Sunday working bees back on

Sunday working bees back on

Starting in March, we will be resuming our monthly volunteer work days – the second Sunday of each month – 10am to 2pm with a well-earned break for lunch. There is much to do at Westgate Park and we will be mostly weeding or planting. You will need...

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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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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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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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New Manager for Westgate Biodiversity

New Manager for Westgate Biodiversity

A warm welcome to Rhod Cunningham who joined the team this week as Manager of our operations. She has a wealth of plant nursery experience, great knowledge of indigenous plant species and seed collection in Greater Melbourne. Rhod has a special interest in aqu...

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Big ACF effort

Big ACF  effort

Members of the Australian Conservation Foundation – Macnamara Chapter – are very good friends of Westgate Biodiversity, regularly pitching in at Westgate Park. On Saturday they pulled out a massive pile of weeds from a part of the Park alongside th...

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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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