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Melbourne BioBlitz is back! Over 24 hours, you can join guided events from beachcombing to bat detecting, led by some of Melbourne’s finest biodiversity experts and ecologists. Help us find out more about the many species that call the city home. You can:
• Register for the events listed above.
• Visit our ‘BioBlitz basecamp’ outside the Melbourne Museum at Carlton Gardens from 10am - 5pm on Saturday 5 March.
• Submit photos of species that you spot around the city via our website or BowerBird. Sharing on social media? Don’t forget to hashtag - #bioblitzmelb
From 3 March to 1 April, you can also take part in our Backyard Blitz by conducting your own surveys within the City Of Melbourne at any time and place - from your backyard, balcony, school, laneway or street. There will be prizes for the most number of sightings submitted, best photograph and most unexpected sighting so get snapping! Why not gather a group of friends and get out and engage with the wonderful diversity of species that also call Melbourne home?
During Melbourne BioBlitz 2014, you submitted nearly 3000 sightings. How many will we get this time?
Find out more at participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/bioblitz
For your safety and comfort during all surveys, please bring or wear the following:
- Enclosed shoes, long pants, socks to tuck pants into, a long sleeve shirt, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, wet weather clothing (if raining), water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent, binoculars and please bring a torch or headlamp if you are joining night-time surveys. For beach walks please bring appropriate shoes.
Particpants are advised NOT to bring pets to organised BioBlitz events.
Frequently asked questions
What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is an intensive biodiversity survey where a group of scientists and experts work with other members of the public to discover, identify and record as many kinds of plants and animals as possible within a chosen area in a short space of time.
Where is the Melbourne BioBlitz?
Melbourne BioBlitz events will take place in various Parks and Gardens across the City of Melbourne including Royal Park, Westgate Park, Carlton Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and the University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.
I’ve booked my survey, what happens next?
In the week leading up to BioBlitz more information will be emailed out to all participants. On the day you will be attending the BioBlitz, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the event so you can register for your survey at the allocated meeting point.
What is the waiver that needs to be signed upon registration?
All participants should be aware of the following Conditions of Participation before agreeing to this form. This is for insurance purposes and we thank you for your help.
All participants must complete a standard participant registration form at the basecamp prior to participating in any surveys.
Conditions of Participation
I the "Participant") fully understand and agree:
- To abide by any directions given by a Council officer or instructors in connection with my participation in the BioBlitz
- That there is a risk of injury in participating in the BioBlitz, which is forseeable and probable.
- That there is an obvious risk of harm and certain obvious risks and dangers which are associated with participating in the BioBlitz. Obvious risks include, but are not limited to: loss or damage to personal property; injury due to the weather conditions or bites or scratched from native animals and insects; health risks associated with contact with the water and surrounding natural environment such as tree branches and uneven ground; physical exertion and any consequences arising from physical exertion.
- An inherent risk is a risk of something occurring that cannot be avoided by the exercise of reasonable care by the Council.
- That there are inherent risks associated with my participation in the event and should those risks materialise the Council is in no way liable for any harm resulting to me.
- That I am voluntarily exposing myself to risk, including any significant, obvious, or inherent risk, and any other risks of harm.
- That, as a Participant, I have the burden and responsibility of taking precautions to avoid and/or limit all risks and the risk of any harm, and that the Council is in no way liable for any harm suffered by me due to my participation in the event.
- That the Council has warned me of the risks associated with my participation in the event.
- To forever release and discharge the Council of all liabilities which arise out of the whole or any part of my participation in the event.
- That if I suffer harm, the Council may at my cost, arrange medical treatment and emergency evacuation service, as deemed essential for my safety.
- I declare that I am medically able and physically capable of participating in the event.
What is the Melbourne BioBlitz Basecamp?
Our BioBlitz Basecamp is an interactive information hub based at Carlton Gardens outside Melbourne Museum and the iMax Theatre. It will be buzzing with free activities for all ages and will be open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 5th March. Bookings are not required to take part in other activities happening at the Basecamp. You will get the chance to see some live animals, check out some video microscopes, take part in craft activities and see some interpretive displays showcasing some of our vital urban wildlife. You can also join Museum Victoria’s scientists and see what biodiversity you can find in the heart of the city. There will be drop in events scheduled every 30 mins during the day e.g. bird 101, photography workshops and updates on our 24h blitz on a single tree.
How do I get to the events?
Our events are easily reached by public transport. Click on the links to find more detailed directions. Royal Botanic Gardens, Westgate Park University of Melbourne, Carlton Gardens, Royal Park
Is there any parking?
Parking is likely to be limited and may be metered at the sites. Please use public transport where possible.
Is there a fee?
No, Melbourne BioBlitz is a free event.
Are there any age limits?
Some surveys are age restricted, this is detailed in the survey description above. Please note children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children between 15-18 must provide parental consent.
How many surveys can I register for?
You can register for as many surveys as you like but please make sure you check the time and location as some surveys overlap and it may take some time to get from one site to another.
Will the Melbourne BioBlitz still be on if it’s raining?
While we are hoping for good weather on the day, Melbourne BioBlitz will still go ahead if it is raining. Participants will be informed if circumstances prevent the BioBlitz from going ahead.
Are there places for picnics/bbqs?
All of our Parks and Gardens are beautiful places for picnics. Why not make a day of it! There are public bbqs located at Royal Park and Westgate Park.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
For any questions with regard to the Melbourne BioBlitz please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the cancellation policy?
If you are no longer able to attend the Melbourne BioBlitz or you have made a mistake with your booking, please follow the prompts to cancel your ticket. If you have any issues please email email@example.com
When & Where
Urban Forest & Ecology Team @ City of Melbourne
City of Melbourne would like to thank the following organisations for their support in this event:
Friends of Royal Park