What’s special about Bermagui Lagoon?

Come and find out on Saturday April 11th. Share your stories and observations, pick up lists of birds and plants of the Lagoon, check out historic maps and photos (courtesy Bermagui Historical Society). Join guided bird and plant walks.

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Panboola – return of the Eagle

The beautiful and impressive eagle sculpture at Panboola was stolen last year and we are hoping to raise sufficient funds to replace it.image001

Will you help return the Spirit of the Eagle to Panboola?
You can help us achieve this dream!
Simply go to www.pozible.com/panboolaeagle choose your pledge and reward or just make a donation. Ever little bit counts and is greatly appreciated. Currently the
campaign has raised 20% of the required funds – with only 18 days to go, we need your help to reach our target of $6500


Return the eagle spirit to Panboola by Pambula Wetlands & Heritage Project Inc
We need your help to return the guardian eagle spirit to Pambula Wetlands.

Landcare NSW and Pozible have partnered to create the new crowdfunding category on the global crowdfunding site www.pozible.com/landcareimage001 The recently launched Landcare & Environment Collection on the crowdfunding site Pozible has so far successfully raised $194,181 for independent, local and international Landcare and environmental projects.

Thanks for your support and please share this with your friends.

Mandi Stevenson
PO Box 614
Merimbula NSW 2548
Ph: 6495 0422
Mob: 0427 583 055


Fungimap 8 conference – April 16 – 21- Book now!

We are very lucky to have this exciting opportunity to join the Fungimap conference at Bateman’s Bay. This is Australia’s leading fungi group and the program is full of interesting and informative presentations and field trips.

The focus of this event is to build up people’s knowledge of macrofungi. Every day we will get out in the bushland around Batemans Bay to look for fungi and learn about them in their natural habitat. Go to the website to register:  http://fungimap.org.au/ Booking close March 31stOrange Fungi

The main conference venue will be Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay, New South Wales. There is an interesting line up of talks about fungi and the Eurobodalla region. Presenters include Teresa Lebel (RBG Melbourne), Ray Kearney (Sydney Fungal Studies Group) and Michael Anlezark (Eurobodalla Regional Botanical Gardens). Workshops presenters will include ‘How to photograph fungi’ with Paul George (Fungimap), ‘Boletes’ with Roy Halling (New York Botanic Garden), ‘Truffles’ with Teresa Lebel (RBG Melbourne) and ‘Making collections of fungi’, with Nimal Karunajeewa (RBG Melbourne).

Fungimap 8 is suitable for all levels of knowledge from beginner to expert. We are keen to create an environment for friendly sharing of enthusiasm and expertise.

Our venue has a reputation for good food. We hope good food and company will make the celebratory Fungi dinner on the Saturday night a night to remember. We will also be having the usual Fungimap Quiz hosted by our colourful Ian Bell.

The focus of the event is to develop people’s knowledge about fungi and collecting fungi data. We will introduce preferred Fungimap survey protocols and help participants develop their fungi recognition skills. We will also give tips on how to take photographs of fungi that assist with identification. We’ll also cover the best ways to share data with Fungimap and get it up on the Atlas of Living Australia.

On Monday there will be a day to explore the region’s biodiversity and plant communities, including sand dune, rain forest and wetlands by visiting the wonderful Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens http://www.erbg.org.au/.

We hope you can come to Fungimap 8 to join in the fungi fun with fungi enthusiasts from around Australia.

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Diamond Python

Diamond Python2Diamond Python3Loud calls from the local,larrikin Lorikeets alerted me to another presence in the garden ,a Diamond Python was taking up a bird perch !It was poised in the same position for a couple of hours and visited for 3 evenings ,disappearing during the day.

Eventually it had a meal,possibly a Little Wattle bird judging by the feathers ,one less early morning caller and I wonder where the Python is now…?About 2 weeks earlier there was a snakeskin hanging on a tree very close by.

SCMDC Marine Science Forum

The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre runs a marine science forum every year to showcase the wonderful research happening in our oceans.

The theme for the 2015 forum is Our Changing Oceans. A look at changes in climate and species population in relation to the Sapphire Coast.

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Location: Club Sapphire, 119 Main St, Merimbula, NSW

The forum is run over 2 days with 6 different marine scientists presenting on their research. They will cover topics such as tropical invaders, ocean acidification, how climate change affects our beaches and much more.

There will be outdoor activities run on Saturday afternoon to allow participants to explore the beautiful Sapphire Coast. Followed by a social dinner on Saturday night at Wheelers Restaurant in Merimbula (additional cost, bookings required). The dinner is a great chance to meet the speakers and a fun night out.
Please advise us of any dietary requirements.

 Book online now!

Or download the registration form below

Marine Science Forum 2015 Registration Form

Registration Fees
(NB: fees include morning tea both days and lunch on the Saturday)

General Public

Early Bird Special (Thursday April 2, 2015)

Primary or High school Student

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May




3 course dinner at Wheelers Merimbula – 6.30pm
Saturday 2nd May  (booking essential)




Contact Details:

Jillian Riethmuller

02 64961699


Grant success for National Science Week

Science is coming to town with the announcement that the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub is receiving a $15,000 grant to run activities for National Science Week in August.

1959423_834931883185592_6232478839487514867_nThe Sapphire Coast Science Festival is a week-long celebration of science which will deliver high-profile science engagement activities for the entire community to participate in. The program of events aim to highlight the impact that science has on people’s lives and the world in which they live. Events include talks, demonstrations and activities which illustrate a variety of fascinating areas of science that will aim to appeal to all, but particularly those who may not be currently engaged in science.

Highlights include “The Wonders of Wallagoot”– a focus on the science of estuaries; a visiting insect and invertebrate specialist, Indigenous astronomy events, Science in the Pub, Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Open Day, and a ‘Science in film’ night.

The Sapphire Coast Science Festival was among 54 grant recipients totalling $500,000 that will help National Science Week burst into life around Australia this August.rocky shore ramble shellys

The Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub is a network of local science organisations that are interested in sharing their passion for science with the local community. The Hub includes, the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Bournda Environmental Education Centre, Panboola Wetlands, Bega Valley Shire Council, Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, MatSciTech and many more. All these wonderful organisations will be organising events as part of the Sapphire Coast Science Festival. For more information on the hub like us on Facebook.

10562961_837365289608918_1104776025729753671_nNow in its eighteenth year, National Science Week will provide an opportunity for Australians to connect with science, technology, engineering and mathematics in their own neighbourhood.

National Science Week will be held from 15-23 August 2015. It is funded by the Australian Government and administered by Questacon as a part of the Inspiring Australia science engagement strategy.  More information can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au.