise at 3.00 pm. for departure
• if you arrive after 9.00 a.m. the gate will be closed but unlocked
• the Rangers are happy to leave the gate unlocked provided you close it after entry or exit
• there will be a witch’s hat in front of the gate to deter visitors parking over the painted 'NO PARKING' sign
• remove and reposition as required on entry or exit.

NOTE: When travelling from the Rockwell Rd access gate to our assembly area Parks Victoria requires all vehicles to have HAZARD LIGHTS OPERATING. This is due to many hikers/families using Rockwell Rd as a walking track so the road is considered a shared zone. Please be mindful of this if you arrive late or leave early and adjust your speed accordingly ie. 20 km/hr or less.

Bring: Gloves, eye protection (some safety glasses will be available if you don’t have any), mattock (optional). Wear suitable clothing ie. long sleeves/trousers, high visibility vest/top and robust footwear.

Plus bring morning tea/lunch, sunscreen, hat, rain gear (depending on weather forecast). Also camera and binoculars as there is always time to check out the fauna and flora.

Location You Yangs: The Saddle

Rob Beardsley 03 5241 1951 mobile number 0455 432 353. On the day/days Rob Beardsley on his mobile.

Help the Geelong Field Naturalists Club remove Boneseed

The club’s ongoing commitment to controlling Boneseed in this part of the You Yangs is an example of what can be achieved through perseverance in the face of what many consider an insurmountable undertaking. 

Directions:
• after entering the You Yangs Regional Park, take the sealed road to the Turntable which is clearly marked with Parks Victoria signs
• our assembly area at The Saddle is reached via the Turntable car park access to Rockwell Rd—the entry gate to Rockwell Rd is located to the right of the toilet block
• the gate will be unlocked at 8.45.a.m. and at 9.00 a.m. we will travel in convoy to our assembly area; likewise at 3.00 pm. for departure
• if you arrive after 9.00 a.m. the gate will be closed but unlocked
• the Rangers are happy to leave the gate unlocked provided you close it after entry or exit
• there will be a witch’s hat in front of the gate to deter visitors parking over the painted 'NO PARKING' sign
• remove and reposition as required on entry or exit.

NOTE: When travelling from the Rockwell Rd access gate to our assembly area Parks Victoria requires all vehicles to have HAZARD LIGHTS OPERATING. This is due to many hikers/families using Rockwell Rd as a walking track so the road is considered a shared zone. Please be mindful of this if you arrive late or leave early and adjust your speed accordingly ie. 20 km/hr or less.

Bring: Gloves, eye protection (some safety glasses will be available if you don’t have any), mattock (optional). Wear suitable clothing ie. long sleeves/trousers, high visibility vest/top and robust footwear.

Plus bring morning tea/lunch, sunscreen, hat, rain gear (depending on weather forecast). Also camera and binoculars as there is always time to check out the fauna and flora.

Location You Yangs: The Saddle

Rob Beardsley 03 5241 1951 mobile number 0455 432 353. On the day/days Rob Beardsley on his mobile.

Join the Clifton Springs Curlewis Coastcare to remove weeds from the fragile coastline.

Join Clifton Springs Curlewis Coastcare and Deirdre Murphy, Regional Citizen Science Project Officer from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, to learn about Waterwatch monitoring activities performed along the coast and their findings and then teach us how to perform these tasks.

Meet at the Clifton Springs Boat Harbour car park near the swimming beach.

The Clifton Springs Curlewis Coastcare Group and Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN), works in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG), and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA). The group works on habitat restoration and environmental monitoring of the marine and foreshore areas and promotes the awareness of their environmental values in the community.

 

Join the Clifton Springs Curlewis Coastcare to remove weeds from the fragile coastline.

Join Clifton Springs Curlewis Coastcare and the City of Greater Geelong staff to learn about invasive weeds that affect our Coastline and assist the group to remove weeds from one of our beautiful beaches.

CoGG Environmental Officers will explain the nature of some of the weeds by and on the beach and we will remove some and saw the larger shrubs/trees. The location will be close to where the highly successful and productive session was held last month.

Meet west of Beacon Point, beach access ramp opposite 34 Edgewater Drive, Clifton Springs.

Some parking available on the grassed area during the event. Look out for signage at the top of the ramp to the beach, near the lookout platform. All welcome.

There will be a brief introduction and safety assessment at the meeting point before starting activities on the foreshore, mainly weeding by hand. If you have, bring your hand weeding fork/puller or small trowel.

Please bring the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) if you can: Hat, Sunscreen, Suitable footwear (no open shoes), Long/ longs are recommended, Gloves (we will have spares if required), Sunglasses (protective eyewear). Bring own food and drink.

The Clifton Springs Curlewis Coastcare Group and Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN), works in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG), and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA). The group works on habitat restoration and environmental monitoring of the marine and foreshore areas and promotes the awareness of their environmental values in the community.

 

SUNDAY - 19 MAY 2024

The Friends of Edwards Point are inviting you to join them in experiencing the tranquility of this unique fragment of coastal bush. An opportunity to meditate surrounded by exceptional indigenous forest and led by a qualified yoga teacher and a qualified psychologist.

Join the Bellarine Catchment Network and Corangamite CMA for a day weeding on Mud Islands. Help protect and enhance habitat by removing invasive weeds along the beach and dunes.

Mud Islands are part of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) & Bellarine Peninsula RAMSAR site. The habitat on the islands includes saltmarsh, mudflats and dune shrubland, these habitats are critical for the survival of many species of bird, endangered species like the White-faced Storm Petrel and migratory shorebirds.

Meeting Point: We will be meeting at Queenscliff Harbour (map location here), where we will be taking a boat with Queenscliff Dive Centre from the Marina out to the island. Please ensure you arrive on time so that you do not miss the boat and you can fill out required forms before departure.

Catering: Morning tea and lunch will be provided – please provide dietary requirements by contacting Rachael Beecham rachael.beecham@ccma.vic.gov.au

It may get cold on the boat, so please bring a warm jacket/rain jacket. You will get wet. We will be wading through water around knee height when we get off the boat, so it is suggested to wear shorts/bathers/wetsuit and/or have a change of clothes.

Bring a hat, drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, binoculars and wear sturdy shoes.

NOTE: If the weather becomes unfavourable, the event will be postponed and participants will be notified as soon as possible.

Join Conservation Volunteers Australia at Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve to help restore the last remaining stand of coastal woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula. We're teaming up with the Friends of Edwards Point for a day of weed extraction, followed by morning tea and the chance to explore the stunning flora of the reserve.

The Two Bays Lookout provides visitors with breath taking views of both Port Phillip and Swan Bay, where you can discover remote beaches that are home to resident and migratory wader birds. The reserve is a Ramsar site and an international flyway, making it an incredibly significant location to protect and conserve.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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