Bird Buddies National Tree Day

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Spavin Drive Lake

62 Aldridge Drive

Sunbury, VIC 3429


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Sunbury's Spavin Lake is a bird hotspot in Hume City. Help create more bird habitat on National Tree Day and commit to being a bird buddy.

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National Tree Day

Going since 1996, National Tree Day has become Australia's largest community planting and nature conservation event.

Hume City is hosting a free, family-friendly day at Spavin Lake in Sunbury.

Bird Buddies

We'll plant some prickly shrubs to provide shelter for small birds and flowering shrubs to give nectar for honeyeaters, while the flowers also attract insects that are in turn eaten by some birds. Other birds rely on seeds from native grasses or fruiting groundcovers as seasonal foods.

Guest speakers will suggest some actions we can take as individuals, and collectively as a community, to improve the wellbeing of the wildlife living around Spavin Lake. A connection with nature is also good for our health and wellbeing.

What's provided

  • All the planting materials, gloves and equipment.
  • Registered participants receive a lunch voucher to select a meal from the RapItUp snack van.
  • Light refreshments available.
  • Hardcopies of the Birds of Hume and Fauna of Hume field guides.
  • Portable toilet and hand wash station.

Covid-Safe event

  • QR code sign-in when you arrive on the day.
  • Social distancing and hygiene measures will be put in place.
  • Include children in your booking, as numbers may need to be capped.

Please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you no longer able to attend, as participant numbers are limited and to help with catering.

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Gardens for Wildlife

Visit Hume City's Gardens for Wildlife webpage for more information on how you can participate and to express your interest.

Organise a Garden Visit

Within Hume City, you can arrange for a pair of Garden Guides to come visit your garden, at your home, school or business. They'll stay for an hour to have a friendly chat about your garden and what wildlife you might like to see. How you can best help your local wildlife.

After the visit, you will receive a report with more information and resources relevant for your garden and neighbourhood. You choose what best suits your place.

It's free; there is no charge for participants. A limited number of garden visits are offered and are by appointment only.

Become a Garden Guide

The more volunteer Garden Guides there are, the greater the number of habitat gardens that will be created across the landscape. You'll engage with other diverse community members, who are also keen to play their part in saving Australia's plants and animals.

  • Organise and conduct garden visits with a partner Garden Guide.
  • Do some online research about the area to prepare for the garden visit.
  • Take some notes and photos during the garden visit, or do most of the chatting.
  • Help prepare and send your garden visit report to the participant.
  • Promote the Gardens for Wildlife program.

There are formal volunteer application, induction and training processes.

Gardens for Wildlife Victoria

Visit the Gardens for Wildlife Victoria website to discover more about the program broadly.

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Greening 2021 - Updated

Come along to a weekend community planting with family and friends.

  • Help revegetate our shared open green spaces.
  • The events focus on local biodiversity issues.
  • There will be other fun stuff happening and food.
  • It's free and all materials/equipment is provided!

Get some indigenous seedlings to grow your own patch of wildlife habitat at your place.

As a Covid-Safe event, bookings for Greening events are required. You will be asked to QR Code sign in on the day. Click on the event title to register.

Bird Buddies - National Tree Day

Sunday 22 August, 10am to 1pm, Sunbury

Blossoming Bees and Butterflies - Gardens for Wildlife Launch

Saturday 4 Sept, 10am to 2pm, Sunbury Fields

Woodlands to Wetlands

Sunday 19 September, 10am to 1pm, Mickleham

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Citizen Science

For a host of reasons, we need to know what plants, animals and fungi live in the area. Citizen science projects rely on everyday people submitting observations. Take some clear photos or sound recordings and simply submit using your mobile phone.

Citizen science can provide the evidence that programs like Gardens for Wildlife do actually help conserve biodiversity.

Install the app and join the Hume City's Wildlife project on iNaturalist.

Visit the Discover Nature in Hume webpage to find out more about the range of citizen science projects you can get involved with.

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Spavin Drive Lake

62 Aldridge Drive

Sunbury, VIC 3429


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