NEW - NEWSLETTER NO. 74 - November 2016
NEW - Swan Bay Gardens for Wildlife
Satellite View of Swan Bay
WORKING BEES AT THE NURSERY
79 NELSON RD, POINT LONSDALE
- EVERY WEDNESDAY 9am-12pm
- LAST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH 9am-12pm
- 3rd SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH 10am-12pm
Propagating and potting of indigenous plants for re-vegetation projects - no experience necessary. All welcome. Enquiries 52581716.
Plants may be purchased for $1 ea during the working bees or call 5258 1716.
See also further information here.
Swan Bay, between Queenscliff and St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula, covers about 30 square kilometres and is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the Victorian coast. It is edged by swampy vegetation, with large mud flats exposed at low tide. It is home to a variety of native plants, invertebrates, fish and birds and is of outstanding conservation significance.
The flowering seagrass meadows on the sandy and muddy bed of Swan Bay are the source of life for almost everything that lives in the Bay. Worms, shellfish, crustacea, fish and birds all use this seagrass as shelter or food supply.
The margins of Swan Bay form a transition zone between the marine and the terrestrial environments. Vegetation which tolerates a narrow range of salinity forms concentric bands of plant communities such as glasswort, tussock, grasslands and woodlands of wattles, moonahs, sheoaks and tea-trees.
Nearly 200 species of birds have been recorded in Swan Bay. The area has been recognised as a significant habitat for waterbirds and is listed on major international conservation treaties. Some migratory wader birds such as sandpipers and curlews fly each year from the Arctic to shelter in the Bay. Large numbers of black swans can be seen in the summer and early autumn. The endangered Orange-bellied Parrot spends winter and early spring at Swan Bay.
The Swan Bay Environment Association recognises the importance of Swan Bay as a wetland of national and international importance and is actively working to ensure the area remains in a natural and unspoilt state.
The Association encourages passive recreational and educational use of the Bay. Some examples of the Association's activities are:
- promoting the appropriate use of Swan Bay
- propagation of indigenous plants
- planting indigenous plants around the foreshore
- preparing submissions relating to the protection of Swan Bay
- collecting resources for a library on Swan Bay at the Marine Discovery Centre
- responding to any issues which affect Swan Bay and its catchment area. This includes ensuring any development of adjacent areas is consistent with the values of the Bay
- producing newsletter
- holding committee meetings, open to all members, every two months.
The Swan Bay Environment Association is actively involved in a unique network with other volunteer groups and agencies whose broader role is to protect Swan Bay through community education and facilitation of on-ground works on both private and public lands within the Swan Bay catchment - the Bellarine Catchment Network (formerly, the Swan Bay Integrated Catchment Management Committee).
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