What Stage 4 lockdown means for us

What Stage 4 lockdown means for us

Bili Nursery is able to continue operation because we are a ‘wholesaler to the garden industry’ and this means we can fill existing and new plant orders with local government – our main customers – for which we are very grateful. There ...

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6 July Bird Survey finds Barn Owl

6 July Bird Survey finds Barn Owl

Thanks to continuing rains, water levels and quality in the fresh water lake are very high with consequent reduced numbers of several species of water birds. The salt lake level now reads .83 m – up .03m from last survey. Vegetation throughout the park conti...

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A walk in the park

A walk in the park

It’s 9 am, 2 deg. and sunny. I start at Lorimer Street near the punt. People everywhere – jogging, dog-walking, fishing, a walking race, cycling. The river is glistening and calm, other than the occasional boat wash. Across the way, industrial neig...

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Doing it for Koalas

Doing it for Koalas

Bili Nursery received a very special order from the Clancy Koala Foundation for 3,500 Eucalyptus goniocalyx – Long-leafed Box or Bundy. These trees will be used by the Foundation for planting days on private land in the You Yangs, west of Melbourne, to r...

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Our latest project

Our latest project

The new toilet block was very welcome and we are pleased with how it turned out. It’s now been landscaped and this week we mulched and planted the garden beds. Many thanks to the volunteers who did the work – it’s looking splendid!

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Fungi on show

Fungi on show

After good rain and cool weather, the fungal sporing bodies – the ‘mushrooms’ – are popping up throughout Westgate Park. As we can’t run fungi forays right now, we will bring you regular updates on what’s appearing in the Pa...

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Covid-19 policy

Covid-19 policy

We have implemented a policy of containment for the virus to keep our staff and volunteers safe. If you intend to come to Bili Nursery or Westgate Park for volunteering, please ring Nic beforehand on 0401 790 423 and be sure to read our policy carefully. Thank...

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Bird survey 2 March

Bird survey 2 March

Thanks to better-than-average summer rainfall, the large Freshwater and Saltwater Lake levels are high, as before, bringing small numbers of diving feeders such as Little Pied and Little Black Cormorants, Hardheads, Australasian Grebes and Hoary...

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New bird species list out

New bird species list out

The total number of bird species recorded in the Park is now 162 and in 2019, 88 bird species were observed – more than half!

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Flowering now – the sedges

Flowering now – the sedges

Lepidospermum concavum – Sandhill Sword-sedge (top) is a handsome sedge with sharp-edged leaves often tipped with reddish-brown. Its flowers are small whitish, emerging from brown spikelets. Eleocharis acuta – Common Spike-sedge is a semi-aquatic s...

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