During September, Bayside City Council is celebrating Biodiversity Month by partnering with several of our neighbouring councils to hold the Biodiversity Blitz 2023 and our volunteer run Wildflower Walks.
Plan your Sunday Spring days around these fantastic wildflower walks – a collaboration between Council and our Friends groups. Participating reserves are listed below:
- Bay Rd Heathland Sanctuary
- Gramatan Ave Heathland Sanctuary
- Cheltenham Park
- Donald McDonald Reserve
- Balcombe Park Reserve
- Long Hollow Heathland Sanctuary
For further information on times and dates, details are listed here: Banksia Bulletin.
These events are held in bushland reserves on narrow unsealed paths, so appropriate footwear must be worn, and accessibility may be limited.
Biodiversity Blitz 2023
The competition is running between all participating councils on who can record the most species. Participating is easy, all you need is your smart phone or a camera.
Join the Bayside City Council’s Biodiversity Blitz team from the 1-30 September by simply heading outdoors to snap photos of flora and fauna in Bayside and then upload to iNaturalist. You'll be contributing to community science and showing the world the amazing biodiversity Bayside has to offer.
How to join
Step 1 - Download the free iNaturalist app and register.
Step 3 - From Friday 1 September start recording your observations.
The iNaturalist app is easy to use and there is a community on iNaturalist that can help you identify your observations. It is a great way to learn about local plants and animals and get involved in local conservation.
iNaturalist for Beginners Webinar
This is an introduction to iNaturalist for those who want to participate in the multi-council Biodiversity Blitz challenge. Hosted by Yarra Ranges Council and presented by ecologist and entomologist, Luis Mata.
This webinar covered:
• Signing up to iNaturalist
• Using the phone app versus logging into the website
• How to join your council's 2023 bioblitz project
• How to take photos and upload them to iNaturalist via your phone or computer
• How to identify what you observed
The recording is now available for viewing below.
Community Champions Webinar
During this free webinar on iNaturalist, you will hear from community members across participating councils, about their experience with iNaturalist and passion for recording local fauna and flora.
When: Thursday 29 August, 7pm
There are 2 guides available to support younger folks in participating in Biodiversity Blitz, plus a iNaturalist video to watch.
Please respect our plants and wildlife when taking photos. Spring is nesting season for many birds and flowering time for many orchids and herbs so try not to damage or disturb our plants or animals. If you see young birds on the ground, please leave them unless they are obviously injured. They are fledging the nest and learning to fly, and their parents will be close by.
Visit Wildlife Victoria and the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate Action for more information.
If you come across injured wildlife, please contact Wildlife Victoria on (03) 8400 7300.
Image credit: Pauline Reynolds, Hardenbergia violacea.