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Annual Bushcare Volunteer Awards ONLINE

Saturday 30 October, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

Come join this ONLINE event celebrating our Bushcare Volunteers achieving special awards for 2021 and Bushcare groups reaching their birthday milestones.

Find out who will receive – the Golden Trowel – Bushcare Legend, Hard Yakka, Masters, Landcare Legend, Junior and Environmental Warrior awards.

We also have special talks including Welcome to Country, Birds in the Gully and learn about the importance of our Native Bees in pollination and find out you can be involved.

We can help you learn to use Zoom or find a way to join in.

For further information contact bushcare@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or contact 4780 5623

Birds in Backyards – Autumn Survey

Greetings Backyard Birders, While spending most of our time at home can be frustrating, it also gives us a great opportunity to be #BirdingAtHome. As we head into the long weekend we wanted to let you all know of a couple of opportunities we have for you to do just that!

Autumn Surveys

We have just a few short weeks left for our Birds in Backyards Autumn Surveys. A huge thank you to those of you who have done your 20 min count already. With the recent fires AND the normal migration of many birds at this time of the year, there is likely to be some unusual visitors showing up in your space! If you do see something out of the ordinary, please flag it with us. There is a note section for each bird you record, so let us know there.

Want to participate in this Autumn Survey then you can read the instructions or watch the video here.


Also check out What’s New on Birdlife Australia

It’s time to have a #CuppawiththeBirds Submitted by Holly on 09 Apr 2020.

While spending most of our time at home can be frustrating, it also gives us a great opportunity to be #BirdingAtHome. Over the next few weeks, we invite you to take just 10 mins for yourself whenever you can. Get away from the TV and the news, make a cuppa and do a 10 min bird count at home. Share your list of birds using the tag #CuppawiththeBirds.Read more

Keep your kids chirpy at home with these activities! submitted by Holly on 26 Mar 2020.

Hello parents, carers and kids! Are you looking for at-home activities to keep everyone chirpy? Here at BirdLife we have lots of resources that are fun AND you can learn about amazing birds and places Read more

Videos – coming soon

Want an alternative to the ‘other’ live streaming viewing currently on offer.

We aim to provide a platform on the Bushcare Website showing previous videos featuring bushcare sites, volunteers, Bioblitz, community days, fauna and much more.

However, the exciting news is the Bushcare Team (and others in Council’s environmental team) are also preparing to front the camera themselves to produce a host of videos highlighting a range of ‘interesting’ and ‘how to’ segments – such as showing different weeding techniques, treating a variety of common or tricky weeds and a range of videos showcasing flora, fauna, bees, seed collection, biofilters, composting, biosecurity, bush backyards and so much more.

These will be placed on the Bushcare Website when final cuts are ready (www.bushcarebluemountains.org.au).

Watch Now….

Find out all about the recent launch of “Turtle Island” in early March – a floating eco habitat designed to provide a safe nesting place for turtles, from leading turtle expert Dr Ricky Spencer (Western Sydney University).


Sunrise Bird Walk – Megalong Valley

Enjoy the chorus of birds and find out who is making what noise with bird expert Carol Probets. We will review bird guides and apps too.

This is an outdoor event on a bush trail, walking over uneven ground and on hilly terrain. You will be on your feet for a few hours. Please be self sufficient with snacks, water and suitable clothing for a cool early morning walk. If you have binoculars please bring them.

Sunrise Fauna Bird Walk – The Gully, Katoomba


Saturday 28th April, enjoy the early morning walk to see check what animals have moved around at night. Listen to the chorus of birds and find out what birds are making the calls.

This is an outdoor event on a bush trail, walking over uneven ground and on hilly terrain. You will be on your feet for a few hours. Please be self sufficient with snacks and water, and wear suitable clothing for a variety of weather conditions and as the sunrise.  If you have binoculars  please bring them.

Bookings Essential –  Location details are provided in a confirmation letter a few days before the event. RSVP here or for further information contact Alison Steele on asteele@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or  4780 5320.

Bushcare Picnic – Megalong Valley

Come along to the Bushcare Picnic for Saturday 29th June — fun filled with awards, a snake display, kids activities, the Trad Band,  and presenting ‘Bushcare’ the Musical. Plenty of food with wood fired pizzas, soups and sweets. RSVP below.

If required, there is a bus available to transport you to the picnic. Please contact Alison on 4780 5320 or asteele@bmcc.nsw.gov.au.Picnic brochure cover

To view the full brochure click here.

If you want to be part of the Biodiversity Survey, please book the following sessions separately. Bring your own camping gear, wet weather gear, warm clothes and your own food.

Session 1:  Friday 28th — Fauna Set up (FULLY BOOKED)

Session 2: Friday 28th — Spotlighting (FULLY BOOKED)

Session 3: Saturday 29th — Early morning bird walk (FULLY BOOKED)