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Water, Wetlands and Wildlife

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  • Yalukit Willam Nature Reserve
    Cnr New Street and Glen Huntly Road, Brighton VIC 3186, Australia

National Science Week provides you with a chance to discover a local urban success story. Geography Victoria is conducting a fieldtrip with local restoration and environmental specialists exploring the challenges, successes and opportunities of managing our urban environment.

Our three focus areas will be: 

  • the community-driven rewilding and transformation of the former Elsternwick golf course in North Brighton into the Yalukit Willam Nature Reserve which features expansive restored wetlands, waterways and reintroduction of locally extinct plant species.
  • the bluestone Elwood Canal, built to drain the swamp, provides an interesting opportunity to study what wildlife persists in urban areas.
  • Rippon Lea Estate, the last of Australia's great privately owned 19th century suburban estates. The restoration of the underground drainage system is a wonderful lesson in sustainable water practice.

The registration fee includes entrance to the National Trust's Rippon Lea. BYO lunch, hot drink and muffin provided.