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Dynamics of The Surry River Estuary

prepared by Friends of the Surry Inc.

The Surry Estuary, being a very complex environment, is a natural seasonally closed system that closes when inflows from the system’s catchment, the Cobboboonee, cease. The length of time the estuary mouth is closed and water levels reached is naturally dependent on seasonally variable conditions. Integral to this …Read more »

Main Beach looking good

Our local Cliffs group have had an enforced break from its Purge the Spurge campaign over the past few months due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Despite this the main beach is looking great. Undoubtedly as a result of the great work that was carried out in March prior to the pandemic.

The group utilized …Read more »

Celebrating our regions Biodiversity

One of our group aims is to collectively advocate for and celebrate the biodiversity assets of Portland. The following photos have been captured by my son, Raz using just a smart phone. As you will see we have plenty of beautiful plants worthy of our advocacy.

Wildflowers and Orchids of Portland spring through autumn

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Economic Benefits of Native Vegetation (EBON)

Landcare methods are restorative actions that integrate both natural resource management, farm management / enhancement and or the beautification of an environment. The methodology and agenda set by the landholder (of course) and the function determined facilitates outcomes for both the landholders personal gain and the peoples resources; our environment.

Trees are …Read more »

War on Woody Weeds

SWWAT has continued its declared War on Woody Weeds, though slowed somewhat by the shutdown they are now back in business. Weekly working bees deliver two hours of weed work, a group cuppa and chat. Almost all participants are retirees, or partly so. Attendances at working bees vary between eight and twelve. This is remarkable …Read more »

Resilient Landscapes support Biodiversity

Over the past few months we have all had the opportunity to slow down, reflect and work from home. Not being in the field has been a big challenge for me! I have really missed my beautiful outside office and the landholders and volunteers I work with.

Hopefully it won't be long now, until …Read more »

A repository for the unique plants of our Cape

This year Cape Nelson Landcare will be undertaking a variety of on ground actions to begin setting up a repository for some of the Capes unique plants.

Cape Nelson is home to a variety of unusual plants including ; the Drooping Velvet bush lasiopetalum schulzenii, Ixodia ixodia achillaeoides subsp alata (Asteraceae), the Otway Bush …Read more »

Community Planting Day 2#

Come and enjoy the great outdoors with us at Picnic Hill, Cape Nelson. You will be helping to plant 750 local plants for wildlife. A great weekend activity for grant parents and grandchildren, active families looking for a fun empowering way to give back to our community. If your young and interested in studying environmental …Read more »

Hollow Dependent Species of Portland District

Would you be prepared to make a difference to the hollow dependent species we have living locally? If the answer is yes, then we need your help!

The widespread clearing of woodland habitat has had a negative effect on many woodland bird species. The reasons are varied and the conservation of what is left is …Read more »

Portland Coastal Cliffs Inc

Our next few working bee will be focusing in the area to the left of the path below.

We need your help to free the native plants ficina nodosa, Hairy spinifex and the Oleria ramulosa from the sea spurge. In between areas will be sprayed by the Glenelg Shire Council.

Always bring appropriate footwear, …Read more »

Dung Beetle Field Day

When : March 26 2020 9:30 - 2:30

TOPICS:

Benefits of dung beetles for grazing systems and how to encourage themHow do we know if we have dung beetles and what type they are? What species are we finding locally?Local dung beetle projects including a dung beetle breeding program and demonstrationOpportunity to bring along dung …Read more »

Community Planting Day 1 #

There are so many ways you can be involved in helping our local environment but perhaps none more rewarding than planting tree's.

This events aims to support our local wildlife, a part time sheep grazier and of course our community in greening up our environment. Our aim for the day is to get 1100 indigenous …Read more »

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