Westgate Park bird survey 4 April

Westgate Park bird survey 4 April

Highlights of the April survey were the high number of Grey Fantails – possibly four separate groups. And a sighting of an early visitor in the shape of a female Flame Robin, along the Yarra in the planted shoreline belts. This area is frequently used by fis...

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Volunteers bounce back at WBBNL

Volunteers bounce back at WBBNL

After two difficult, COVID-affected years, Westgate Biodiversity and Bili Nursery Landcare is set to relaunch its volunteer program. Starting soon in the nursery, potential volunteers who have previously expressed an interest will be contacted with the aim of ...

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Yabbies’ many roles in ecosystems

Yabbies’ many roles in ecosystems

Whether eating or being eaten, yabbies play a vital role in wetland ecosystems such as Westgate Park. Yabbies have been recorded in the park for more than a decade. Here’s a sighting from a survey conducted on 15/11/2010: “It was exciting to find a...

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Westgate Park bird survey 7 March

Westgate Park bird survey 7 March

Forty-six bird species were sighted along the Westgate Park survey route on a humid but clear March day. When added to opportunistic sightings between surveys, a total of 64 species were sighted in February and early March. On the day itself, lake levels were ...

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Westgate Park bird survey 31 Jan

Westgate Park bird survey 31 Jan

Lake levels are still very high, and the park is a pleasure to explore. Interesting species this month were an Australian Darter, a Brown Quail and a Budgerigar, the first for the park and apparently a wild bird rather than an aviary escapee, which unfortunate...

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Unlocking secrets of samphire

Unlocking secrets of samphire

Westgate Park is home to the only area of saltmarsh to be found between the Yarra and the Mornington Peninsula. And native samphire (Sarcocornia quinqueflora), a succulent and edible plant, is a vital part of the saltmarsh environment. But there is a big probl...

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How many river red gums in a propagation tray?

How many river red gums in a propagation tray?

We’ve been having some notable successes at the Bili Nursery over recent months. Here’s a tray of river red gum seedlings (eucalyptus camaldulensis) prior to pricking out. Have a guess how many potentially towering trees there are in this tray. I s...

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Bird survey 6 December

Bird survey 6 December

Hot, blustery, and humid weather suppressed a great deal of bird activity, but with good habitat conditions the superb fairy-wrens continue to breed. Overall, however the park looks good with larger trees well recovered from the near-drought conditions that pr...

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Bird survey 1 November

Bird survey 1 November

This survey recorded the first eastern rosella seen in the park 2016. Clamorous reed warblers are back in number, and the high number of white-browed scrub-wrens. The water in both major lakes is at very high levels, with almost all the smaller islands in the ...

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Garden gift ideas for Christmas

Garden gift ideas for Christmas

The tree that just keeps giving Black she-oak (allocasuarina littoralis) is available at the Bili Nursery in mantelpiece- or shelf-friendly sizes, perfect for a splash of seasonal greenery and decoration. And once the celebrations are over, plant a sapling to ...

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