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Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea

Wednesday 14 - Sunday 18 March

Wednesday 14th March - 9.00am to 4.30pm

Connections To The Sea
Environment Seminar

13th Beach SLSC

"Salt Marsh, Mangroves, Woodlands, Estuary, Dunes, The Sea"

Barwon Heads is surrounded by a stunning array of coastal habitats - lakes and saltmarsh, estuary and mangroves, tidal rock pools, woodlands, limestone cliffs and sand dunes. All have a dynamic connection with the sea. While these habitats share a wealth of vegetation and wildlife they also share urban, rural, tourism and recreational pressures.

Connections with the Sea will discuss a number of these habitat forms and the issues surrounding their survival and management.

Alex Gianuzzi - Marine Discovery Centre - Marine issues and sand dunes
Dale Tonkinson - Biologist, D.N.R.E. - Moonah woodlands
Michael Weston - Birds Australia - Shorebirds - the coast as habitat
Chris Harty - Coastal Ecologist - Mangroves and saltmarsh
Allan Browning - Heritage Officer - A Wathaurong perspective.

The Barwon Heads Surf Life Saving Club is situated atop the 13th Beach dunes overlooking the fragile Murtnaguurt saltmarsh. Guided walks on the day will give us the opportunity to explore these remarkable habitats first hand.

A short open forum will conclude the day, providing participants an opportunity to exchange ideas and information. An exciting and informative day to aid in the understanding of our fragile coastal environment.

Cost - Free Lunch and refreshments provided Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

Wednesday 14th March - 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Land Sea Sky " A guide to the PLANTS, BIRDS, and MARINE LIFE of Barwon Heads"

Barwon Heads Hall

You will be amazed at the wealth of plant and animal life in Barwon Heads.

- honeyeaters to eagles, orchids to eucalypts, warreners to whales -

We have arranged for three outstanding speakers to introduce you to the beauty and diversity of our wild life.

Graeme Stockton - Geelong Indigenous Nurseries - Our Plants
Alex Gianuzzi - Marine Discovery Centre - Our Marine Life
Gordon McCarthy - Geelong Field Naturalists - Our Bird Life

Our speakers all have fabulous slides that will get us up close and help you to identify a vast range of plants, birds and marine life. Admission is free and refreshments are available. A great family evening.

Further information Business hours: Barwon Heads Park 5254 1115 and bookings After hours: Jon Duthie 5254 2626

Wednesday 14th March - 10am to 4pm

Environment Expo
Barwon Heads Jetty

The parkland above the jetty will host the Festival Environment Expo featuring displays by local environment groups and plenty of activities to enjoy.

Rockpool Rambles, Bird Watching, Guided Tours of the Bluff, Canoe Trips through the Mangroves, Fishing School, Up Close with the Animals, Planting on the Bluff and more.

There will be plenty of experts to answer all your questions. This family event is a great opportunity to learn about our wonderful coastal environment.

Sponsored by Festival of the Sea, Coast Action and Friends of the Bluff.

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