Recruiting for new manager

Recruiting for new manager

If you are interested in biodiversity and in playing a significant role in improving the bushland environment of Westgate Park and indeed in the Sandbelt Region of Melbourne, this may be for you.  It means leading a large and keen group of volunteers...

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Pollinators project findings

Pollinators project findings

You are invited to the final workshops in our Providing for Pollinators project at which RMIT researchers will present the findings.

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Field Naturalists visit

Field Naturalists visit

We were delighted to have participants in the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria Symposium come to Westgate Park for a Field Trip. After a long walk through the Park we paused at the Freshwater Lake lookout where firstly an Australian Darter and then a family ...

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Best friends Award

Best friends Award

Tony and George shared the Victorian Environment Friends Network Best Friends Award 2019, supported by a contingent of members of Westgate Biodiversity. Here’s how their contribution was described: George provides the knowledge base in how, what and wher...

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August bird survey

August bird survey

Over 40 mm of rain in July turned the park around; vegetation recovered rapidly, although many dead trees and shrubs remain from the preceding dry months. Resident species such as Superb Fairy-wrens and White-plumed Honeyeaters are present in high numbers, alo...

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Regeneration

Regeneration

Our aim in putting plants in the ground is to improve biodiversity – that’s a given. But what we most want to see is sustainability – plants healthy and reproducing, kept in balance by natural processes.   Very dry conditions and, until ...

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Bird’s nests (the fungal sort)

Bird’s nests (the fungal sort)

The fungi we see above ground are the sporing bodies – much like fruit on plants – and they disperse tiny spores to produce the next generation. Methods of dispersal are hugely diverse and, in this, Bird’s nests are particularly interesting. ...

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New coral

New coral

Ramaria abietina is the first coral fungus to be recorded in the Park, so-called because they resemble marine corals. Corals are different from agarics and boletes in that the spores are on the external surface of the upper branches. R. abietina is a species f...

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Fungi Foray

Fungi Foray

Sunday June 30 was a productive morning with 20 species in all recorded in one small section along Woodland Walk in Westgate Park. This was a good result given the fact that for the previous week the weather had been warm, windy and dry – not ideal condi...

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June 2019 bird survey

June 2019 bird survey

Vegetation recovering after recent rain provides good habitat for a range of birds, including numerous Superb Fairy-wrens and the usual honeyeater species. Water quality in the Large Freshwater Lake appears very good – most water birds were obs...

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