Bournda Environmental Education Centre (EEC) is a NSW Department of Education and Communities facility, located within Bournda National Park, on the Far South Coast of NSW. Bournda EEC works closely with schools to support students learning about our amazing coastal environments and how they can contribute to looking after them. You can find out more by visiting the Bournda EEC website.
One of Bournda EEC's major priorities has been to work closely with the local community on citizen science projects. The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness is a fantastic initiative that is bringing scientists and community together to find out more about the rich biodiversity of the region and the partnership is helping provide schools with the tools they need to play an important role in monitoring plant and animal species.
Climate change is a fascinating context for students to make observations of local flora and fauna; many species are found at the edge of their geographic range and information on their movements and behaviour will be invaluable information to scientists. The establishment of a ClimateWatch Trail is a wonderful opportunity to focus local attention on this important issue.
The Bournda ClimateWatch Trail is located near the Scotts Bay Day Picnic Area within Bournda National Park. The trail commences at the western end of the picnic area and is easily accessible from a number of points within the National Park. While walking the trail you can also check out Scotts Hut, a heritage building dating back to the 1890s, and Wallagoot Lake, a beautiful intermittently closed and open lake and lagoon (ICOLL).
The area is rich in Aboriginal heritage and is of great significance to the local Aboriginal community. There are a number of different vegetation communities along the trail and the site has also been modified by a range of human activities. Since 1992 the area has been protected within Bournda National Park and is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS); a division of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
If you are interested in including the Bournda ClimateWatch Trail as part of your education program please contact Bournda EEC.
How to get involved?
- Download the Bournda ClimateWatch field guide and recording sheet to mark your observations. Remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.
- Alternatively, you can record your sightings using the ClimateWatch smartphone app.
- The trail 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.
This ClimateWatch trail was developed with Bournda EEC.