The EcoCentre is collaborating with CrowdSpot to partner with City of Port Phillip to bring you ‘NatureSpot’ — an exciting chance for you to be part of collecting important information about the creatures and plants that call our City home. So far over 100 citizen scientists have contributed to over 550 spots in the City of Port Phillip!
4-10 April 2020: NatureSpot Autumn survey week is still on!
Our public events have been cancelled, but you can still survey flora and fauna in your backyard or take a walk along the block to gather data and get the benefits of nature connection. Slow down to notice the small things on ground level, in a shrub or above in a tree, you might find a delightful surprise! Snap a photo and record your sightings online to help us gather information which will be used to enhance and protect biodiversity in the City of Port Phillip.
Get active on Instagram!
Share your photos with us by using #NatureSpot and tagging us on @ecocentrestkilda and @sustainableportphillip. We will run a competition during our Autumn survey week and showcase exciting finds from our community!
We look forward to seeing your observations and staying connected - both with our community and our local environment.
Why it's important
Council is currently developing a biodiversity plan to create and maintain habitats for animals, including food sources and corridors where they can travel around safely. But first we need to know what plants and animals already visit and live in our city so we know what to protect. With 75% of land in our city privately held, we need your help to tell us what animals and plants you have in your backyard and your neighbourhood.
Cities play a vital role in biodiversity conservation and management. Opportunities to connect with nature in our city play an important role in our health and wellbeing and make Port Phillip a great place to live and can contribute to effective climate change adaptation actions.
Across 2019 and 2020, the EcoCentre will work with community through 6 days of NatureSpot activities, two school audits, and home surveys to methodically collect spatial location (ie ‘pin drop’) records of fauna species abundance and habitat usage at 6 different locations.
Public NatureSpot activities will survey foreshore, parkland, streets, schools, and private properties. Port Phillip is lucky to have existing fauna surveys undertaken in some areas, therefore site selection will focus on aspects of the city with data gaps. Survey tools will be suitable for all ages and will partner with local amateur naturalists. Our survey method is compatible with Victoria’s ResourceSmart Schools Biodiversity Audit to maximise opportunities to partner with schools for surveys.
Interested in joining the team or learning more about NatureSpot? Fill in your details below and we'll be in touch closer to the dates. Whether you have extensive plant and animal ID skills or can't tell a tawny frogmouth apart from a thorny rose bush, we'd love to have you on board!
Proudly supported by the City of Port Phillip. This project is funded through the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, Caring for Our Local Environment grant program.