World Environment Day showcases biodiversity in Hobsons Bay

endangered Altona Skipper Butterfly (Hesperilla flavescens ssp. flavescens) Credit - Eco Heritage Partners

World Environment Day will be celebrated in Hobsons Bay on Saturday 6 June with a variety of online activities and self-directed outdoor adventures for the entire family.

Children, adults, students, nature lovers, environmentalists and anyone in between will love exploring Hobson Bay reserves and parks with our new Conservation Map, which points out features of significant biodiversity.

The map highlights where the elusive Altona Skipper Butterfly is found, the critically endangered Swift Parrot, bird hives to enhance bird watching, significant trees such as the giant Moreton Bay Fig in Logan Reserve in Altona, historic sheoaks, and many more. The conservation map utilises the Google Maps platform and can be viewed on mobile phones. The map link is available on www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/wed2020.

Free native seedlings for your home garden will be on offer at Rifle Range Reserve in Williamstown, Sandy Point Newport, Truganina Park in Altona Meadows and Kororoit Creek in Altona North on Saturday 6 June. The pick-up locations are specified on the map and we ask community to respect a limit of one seedling per household to ensure as many people can participate as possible.

Share your finds, recently planted seedling and nature pics on social media using the #ForNature and #HBCCWED2020.

Residents are also invited to join a free online Heirloom Seeds Workshop as part of the My Smart Garden program and learn how to help protect our agricultural biodiversity. The workshop, delivered via zoom, will cover the basics of seed saving, how to grow from seed successfully and possibilities for sharing seeds with your local community. Bookings are essential, via this link.

If you have fruit trees in your yard, you can register them on the ‘Plot Your Produce’ map for our local community, accessible at www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/wed2020. This is a great opportunity to be part of a project to map our urban agriculture and to connect with other local growers.

Council is also hosting an online author reading and activity, and last but not least, some of our staff and local residents will share information about the biodiversity and significant trees in Logan Reserve and along the Altona foreshore in a short video that will be featured on Council’s WED webpage and Facebook page.

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