Bellarine Bayside has a range of volunteer opportunities for those who want to assist with protecting and restoring the coastal and foreshore environments.
We run seasonal community planting days every year where we welcome a range of individuals to join us for a day to get their hands dirty while learning about the local environments. In addition to these casual opportunities, we have more regular volunteer opportunities available all year round through the Friends of Pt Richards Flora & Fauna Reserve and BeachWatch groups.
The Friends of Pt Richards Flora & Fauna Reserve help protect and restore the biodiversity of this 62 ha reserve. The reserve has important ephemeral wetlands, the nationally ‘vulnerable’ Growling Grass Frog and a wide diversity of coastal woodlands and wetland bird species. There is no other reserve like it on the Bellarine Peninsula. The Friends of Point Richards meet every Tuesday morning at 10 am for a 2-hour working bee.
Follow the Friends of Pt Richards on Facebook here.
Have you ever wanted to walk through the Flora and Fauna Reserve but were unsure where to go? Why not download our self-guided walk brochure? There are four easy walks marked on the map with approximate distances and times for each walk.
In 2017, Bellarine Bayside officially launched a citizen science program, BeachWatch. The program aims to engage the community in monitoring changes along our coastline. Using survey equipment, volunteers measure sand losses and gains at 25 marker posts scattered along the northern Bellarine coast. The positioning of each marker post was based on a multitude of factors and information including inundation statistical modelling data, historical shoreline movements, geomorphological characteristics, proximity to built assets and perceived recreational value. Each of the marker posts will be monitored at least once every two months, with all collected data being fed into our coastal monitoring program.
It is anticipated this information will enable Bellarine Bayside to improve their capacity to make informed, adaptive and effective management decisions in relation to our coastline through a better understanding of ‘if, when and how’ our coastal environment changes as a result of coastal processes. Furthermore, Bellarine Bayside hopes the BeachWatch program will encourage and support community stewardship of the coastline and provide opportunities for inclusive community education and engagement in an effort to increase local environmental awareness.