CITY NATURE CHALLENGE
COMPLETED APRIL 29 & 30 2023
Join in and revitalise your neighbourhood, bringing buzz and colour closer!
In response to the City Nature Challenge (an international event encouraging people to look for wildlife in cities), Nillumbio has developed a collaborative project.
The project focuses on four sites as beacons for what’s possible when people work together with a shared vision. Each site is distinct, with unique qualities and connection to the community.
The four sites are:
- Hurstbridge Memorial Park, near the wetland - Saturday April 29th 10am
- Tadema Reserve, Eltham - Sunday April 30th 10am
- John Street through to McMahon Ball Paddock, Eltham (for local residents) Saturday April 29th 1.30pm
- Eltham East Primary School (for the school community)
You are also encouraged to create your own local site - let us know and we will support you!
What a great opportunity to speak to your neighbours, or others in your street...
What’s to be done?
Over the weekend of April 29 and 30, you are invited to gather and discover something fascinating about local plants and animals – those that currently live here, and those that once did.
The process will be in two stages:
- An ecologist will share important site-specific insights
- Observations of plants, animals & fungi will be made, photos taken, and records kept. Using iNaturalist will be supported.
Such records are valuable for many reasons. They provide a snapshot of life in a particular area, at a particular point in time. This can be compared in a year’s time, or a decade, or much longer. No experience is needed to participate.
Collecting this kind of data is a brilliant way to learn about life in our backyards, nature strips, and local reserves. This data can tell us about what we need to do if we want greater diversity of species, and greater abundance of their populations. Creating the right conditions that will support more butterflies, frogs, echidnas, birds and many other creatures throughout Nillumbik is a primary aim.
Imagine if people around here had done this a hundred years ago – what might they have seen, and what might we learn from that? Let’s make it happen!
For each site, we are partnering with a local Friends Group.
We encourage you to join their regular activities!
Friends of Diamond Creek Hurstbridge
Friends of Eltham Copper Butterfly
Friends of MacMahon Ball Paddock and
Friends of Grove Street
SUPPORTED BY NILLUMBIK SHIRE COUNCIL