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BioBlitz Base Camp

Dungog Common

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Dungog, NSW 2420

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***PLEASE NOTE***

Due to predicted inclement weather we have had to postpone the BioBlitz to a later date that is yet to be determined. As soon as a new date is decided upon it will be reflected here.

A BioBlitz is a citizen science event where naturalists work with the community to survey their local area. The aim is to discover which species are found in a particular area, while learning techniques involved in biological surveys from an expert.

For this BioBlitz we will identify and record the presence of a range of species of animals and plants found on the Dungog Common - a 260 ha reserve at the edge of Dungog - over the morning of May 20, 2017. Teams of up to ten participants will focus on locating the 'Dungog Dozen', twelve species known to occur at the Common while noting any other species they encounter. Each team will be led by an ecologist who will provide advice to participants on species identification and survey techniques.

As part of the BioBlitz, participants will have the opportunity to add their sightings via a free smartphone app called iNaturalist. By using the app, you will be able to see how many species you observed during a survey and collect valuable biodiversity data for the Dungog Common. Please download the app before coming to the event. You can watch a video tutorial of how the app works here or sign up for iNaturalist and download the app here.

The Dungog Dozen BioBlitz is a collaborative event organised by the Dungog Common Recreation Reserve Trust, Dungog Common Landcare group, Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage. It is funded by a grant from the NSW Government Local Land Services. The BioBlitz will be followed by another free event you may also be interested in attending, the Dungog Common Aboriginal History Afternoon.

The BioBlitz is a terrific opportunity to explore an exceptional natural resource on Dungog's doorstep under the guidance of a biologist and in the company of like-minded curious amateur naturalists.

Register now to explore the biodiversity and natural beauty of the Dungog Common.




Important Information

What to bring with you

For your safety, enclosed shoes are mandatory. We also recommend you wear long pants and bring a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle, raincoat and binoculars.


Timetable

You must arrive at base camp in time to register for the BioBlitz between 9:45 am and 10:00 am. There will be an induction and safety briefing at 10:00 am. The survey will run from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm followed by a free lunch from 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm. Following lunch, Len Roberts from the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council will give a talk on local Aboriginal history and culture and lead a walk around the Common, concluding around 3:30 pm. You can register here for Aboriginal History Afternoon.

Registration includes completion of a standard participant registration form for insurance purposes confirming your agreement to conditions of participation in the event. Conditions of participation are:

  • I will wear and/or carry appropriate clothing, equipment and protective gear as advised on the Dungog Dozen BioBlitz Eventbrite page at time of booking.
  • I will notify management during registration of any relevant medical conditions and pre-existing injuries that may affect my participation.
  • I consent to authorise and take full responsibility for medical treatment and associated costs that may arise from any medical condition or pre-existing injury I may have.
  • I will comply with the advice on safety, and of handling animals and plants given during the induction and safety briefing prior to the survey.
  • I will follow the advice of my survey leader and ensure my actions do not endanger the safety and welfare of others.
  • I will report any safety hazards, injuries or accidents to survey leaders or management immediately.
  • I agree to the use and publication of images of me taken during the Dungog Dozen BioBlitz unless I have made management aware during registration that I do not wish to be photographed.
  • Waiver: I acknowledge that the Dungog Common may contain all manner of obstacles, risks and dangers, both known and unknown, natural and man-made, which may result in loss or damage to my property or personal injury. Knowing the aforementioned matters to be the case, I choose to participate AT MY OWN RISK, waiving and foregoing any rights to make any claims for losses and injuries.


FAQs

Are there any age restrictions for participating in the BioBlitz?

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged between 15-18 who are unaccompanied by an adult must provide written parental consent to participate.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event? How do I get there?

The entrance to Dungog Common is at the end of the sealed section of Common Rd, Dungog, next to Shelton's Bus Depot (see the map at bottom of this page). After entering the Common, continue driving along Common Rd for approximately 1 km until you reach base camp where parking will be available.


What if it's raining?

The BioBlitz will still go ahead if there is light rain. If it has to be cancelled due to heavy rain, participants will be informed by email.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, however for logistical and catering purposes you must register for the BioBlitz on this page before attending.


What if I have registered and I can no longer make it? How do I cancel my registration?

Please follow the Eventbrite ticket cancellation procedure. If you have any issues, contact the organiser (below).


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any queries, please email Ros Runciman from the Dungog Common Recreation Reserve Trust.

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