Get the Westgate Park app

Get the Westgate Park app

Plants and fungi: a field guide – has gone live! This IOS app will help people identify the plants they see, not just in Westgate Park but around Melbourne and regions of Victoria, together with fungi recorded in the Park in over the last decade. The app...

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Sunday volunteering at Westgate Park

Sunday volunteering at Westgate Park

For over 20 years, volunteers have been looking after Westgate Park – planting, weeding, mulching, cleaning up and general gardening. Our main work days are Mondays and Wednesdays but we have now resumed volunteering in the Park on the third Sunday of ea...

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6 Feb Bird survey

6 Feb Bird survey

A major impression from the survey was the number of younger birds nearing maturity in the case of many species, and the fact that breeding has not stopped yet. Insect life seems diverse which is good for the ecology. The very high number of Superb Fairy Wrens...

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Volunteers wanted – working with seed

Volunteers wanted – working with seed

Some of our indigenous plants are grown by cuttings or division but most are propagated from seed. Preparing seeds, or seed cleaning, is a hugely important role in our propagation process. But all it requires is an aptitude for careful and methodical work, gui...

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Clematis microphylla

Clematis microphylla

Ubiquitous, unique, fragrant, and dioecious. On any visit to Westgate Park in winter/spring you can’t miss the sweet perfume of this small-leaved Clematis. It can scramble over the ground and climb as high as 3 meters over other plants or rocky outcrops. It&...

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Thanks, JH and Melb Water

Thanks, JH and Melb Water

The crew from John Holland and Melbourne Water are working in the park on the major task of duplicating the sewer under the Yarra River – a project to be completed in 2024. They took time out this week to see more of the park and to help out with spring ...

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Sept 5 Bird survey

Sept 5 Bird survey

The Park is very green and plants are thriving. Water levels are high, and volunteers including corporate staff, are doing great work extending understorey vegetation. Common Froglets abound in some water bodies, and as usual, the Brushtail Possum near the bar...

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Telstra Purple steps up

Telstra Purple steps up

Thanks to the Telstra crew for a morning of tough weed-pulling in the Southern Wetlands followed by planting on the steep slopes of the freshwater lake edge and along the steps up the hill. Thanks too to our core volunteers for making it happen. The earth arou...

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Coastcare project 2022

Coastcare project 2022

People often turn a cheek to the saltmarsh, it has rarely captured interest in the same way our forests or flowering heathlands historically have. The slippery sedimentary soils, blaring heat and occasionally offensive odours don’t lure the passer-by, but th...

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August 8 Bird survey

August 8 Bird survey

The park is in excellent condition, volunteers are busy, and visitors frequent. Most water bodies are almost full and hosting common froglets. Our prominent resident possum is still with us, half in and half out of its jagged hollow. Especially pleasing sighti...

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