With World Environment Day just around the corner, Wingecarribee Shire Council is encouraging residents to participate in a range of events and activities to bring attention to our threatened plants and wildlife and help safeguard them for future generations.
World Environment Day is a UN-recognised event held on June 5 each year. This year’s theme, Go Wild for Life is encouraging people all over the world to become more aware of species under threat and take action to help protect them.
As a part of the international celebrations, community groups will be hosting a range of activities throughout the second week of June.
Starting on Tuesday 7 June, the Empire Cinema in Bowral will host the Southern Highlands premiere of Racing Extinction, a documentary that brings attention to two of the biggest threats to wildlife all over the planet – the illegal wildlife trade and climate change. The screening will start at 6:30pm and will be followed by a discussion analysing some of the issues presented in the film. Tickets are free and can be picked up in person at the cinema.
On Wednesday 8 June, the Mount Gibraltar Bushcare Group will host a guided tour of the stunning Mount Gibraltar Reserve and tour of the former quarry. This is a free activity, meeting at 10am at the commemorative wall car park, Oxley Drive, Bowral.
On Thursday 9 June, the Friends of Mittagong Creek will be hosting a ‘Weed Warriors’ working bee to help restore bushland beside Mittagong Creek. Meet 9am at the Scout Hall on Sherwood Ave, Bowral.
On Friday 10 June, the Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project team will be leading an evening spotlighting tour at Mount Alexandra Reserve, Mittagong. This free tour will run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Contact Joe.Stammers@wsc.nsw.gov.au or call 4868 0813 to reserve your place. Children must be 10 years and over and accompanied by adult.
On Saturday 11 June, BirdLife Southern Highlands will be hosting a guided tour of local birdlife at Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve. This is a free activity, meeting 9am in the car park.
Also on Saturday 11 June, the Robertson Environmental Protection Society (REPS) are inviting people on a tour of the Caalong Creek revegetation site in Robertson from 9:30 to 10:30am. This is a free activity, meeting 9:20am at the Hampden Park footbridge.
And yet another event on Saturday 11 June, Australian Wildlife Displays will be giving everyone the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favourite Aussie wildlife. From 10:30am to 11:30am at Bowral Public School Markets.
Wrapping up the week on Sunday 12 June, local bird rehabilitation expert Peg McDonald will be giving a free talk at the Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre outlining her experiences, challenges, and dreams for the future of raptor rehabilitation. Call the Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre on 4887 7270 to reserve your place.
For high resolution images of last year’s World Environment Day celebrations click here.