Gone Gardening is a group of keen gardeners who meet on the third Thursday of the month at 1.30pm The group is coordinated through the Sorrento Community Centre.
In April the group visited have Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens - a must see garden made at the top of the Dandenongs where a maze of stone walls are set within woodlands of magnificent and historic cool climate trees.
Next month guest speaker Mather Stahmer from the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will be speaking about Coastal Planting
We are happy to welcome other interested gardeners to join us for this interesting presentation and afternoon tea on Thursday 14th May at the Sorrento Community Centre, 868 Melbourne road, Sorrento Bookings email: email@example.com or phone 5984.3360
Bird Life on the
3941 Rye Beachpatrol is a group of volunteers which meets once a month to clean the beach. We are supported by Beachpatrol (beachpatrol.com.au) and the Mornington Peninsula Shire. There are many people on the peninsula who pick up rubbish in their areas, some of whom have already joined us. We encourage you all to come along for our next beach clean. You may wish to start your own group at a later date. Together, we have fun, collect more and help our beaches. Look for the very bright orange tee shirts! Hope to see you there!
Our Next Clean is Saturday, May 2, at 2 pm. Please meet in the carpark just east of the Rye Yacht Club. Wear your tee shirt and bring your gloves. New members and visitors welcome!
BirdLife Australia has a membership of over 10,000.
Birdlife Australia Mornington Peninsula has a membership of over 200.
Every month we have two outings to a multitude of locations on the peninsula ranging from better known venues such as Coolart, The Briars, Greens Bush, Langwarrin Fauna & Flora Reserve , Jacks Beach and Devil’s Bend Reservoir to lesser known reserves such as Woodland Tuerong, Sweetwater Creek Reserve, and Endeavour Gully Reserve.
We are also actively involved in education and conservation issues. Some of our members are involved in bird monitoring including species as the Hooded Plovers, under threat, on the peninsula ocean beaches.
The 2015 BirdLife Mornington Peninsula AGM will be held at The Briars theatrette on Wednesday the 13th of May, commencing with a bird walk on the property at 9am.
The AGM will be preceeded by morning tea at 10.30am, after which a talk will be given by Andrew Silcocks of our National Office on the birds of Spitzbergen.
All welcome and if you feel you could help by nominating for the committee, please call our Secretary Ray Pentland on 5986.4717. The committee obligations are not onerous and you will be helping preserve our wonderful bird life.
For more information visit our website: birdlife.org.au/birdlife-mornington-peninsula where you can find links to our events diary and read or download a copy of our newsletter.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 03 9789 0224.
BIRD LIFE OUTINGS
Sunday, May 17
Mornington Peninsula National Park
Highfield Circuit, Boneo Road, Cape Schanck
Meet at 10:00am in car park on Boneo Road - 1st car park on Rosebud side of Boneo Road
Melway reference 259 J7
Contact BirdLife Mornington Peninsula on 0429-947-893
Song Thrush sightings
Mark Lethlean has photographed a Song Thrush at Red Hill on three occasions, 20 January 2006, 9 January 2010 and 5 January 2015, either at his place or Kangerong Reserve. This photograph is of the one seen in January this year.
“I have only seen them occasionally up here in the dense bush. They are shy and can be confused with Bassian Thrush. Interestingly over nine years I have only seen them in January. Are many Song Thrushes seen on the Mornington Peninsula?”
If you have records of Song Thrushes I would love to hear from you. Val Ford, 5984 0039, email@example.com
Reproduced with kind permission of
Mornington Peninsula Birdlife
The Balcombe Estuary Reserves
Balcombe Creek arises at the back of Mt Eliza and flows through Baxter and the Moorooduc plain, before it is joined by Devilbend Creek and turns westwards towards Port Phillip. The Boon wurrung, the Mornington Peninsula’s traditional owners, called it Tji’tjin’garook – the voice of frogs.
The Balcombe Estuary Reserves, declared in 1987, covers 44 hectares between the Nepean Highway and the coastline. They protect the last unspoilt estuary on the eastern side of Port Phillip. The Reserves are a haven for local flora and fauna. Plants range from native orchids, tiny ground hugging herbs and flowering shrubs, to Swamp Paperbarks, She-okes and stately Manna Gums. Wetland birds graze and roost about the estuary – including Egrets, Spoonbills, Cormorants, Pelicans, Ducks, Water Fowl and Herons. Among the native fish species in the creek, is the nationally threatened Dwarf Galaxia. Lizards, skinks and frogs find shelter among fallen logs and low plants. Woodland birds range from tiny Wrens, Thornbills, Honeyeaters, Mistletoe birds and Robins, which thrive in the dense undergrowth, to Rosellas, Kookaburras and Goshawks. Mammals to be seen include Echidnas, Sugar Gliders, Swamp Rats, several tiny Bat species, Possums and an occasional Koala
BERG Mt Martha (Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group) is a friends group formed in 1997 to preserve and restore the unique ecology of the Balcombe Estuary and Reserves.
There volunteers work in many different ways to care for the creek, estuary and reserves for future generations. They remove pest plants and weeds, plant indigenous species, monitor water quality, encourage birds and other wildlife, tackle drainage and sedimentation issues, engage schools and universities, conduct community education, talk to local groups, lobby government and much more...
BERG Mt Martha initiatives include: Interpretive signs, nesting boxes, audio trails, Birds of the Balcombe Estuary Reserves brochure, Mt Martha Eco Walk flyer, Liz Barraclough bird hide, Sedimentation Action Group, Family day at the estuary, Clean Up Australia day.
They have regular monthly working bees on the mornings of the 3rd Sunday and 2nd Tuesday and a weekly Friday morning group - a delicious morning tea is always provided. There are many other ways in which you could become involved.
You could join them if you would like to: