Location: St Kilda beaches Availability: Year-round Group Size: Up to 15 Length: Half day or full day options available Cost: Full day: $2200 + GST Program Themes: beach, clean-up, litter, wildlife, ocean, bay, citizen science, nature
This activity invites you to become a marine biologist for a day! Help the Baykeeper collect data that contribute to healthier waterways and habitats for our unique biodiversity.
You will be doing a combination of the below activities:
Shoreline Shell Survey
Collect shells on the beach, identify them, record their characteristics and learn about the important role of molluscs (shellfish) in the Bay ecosystem. The data collected will be used to record long‑term changes in population, species diversity, climate change and water quality.
Catch and dig for live molluscs (shellfish) for identification, measurement and counting. The results of this research are used to record population changes over time and to potentially show a link between mollusc species present and predation by the invasive Northern Pacific Sea Star.
Beach Clean Up & Litter Audit
Did you know that cigarette butts are the number 1 litter item found on our beaches? And that plastic makes up most of the rogue rubbish in our waterways? With your help the EcoCentre researches litter washed up on the Bay’s beaches. As litter is a major cause of death for our resident wildlife (like sea birds, dolphins and seals) it is imperative that we research ways to reduce it. You will help us provide solid evidence to inform litter strategies.
Morning tea and lunch are not included. There will be lunch options available at each site (cafés), or volunteers can bring their own.
The exact schedule depends on the activity, weather, tides and the preferences of the volunteers. We are happy to tailor it to your needs.
The cost per session includes: The services of knowledgeable, First Aid trained staff members, all preparation, materials and equipment for the number of volunteers per activity, and liability and personal accident insurance for all volunteers. Costs of the activities are based on our staff costs and the costs of running the day. This means that it is up to the client to make sure the maximum number of volunteer spots is filled..
“It was a great way to spend the day with colleagues and learn something different. I came away with some good tips and knowledge around how I can individually make a positive change on our environment.”
The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.