native wildlife need friends


friends gather

native wildlife aides

at all times

Our City of Bayside has a number of environmental Friends groups. I belong to the Friends of native Wildlife. We are a voluntary group who promote the conservation of native fauna in the City of Bayside. We study and survey native wildlife and their needs. We undertake regular practical community activities such a micro bat detecting and monthly frog identification evenings, daytime community bird and insect observation walks, holding specialist information evenings, school visits and meeting scout and girl guide groups, often working with such groups at local parks and heathlands. A significant role involves data collection and observation activities from which we advise Bayside Council and other organisations such as The University of Melbourne, the Australian Bat Society and South East Water. One important participatory function we provide for local residents is to offer installation of bat habitat boxes in their yards and then support their observation through regular endoscope examinations of the boxes.

We maintain a WEB site  and Facebook site as well as a regular email newsletter. These communications keep interested residents aware of and focussed on the Fauna issues relating to the City of Bayside.

This is my response to the 52 week photo challenge  (NATIVE) , find out more at



windy memory


strong winds blow

bringing fresh relief

from the heat


We took a Christmas holiday break down the great Ocean Road near Johanna Beach some years ago. I am almost holding Charlie from blowing away as the wind swept in from Bass Strait. Instead of worrying about bushfires  from our forrest hideaway with beautiful coastal views , (when viewable) we prayed for a sunny day. Most of the time it rained or cold winds howled. That is Cape Otway in the bottom picture , and the coastline from there  back behind the camera  down to Moonlight Head and on to Port Fairy is literally littered with C19th shipwrecks coming from Great Britain heading to Melbourne or Sydney. This is one of the wildest stretches of water in the world and the Cape Otway Lighthouse is still an important beacon.

Johanna Beach , in the top photo is one of the best , but not safest surf beaches in Australia.

This is my contribution to Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 101 Fresh&Wind. To discover fantastic , creative haiku visit Ronovan’s site at