ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Bellarine Peninsula - Barwon Coast & Ocean Grove Nature Reserve

Moonah trees along the ClimateWatch trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moonah trees along the trail. 

Our natural environment needs your eyes and ears!

Few studies tell us how Australia’s plants and animals are responding to climate change in our local parks. As part of a unique ClimateWatch in Parks citizen science initiative, Earthwatch Australia have worked together with Parks Victoria and Barwon Coast to create this ClimateWatch trail, connecting the Bellarine community to a nation-wide scientific study that will take teaching outdoors and collect data that will build our understanding of climate change impacts.

The ClimateWatch app can be used to submit sightings of ClimateWatch species anywhere in Australia, however ClimateWatch trails help obtain repeated observations and encourage the community to enjoy nature while contributing to science. 

The Bellarine Peninsula is located south-west of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, surrounded by Port Phillip, Corio Bay and Bass Strait. The Barwon Coast produces a landscape that includes Coastal Moonah Woodlands and wetlands with high environmental biodiversity and conservation values. Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary is located near the mouth of the Barwon River and protects a system of intertidal and subtidal reefs and beach areas. Ocean Grove Nature Reserve protects the last remaining stand of original woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula. The environmental significance of the area makes it a haven for the community to enjoy and monitor native plants and animals. 

Start your walk from Barwon Bluff or the Barwon estuary, keeping to the beach to spot for wildlife. Alternatively, start from Ocean Grove Nature Reserve (Banksia Track). These areas can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you.

Contact education@parks.vic.gov.au if you have a group visiting the trail and would like to seek support from a local ranger.

School groups: As part of the Department of Education and Training's School Policy for Excursions and Activities, schools must notify the park prior to any visit. For information on how to plan for a field trip and notify the park, please visit the Parks Victoria Teacher Portal here

 

Why get involved?

Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.

Become an observer and help monitor local biodiversity.

Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.

Make a real difference in your local community.

 

How to get involved?

Download the Bellarine Peninsula ClimateWatch species field guide, trail map and recording sheet to mark your observations. If using recording sheets, remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.

Alternatively, you can record your sightings immediately through the ClimateWatch smartphone app.

This is a public ClimateWatch trail that you can do whenever you like. If your school is interested in visiting the site through Parks Victoria, please notify the park prior to your visit through the Parks Victoria teacher portal here

 

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