Bellarine and Geelong

Environmental Volunteering Calendar

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!

Join Conservation Volunteers Australia for a day of giving back to the environment and connecting with nature at Murtnaghurt Lagoon. This culturally significant area for Wadawurrung Traditional Owners provides important feeding and breeding habitat for native fish and a number of wetland-dependent bird species, including rare and endangered flora and fauna.

Together with Parks Victoria we will be hosting a day of weed extraction where volunteers can actively help preserve and protect this important wetland. Followed by a free morning tea.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Dr Doug Robinson has been visiting Swan Bay with binoculars in hand for over 50 years. He now works for the valued conservation charity Trust for Nature that has been working to permanently protect habitat on private land since 1972.

After a brief AGM reporting on SBEA activities for 2023, you are invited to enjoy his presentation on

‘The importance of private land for nature conservation on the Bellarine’

Dr Doug Robinson is a zoologist and conservation scientist who leads Trust for Nature’s Science program.  For the past 30 years, he has worked primarily in agricultural landscapes as a conservation biologist, extension officer and conservation planner, garnering experience at the interface of research, policy and program delivery for biodiversity programs.  He and his family also care for a rural property protected under conservation covenant.

In 2012/13 Doug led the team that developed Trust for Nature’s Statewide Conservation Plan for private land in Victoria – the first dedicated private-land conservation plan in Australia.  This plan has recently been revised, setting the conservation priorities for Trust for Nature until 2030.

Join the Victorian Fisheries Authority at this free canoe session on the beautiful Swan Bay. Explore this special Ramsar wetland in a different way - you may see lots of birds, maybe some Southern Fiddler-Rays and lots of seagrass and other amazing creatures!

All participants will receive an educational pack about Ramsar wetlands. These canoes are made available through support from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

  • 2 sessions: 10am - 12pm and then 12:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Ages 12 and above
  • Must be able to swim
  • Wear shoes that can get wet (no thongs or crocs)
  • Please call (03) 5258 3344 to book.

Join the Victorian Fisheries Authority at this free canoe session on the beautiful Swan Bay. Explore this special Ramsar wetland in a different way - you may see lots of birds, maybe some Southern Fiddler-Rays and lots of seagrass and other amazing creatures!

All participants will receive an educational pack about Ramsar wetlands. These canoes are made available through support from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

  • 2 sessions: 10am - 12pm and then 12:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Ages 12 and above
  • Must be able to swim
  • Wear shoes that can get wet (no thongs or crocs)
  • Please call (03) 5258 3344 to book.

Join the Victorian Fisheries Authority at this free canoe session on the beautiful Swan Bay. Explore this special Ramsar wetland in a different way - you may see lots of birds, maybe some Southern Fiddler-Rays and lots of seagrass and other amazing creatures!

All participants will receive an educational pack about Ramsar wetlands. These canoes are made available through support from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

  • 2 sessions: 10am - 12pm and then 12:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Ages 12 and above
  • Must be able to swim
  • Wear shoes that can get wet (no thongs or crocs)
  • Please call (03) 5258 3344 to book.

Join the event or volunteer

The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the issues facing the aquatic ecosystem, while showcasing both the individual contributions and the collective impact of environmental community groups, all of which share the common objective of environmental conservation.

The aim of this event is to educate, empower and inspire the Geelong and other communities to work together to make a change to protect the aquatic environment which surrounds us. We aim to link the community with local community groups already active in this space through a fun journey of exploration around our community stalls using the three themes of the event - celebrating the
beauty of the aquatic environment, examining the issues which the aquatic environment is facing and explaining what is being done to resolve these issues - and in general how the community can get involved.

Join this event
Local community organisations/groups - if this is you and you're interested in having a stall, please register your expression of interest HERE.

The group are looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to help us pull off the event. Regardless of your time, availability or your skill set, if you’re looking to get more involved and make a positive climate impact in the local community and beyond, now is the chance! Register HERE.

Contact: deakinecologicalcollective@gmail.com

Join us at family-friendly activity at Lake Lorne in Drysdale to be immersed in the environment. During this event we will learn about the local wetland birds seen in Lake Lorne, will learn about local frogs and how to identify their calls and how to, and why you should, use citizen science apps like iNaturalist. We will also help you to identify some fantastic locally indigenous plants, as well as the invasive weeds that are found all along the Bellarine Rail Trail.

Grab a brochure, booklet or guide to plants and animals while at this family-friendly session.

This event is supported by Landcare Australia Limited.

Bellarine Catchment Network and the Borough or Queenscliffe are inviting community members to attend at this community day of Shortlands Bluff to participate in bush regeneration works and find out out about recent conservation works happening including weed control and biodiversity monitoring.

Activities will include:

  • Bush regeneration activities including weed removal
  • Review forest mulcher / woody weed removal works
  • Look at citizen science flora survey techniques
  • Review revegetation plan and timelines

No need to register, just turn up. Please BYO gardening gloves. We can provide safety glasses, booklets and water.
For more information contact Bellarine Catchment Network at info@bcn.org.au

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.

Come for a walk with the Clifton Springs Curlewis Coastcare to celebrate World Seagrass Day.

World Seagrass Day is a day of awareness and celebration of the role seagrass plays in creating healthier oceans, coastlines and its role as a climate solution. It serves to highlight the importance of protecting seagrass ecosystems and increasing their resilience to challenges such as climate change, pollution and other human impacts.

Meet at the Dell in Clifton Springs by the rotunda near the beach, Friday 1st March 9:30am

Email cscecoastcare@gmail.com for more information.

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