Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

Bili Nursery, 525 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, will be open over the Christmas period – 9-4 weekdays, 10-3 Saturdays – closed public holidays. We hope to see you there.

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Dec 5 Bird survey

Dec 5 Bird survey

The survey was carried out on a bleak day and yielded a lower result than usual. However, it was very pleasing to see how much insect life there is, especially, currently, various dragonfly species. Water levels are higher than for over a decade, eliminating h...

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Nov 7 Bird survey

Nov 7 Bird survey

Both major lakes are very full – more than for at least a decade. Accordingly, wetland species numbers are down, mostly because of the current&...

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Oct 3 Bird survey

Oct 3 Bird survey

Glorious weather, but no unexpected or unusual sightings. Water levels are very high and vegetation in excellent condition. Two species of honeyeaters; White-plumed Honeyeaters and Little Wattlebirds are more abundant than usual. Insect populations are conside...

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We are hiring – coordinator of volunteers

We are hiring – coordinator of volunteers

Westgate Biodiversity is keen to employ a part-time coordinator, 1 – 2 days/week, to work with our wonderful volunteers at Westgate Park and Bili Nursery. We can be flexible with the days worked but prefer Mondays and Wednesdays. Here’s the positio...

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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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