April 2019 bird survey

April 2019 bird survey

After many dry months and just 3 mm of rain in March, Westgate Park is severely stressed, with numerous dead shrubs and trees, especially narrow-leafed peppermints and banksias. Although some eucalypts, including the large Ironbark near the windmill, are flowe...

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March 2019 bird survey

March 2019 bird survey

After a long run of extreme heat and almost no rain in January and February park vegetation is stressed, with some shrubs dying. Nevertheless, the survey produced exciting results and 53 species. A larger than usual range of land-based bird species observed in...

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Native propagation Masterclass

David Sparks, Manager, Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery & Landcare is presenting the Sustainable Gardening Australia master class in propagating indigenous plants from seed. Below are the details: Join us at Westgate Park (Via Todd Rd Port Melbourne) as...

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Sept 2018 bird survey

Sept 2018 bird survey

The first Black-winged Stilts have appeared after their winter absence on the edge of the drainage basin above the south-east corner of the Saltwater Lake. Lots of male superb Fairy-wrens are now in their breeding plumage. By Andrew McCutcheon & Rob You...

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Luis Mata on pollinators, ABC RN

Luis Mata on pollinators, ABC RN

Hear Luis talking about pollinator insects in the City of Melbourne, the pollinator observatories at Westgate Park, the import role insects play in supporting healthy parklands and why understorey plants are necessary to foster this. ABC Radio National Bluepri...

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National Tree Day(s) 27 & 29 July

National Tree Day(s) 27 & 29 July

Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery & Landcare and 77 eager volunteers planted over 2000 indigenous plants at three events to celebrate National Tree Day: Friday.  City of Melbourne staff, their Citizen Foresters plus 14 volunteers put in more than 500 un...

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Monarch visits

Monarch visits

The Wanderer – Danaus plexippus or Monarch, shown here on Pimelea sp. – Rice Flower, is an uncommon and somewhat puzzling visitor to Victoria. According to Museum Victoria’s Butterflies: Identification and Life History: Populations are tempo...

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Pollinators & Westgate Park: winter citizen science workshop

We have established a network of ‘pollinator observatories’ in Westgate Park. At this workshop you will learn to identify several insect pollinators, including native and non-native bees and butterflies. We will then visit the pollinator observatories to m...

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Pollinators workshop

Pollinators workshop

At our winter workshop participants learned to identify several insect pollinators, including native and non-native bees and butterflies. We then visited the pollinator observatories to make observations of plant-insect interactions. This was the fifth in this...

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