'Where the Wild Things Are



Geelong's natural places are world class! The region supports wetlands of international significance, fragile coastal landscapes, rare woodland and grassland vegetation and precious threatened species populations. Not to mention the myriad of birds, animals, plants, insects, fungi and other lifeforms that inhabit our wild, and not so wild, spaces.

The inaugural Geelong Nature Forum is an initiative of the Geelong Field Naturalists Club, in partnership with City of Greater Geelong, which aims to showcase our natural wonders to the community through a series of short talks from local biodiversity experts. The Forum will also have activities for kids (and adults) and stalls promoting our amazing environment groups and volunteers.


This is a free event!

Please register by Friday 8 March 2018 by clicking on the 'Register' button  within the Evenbrite  link. 

Pleasese also let organisers know which sessions (see program below) you'll be attending, if you will be staying for lunch and, if you are staying for lunch, any dietary requirements you may have.




Session 1: Understanding Geelong’s Natural Treasures

9.00 Registrations and Morning Tea - Sky Deck Foyer

9.15 Welcome to Country and Traditional Owner Perspective - Wadawurrung Representatives

9.35 Introduction Welcome “Future Environmental Management in the “Clever and Creative City”

- City of Greater Geelong Councillor

9.45 Opening Address “Biodiversity 2037”- Department of Environment Land Water & Planning

10.10 City of Greater Geelong Conservation Reserves: Local community benefits - Jeanette Spittle

10.30 Unique Flora and Fauna of the Brisbane Ranges -  Parks Victoria, Vanessa Wiggenraad

10.45 Our Regional Coast - Environmental values - Barwon Coast, Maddie Glynn

11.00 Migratory Shorebirds - Coast, Wetlands and Saltworks - Geelong Field Naturalists Club (GFNC), John Newman

Session Break (11.15 am)

Session 2: Measuring Biodiversity within the Region

11.30 Assessing threatened fauna biodiversity and the role Citizen Science plays - Deakin University, Dr Barba Wilson

11.50 Small Mammals /Reptile and Amphibian - Fauna Survey Techniques - GFNC, Trevor Pescott

12.05 Coast and Marine - Sea Search Project - Parks Victoria, Dr Jacqui Pocklington

12.20 GBR 2013-2016 - Using citizen science to learn about the birds of Geelong - GFNC, Craig Morley

Lunch (12.40 pm)


Session 3: Caring for Country

1.20 Community Action on the Bellarine - Bellarine Catchment Network

1.40 Indigenous plants of Geelong-Mark Trengove Ecological Services, Mark Trengove

2.00  Monitoring our threatened species - Nesting Hooded Plover beach watch - Friends of Hooded Plover, Andrea Dennett

2.15 LandCare in a Peri-urban environment. Stakeholder working together - Batesford, Fyansford, Stonehaven Landcare Group, Felicity Spear

Session 4: How can we achieve our vision for Geelong's biodiversity?

2.30 pm Open Discussion

3 pm Forum Closure and networking