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Spring 2019

This quarterly newsletter will keep you up to date with all the latest happenings of Living Links, a collaborative urban nature program working to create a web of green spaces across Melbourne's south-east. Visit our website to find out more: 
www.livinglinks.com.au

Latest News

Creative kids help threatened species

Living Links was a proud sponsor of this year’s Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition, which ran for the first time in Victoria. The competition attracted over 600 stunning entries from children 5-12 years old. Our prize went to students from Bacchus Marsh Primary School, Winners of the Best Group Work with their work “Soaring into the Clutches of Extinction”.

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Mapping the Gaps

Living Links is very excited to have a class of 20+ students from the RMIT Masters of Landscape Architecture helping us review our priority corridors and identify new ones.

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Bird discovery at Doveton

Birds were the theme for our Living Links activities at this year's Doveton Show. We ran bird discovery walks and got creative making birds nests - feathery fun for the whole family!

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Gardens for Wildlife

One of the best things you can do to support local wildlife is to start in your own backyard!  Many Councils in the Living Links region now have Gardens for Wildlife programs to help with this. Photo: Ian Moodie. 

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Working tyre-lessly for Dandenong Creek

With funding through Living Links, the City of Whitehorse recently removed 900 tyres from the Dandenong Creek corridor. Together we're working to rehabilitate this important nature corridor. 

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Arthro-POD for six-legged friends

Students from Frankston High School recently created a beautiful 'ArthroPOD' habitat garden to help beneficial insects such as bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps and ants.

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Upcoming Events

National Ride2Work Day

16 October

National Ride2Work Day is Australia’s largest celebration of commuter riding. Riding to work is one of the easiest and most time-efficient ways to fit exercise into a daily routine!

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Aussie Backyard Bird Count

21-27 October

It's that time again! The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is one of the largest citizen science events in Australia. To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, a favourite outdoor space, and some keen eyesight.

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Ecology Training Sessions


13 & 27 October, 30 November

City of Casey is hosting a series of free sessions to help participants brush up their knowledge of local native trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers and also weeds.


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Bringing the Bush to Melbourne

31 October

At this event Trust for Nature will share some extraordinary stories and projects from people working to save species from extinction. Photo: Dan Harley.

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Frog Census surveys

October and November

October and November are key months (along with April and August) to listen out for frog calls and help monitor the health of local frog populations. Anyone can help by taking part in Melbourne Water's Frog Census program.  

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Wild Pollinator Count

10-17 November

Australia has hundreds of native pollinator insects that are often overlooked. Through the Wild Pollinator Count we invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity and to assist in their conservation. 

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Features

Feature walk: 
Bellbird Dell, Vermont

Feature animal:
Magpie Lark

 

Make a 'hotel' for native bees

Gardening Australia has put together a great video showing how to make your own bee hotel. Also check out native bee expert Karen Retra's website for further information. Living Links is planning a bee hotel workshop for November so stay tuned! Photo: Ian Moodie.
 

Leave baby birds alone

Spring is the time when we see lots of baby birds on the ground not yet able to fly. They may look cute and helpless, but they usually don’t need your help. BirdLife Australia suggests you step back and assess the situation before ‘rescuing’ one.
 

Let's talk snakes...

Spring is a time to be alert - but not alarmed - about snakes. Victoria Walks has put together some helpful information to help you enjoy the outdoors without undue fear of our slithering friends. Frankston City Council is also running an event 'Living with Snakes' on 15 November.  
 

Greenery as medicine

Can a hospital actually lower your blood pressure? Read about how hospitals around the world are applying nature-inspired design to promote healing. Is it working? 
 

8 ways to spring clean sustainably

The weather is warming up and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Spring is in the air and with it comes the newfound energy to organise, declutter and refresh one’s life and home. Planet Ark has put together this guide to help you achieve an environmentally responsible and guilt-free spring clean.

Get involved

There is always a lot going on in the Living Links region. Check out our upcoming events,
or search for local volunteering opportunities

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