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Seed collection workshop

By Tracy Abbas

In early December 2019, Blue Mountains Bushcare delivered the second and eagerly-anticipated Seed Collection Workshop held in Blaxland Library and Community Centre. Tracy Abbas, Council’s Bushcare Officer, organised this exciting event with seed expert Richard Johnstone. Richard was a former seed collector at Mount Annan Botanic Gardens but now plays another important role; as a volunteer with Wildplant Rescue Nursery.

Richard generously shared his immense experience and knowledge, providing attendees with a solid foundation in the principles, procedures and protocols for collection and storage of local native seed.

This Workshop was set at intermediate level, designed to strengthen the knowledge and existing skills base. It was attended by volunteers from Bush Backyards and Bushcare Groups, as well as volunteers from the Blue Mountains Conservation Society and Wildplant Rescue Nurseries.

The Workshop format was designed around both theoretical and practical sessions. The day began in the classroom viewing a powerpoint presentation showing the overview of the day’s events, and covered regulations and legislation when collecting seeds on Council Land. For the second session, the group wandered around the field looking for examples of seeds, flowers and fruits. Richard then showed everyone how to assess seed ripening stages and when was the most appropriate time to collect seeds.

Finally, it was back to the classroom for a discussion, participating in some cleaning of previously collected seeds and reviewing various methods of propagation of a number of different species.

The Workshop was a great success and we plan to conduct another session early in 2020 with the theme of propagation.

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.

Wildlife Monitoring Workshop – spotlighting & other non-invasive survey techniques

Sugar Glider in Blue Gum Swamp by Peter Smith

Lower Blue Mountains Bushcare, Landcare, Swampcare and Bush Backyards Volunteers:

How healthy is the biodiversity of your Bushcare site? Do you want to know more about the fauna that lives in the lower mountains bushland?

To learn ways to find out, you’re invited to t attend this free survey workshop with renowned ecologists, Judy Smith and Peter Smith. 

We will meet early on Friday afternoon for a briefing on the ethical protocols of monitoring and learn about methods and equipment you can use to monitor wildlife living on your bushcare site, then do some fieldwork surveying in Sun Valley. You’ll contribute to a survey using techniques such as hair tubes and sand traps, owl call recordings, and spotlight for other fauna. 

Light refreshments provided. Please advise of any special dietary requirements.

Registration before Tuesday 20 June is essential – use the ticketing option below or contact Monica Nugent on 4780 5623 or mnugent@bmcc.nsw.gov.au for more information. You will receive more information about the location and what to bring after you register.

The Biodiversity Near Me Survey is funded by the NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage and brought to you by Blue Mountains City Council Bushcare.

Bushcare Boosters Training

If you are a current or prospective Blue Mountains Community Conservation Volunteer -Bushcare, Landcare, Bush Backyards members – you are invited to the 3rd and last of our essential training modules for the year:  Weed Control Techniques  and Working Safely.

This is a free half day interactive Bushcare Boosters training workshop presented by the very experienced, qualified Bushcare Boosters Trainer, Geoff Bakewell and hosted by BMCC Bushcare.

You will learn why we use different methods on different weeds, how to be most efficient,  what the safety issues at Bushcare are and how help look after your fellow Bushcarers.

The workshop will cover:
• weed characteristics
• basic weed control techniques
• safe work practices and methodology

The content is of an introductory level and is most suitable for volunteers who have some practical experience in the field and who wish to participate in a short refresher course to develop a better understanding of environmental restoration techniques and safe work practices.

This training will better equip volunteer Bushcare Group Co-ordinators who do not already have formal qualifications in environmental restoration.

Morning tea is provided. Please RSVP and advise of any special dietary requirements to Monica by Friday 12 May.

What should you bring: notebook and camera, raincoat. Wear work clothes – long sleeves and pants, and dress for the weather. We will proceed regardless of weather as this workshop is largely classroom based.

Bushcare Boosters – The Birds and the Bees of Bushcare

Bushcare Volunteers! You are invited to a free workshop!

Presented by the very experienced, qualified Bushcare Boosters Trainer, Geoff Bakewell and hosted by BMCC Bushcare.

At this interactive Bushcare Boosters training  you will learn how to make your Bushcare site as fauna friendly  as possible. We will look at:

  • elements of habitat and fauna requirements
  • animal interactions
  • habitat management
  • site monitoring

The content is most suitable for volunteers who have some practical experience in the field and who wish to develop a better understanding of environmental restoration techniques. It is not aimed at volunteers who have obtained accredited training in environmental restoration, though all Blue Mountains Bushcare volunteers are welcome to attend.

Date: Sunday October 30

Time: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm We need to start early to check for animal tracks!

Brunch provided. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when you book a place.

Location: Faulconbridge SES Headquarters

7 Sir Henrys Parade, Faulconbridge and Jackson Park.

What you should bring:  hat, drinking water and notebook.  Wear comfortable clothing suitable for walking.

Bookings are essential and places are limited RSVP by Monday 24th October to Monica Nugent on 4780 5528 or mnugent@bmcc.nsw.gov.au


Regional Bushcare Workshop

This free workshop will recognise and share the expertise among Bushcare and Landcare volunteers with case studies of long term restoration projects across the Greater Sydney region. The key note speaker is Paul Gibson-Roy, Chief Restoration Ecologist from Greening Australia NSW.

This workshop is open to all volunteers,  bush regenerators and agency staff.


Registration is essential here: https://bushcareworkshop.wufoo.com/forms/regional-bushcare-workshop/


More information please contact Judy Christie on 9895 7753 or judy.christie@lls.nsw.gov.au