You, me and biodiversity 2010

You, Me and Biodiversiy

To commemorate the International Year of Biodiversity, Wombat Forestcare has organised a series of workshops throughout 2010.

The overall aim of the series is to explore biodiversity in our local setting, how we are all part of a dynamic circle of life and what participants can do to enhance biodiversity. It will emphasise how participants can become more connected with their environment in their minds, in their homes and in the forest. It is hoped people will come away with practical knowledge, a heightened sense of empowerment and wonder at this complex, teaming environment we live in.

For more about the UN International Year of Biodiversity please see

Overview of the series

Term 2 (Sky and Earth)

This term we are getting an overview of our area from the backyard to the forest, what wildlife might live there and how to help support a biodiverse environment.

Saturday May 8th, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Speaker: Kylie Dixon (DSE Biodiversity officer)
The Land for Wildlife program and planting your garden to create habitat for birds

Saturday May 29th, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Speaker: Tanya Loos (Naturalist)
An overview of biodiversity in the Hepburn region. She will explore why certain fauna inhabit the area.

Saturday June 26th, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Speaker: Juliet Summers (Online researcher)
The armchair activist - Using the internet for biodiversity

Term 3 (Homes, Holes, Nests and Hollows)

This term we will explore suitable habitat for wildlife and how lack of this habitat impacts on native fauna.

Saturday July 17th, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Speaker: Les Hanrahan (Ballarat Field Naturalists)
Fungi in the Wombat

Speaker: Gayle Osborne (Amateur naturalist)
Hollows and other homes

Saturday August 21st, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Speaker: Jon Rowdon (Hepburn Wildlife Shelter)
Endangered species and habitat loss

Saturday September 4th, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Speaker: Dr Lindy Lumsden (Arthur Rylah Institute)
Microbats - What and where?

Term 4 (Regrowth, Rebirth and Regeneration)

It's Spring so to celebrate we're going look at things that are waking up after Winter including plants, water dwellers, wildflowers and weeds.

Saturday November 27th, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Speaker: Britt Gregory (Project Officer - Gunbower & Kerang Ramsar Wetlands)
What makes a healthy waterway and the small creatures that live in water

If you feel inclined please bring your own water bug samples.

Saturday December 11th, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Speaker: Cathy Powers (Friends of the Brisbane Ranges)
Wonderful wildflowers