Bellarine and Geelong

Environmental Volunteering Calendar

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.

Friday March 24th 7.30 pm Uniting Church Hall Corner of Stokes & Hesse Street Queenscliff

When and where was the last Southern Brown Bandicoot seen locally?  Bandicoots are cute animals that were once abundant and played an important ecological role in maintaining local vegetation, digging and aerating soil and spreading vital fungi via droppings. The Bandicoots were able to maintain small populations long after the initial white settlers radically changed the habitats of the Bellarine. But what of them now?

After a brief AGM reporting on SBEA activities for 2022, you are invited to discover which other indigenous animals similarly struggled, but also the animals that managed to thrive in the changed landscape when local wildlife expert Barry Lingham speaks about Historical Changes to our Local Fauna.

Barry is a retired secondary school teacher with a strong interest in the ecological connections of the Bellarine flora and fauna and the development of systems to conserve local biodiversity. He is a Life Member of both the Geelong Field Naturalists Club and the Friends of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve.

Friends of the Barwon are pleased to announce that our guest speaker for the evening will be Tracey Slatter, Managing Director, Barwon Water who will talk about the Urban Water Strategy/Water for our Future.

A light supper and tea/coffee will be served

For catering purposes, please RSVP:

Join Clifton Springs Curlewis Coastcare and Bellarine Catchment Network at this inaugural Annual General Meeting.

This event will feature special guest speakers Craig Morley from the Geelong Field Naturalists Club 'Some Birds of the Northern Bellarine’ and Margot Busch from Ocean Grove Coastcare 'Journey, challenges and rewards of being involved in Coastcare'. Details below:

  • Tuesday 15th of November
  • 7pm - 9pm
  • SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre

All committee positions vacant. No need to register. Contact for information.

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