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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! 

Survey flora and fauna from your backyard, balcony or take a walk along the block to gather data and get the benefits of nature connection. Do it at various times to see different critters – you might see bats or possums at night, many birds during the day and don’t forget the insects and plants. 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. 

How to take macro zoom photos

How to record your NatureSpot

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Share your photos with us by using #NatureSpot and tagging us on @ecocentrestkilda and @sustainableportphillip.

We look forward to seeing your observations and staying connected - both with our community and our local environment. 

Record your sightings here!

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.

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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!

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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.

Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo 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.