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Nature Buzz

Native Bee Workshop

Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for honey production, conservation, pollination or just for fun? Entomologist and professional educator, Dr Tim Heard will teach you the basics on how to become a stingless beekeeper.

Sunday 11 February 9:30am to 3:30pm
Hunter Wetlands Centre

1 Wetland Place, Shortland

Landcare - what is it?

We're going on a Landcare hunt! Join Council staff and volunteers as we search for the source of Ironbark Creek. Have an adventure and find out what Landcare is all about.

Wednesday 7 March 9am to 12pm
Elermore Vale Community Centre

129 Croudace Road, Elermore Vale

Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water and rain jacket if rain is forecast.
Call 4974 2622 or email to book.

Hop into March!

Around a quarter of the 80-plus species of frogs living in NSW reside in Newcastle. Join one of our frog-friendly workshops in March to learn more about these frogs and how you can help protect them.

Frogs of the Hunter (talk and habitat walk)

Thursday 15 March 6pm to 8pm
Elermore Vale Community Centre

129 Croudace Road, Elermore Vale

PhD candidate, Chad Beranek will introduce you to many frog species that live in and around Newcastle. The first half of the evening will be a presentation followed by a walk along Ironbark Creek to see what we can hear and discover.

Build your own backyard frog habitat

Saturday 17 March 9am to 11am
Wallsend South Public School

Smith Road, Elermore Vale

Frog Habitat Hikes (evening spotlight walks)

Tuesday 20 March 6:30pm
Blackbutt - Richley Reserve

Entrance off Freyberg Street, New Lambton (meet in car park - duck pond end)

Wednesday 21 March 6:30pm
Wallsend Brickworks Park
Meet on Victory Parade, Wallsend (opposite Crest Road)

Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water, a torch (if attending a habitat hike) and rain jacket if rain is forecast.
Call 4974 2622 or email to book.

Microbats of the Hunter

When people think of bats they usually think of flying foxes. Unlike flying foxes microbats use echolocation to see. They are little creatures weighing between 2 and 170 grams depending on the species. They eat a whole range of insects including mosquitoes, beetles, moths and cockroaches. They can sometimes be seen fluttering around street lights.

'Go Batty' activities in March 2017

In March 2017 Newcastle residents were invited to discover local bushland reserves at night as part of a Council's 'Go Batty' community events. Although it was a pretty wet month it didn't deter interested residents who came out in force to three nocturnal habitat hikes. Unfortunately our fourth hike had to be cancelled due to the wet weather. Spotlighting and bat call surveys and Monofilament Harp Trap demonstrations were undertaken at each site. Download our report for more detail of fauna recorded at each site, including observation type and conservation status.

Other 'Go Batty' activities included the installation of microbat boxes at four bushland reserves within Newcastle with the assistance of local Landcarers and residents. This project was supported by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.

Are you a Good Bushland Neighbour? If you live close to bushland there are a range of things you can do to help Newcastle's bushland thrive.
  • Keep your backyard in your backyard. Dumping lawn clippings or green waste in bushland will spread weeds and can create a fire hazard
  • Why not build a nestbox for our furry and feathery friends and install it in your backyard
  • Why not compost your green waste at home in a compost bin or worm farm or use your green bin
  • Leave the bush in the bush. Do not remove dead trees, logs or branches from reserves as these are often homes for our local wildlife
  • Remove any invasive weeds from your garden and replace them with local natives. They require less water and attract native birds and animals to your garden
  • Keep your cats and dogs out of the bush as their instinct is to hunt native wildlife
  • Stay on all designated tracks when using bushland areas and take all your rubbish away with you.