Merimbula & Back Lake coastal management program

Your chance to get involved in the Merimbula & Back Lake Coastal Management Program


Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking your contribution on the management of Merimbula and Back Lake and the surrounding foreshore:

• What makes the lakes great and how could they be even better?

• What are your concerns about the health of the lakes and their catchments?

• How could the management of the lakes be improved?

BVSC welcome your thoughts on these issues or anything else you would like to discuss about the lakes. Your involvement is the key to developing a successful Management Program, so please visit the website to have your say and view updates throughout the project. Please also register your details on the website to receive project updates via email:

Have your say?

The next meeting of the Merimbula and back Lake focus group is May 24th, so get your thoughts, ideas and questions in before then.

Prof. Steve Smith Sea Slug Census interview

Goniobranchus splendidus, photo Nick Shaw, Montague island

All you Sea Sluggers listen to Prof. Steve Smith on Monday 8th May at 7:35am ABC SE Radio. He will be talking about some of our great finds on the recent Far South Coast census.

We found some really interesting species and some which are out of their known range, so hear what Steve has to say about what we have found so far,

Prof. Steve Smith Southern Cross University

Chelidonura inornata, Photo Libby Hepburn, Blue Pool

Haminoea cymbalum, photo Libby Hepburn, Blue Pool

Fabulous Fungi season is here…

Leather fungus

Leather fungus





Coral fungus

Coral fungus



Bolete    …sponge like layer of tubes under cap

Anemone Stinkhorn

Anemone Stinkhorn


Ghost Fungus

Ghost Fungus

Agaric...gilled fungus

Agaric…gilled fungus

These are only a few of the many fungus that have emerged after the damp ,warm weather….  local forests ,Mandeni,Tura Headland and tracks near the golf course to Short point& Long Point .So far have just been recording the larger fungus & filling the memory card with many unidentified species .Please send in any sightings you have for our data base.

CMN Plant Identification Workshop & Field Trip

Conservation Management Network is running a Plant Identification Workshop & Field Trip.

Learn the skills and information you need to identify a range of common plants in this region. After lunch, try out your skills on a guided field walk in Bournda National Park.

When: Thursday 13 October, 9.30am-3.30pm

Where : Bournda Environmental Education Centre

Paul McPherson at a plant ID workshop

Paul McPherson at a plant ID workshop

Botanist, Paul McPherson and Seedbank Coordinator, Karen Walker will use some of the most commonly encountered plant groups to introduce you to the best identification resources (printed, on‑line, and interactive). You will also learn how to access experts through the identification services of the major herbaria. Along the way they will de‑mystify identification ‘keys’.

The workshop is targeted at the beginner level, but will also provide a good opportunity for those more experienced in plant identification to refresh their skills.

Learning will be through a combination of theory presentations and practical activities using hand held lenses and microscopes.

Morning tea and lunch provided. For further information and bookings, contact Ali Rodway on 0417 246 896 or

World Oceans Day 2016


Wednesday June 8

3.45pm – 5.30pm

Celebrate World Oceans Day 2016 with a rockpool ramble to collect data for Climatewatch Marine.

Let out your inner scientist and join the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre for an afternoon looking at critters at the local beach.

The afternoon will start, at the Discovery Centre in Eden, with an introduction to Climatewatch and the survey method we will be using. We will then venture down to the rock pools to conduct a 30 minute survey of the animals that live there.


Free event. Bookings are required.

Call 0264961699 or email


Turning the Tide on Trash

The forum is being held on May 28th and 29th, 2016 at Club Sapphire in Merimbula. The tdougbinheme for the 2016 forum is Turning the tide on trash: Discussing the problems, working towards solutions, which dissects the issue of marine debris, where it comes from, what impacts it has on our environment and what we can do.

The forum is run over 2 days with 4 different marine scientists presenting on their research and a pollution solution workshop run by Doug Reckord from Bournda Environmental Education Centre. The researchers come from a variety of backgrounds and will cover topics such as the effects of micro plastics on shorebirds, the economic impact of debris and how we can use citizen science to make a difference.

Register online now

Visit the SCMDC website for more information

See the all the winners on the photocomp gallery page

First and Second prizes to Georgia Poyner. Georgia was overall winner with a superb shot of a dolphin in the Under 16’s category. She also won overall second for her Nightlife image of a frog. Leo Berzins again took the first prize and overall third for his Red capped plover image in Birds.

The judges were again impressed by the quality and variety of the photographs.

Thank you to everyone who entered and thanks to Peter Collins and Sarah James who set up and managed the entries on the website, and to Max Sutcliffe, Graeme Watson and David Gallan who were our fine judges this year.

First prize is a two night stay in the luxury safari tent accomodation at Tanja Lagoon Camp, second is $100 and third is a $100 voucher for Wheelers seafood restaurant. Many thanks to Loz and Sam Bright and Jackie Smith who donated the prizes.Overall First Prize - Georgia PoynerOverall Second prize - Georgia PoynerOverall Third prize - Leo Berzins

Fruits of fire – Bodalla Forest walks

Weather permitting there will be hazard reduction burns in the Bodall Forest Park next week May 25 – 30th. A couple of weeks later, we may be lucky enough to see some amazing “fire fungi” and orchids.

Teresa Van Der Heul is offering to take walks (one or two) to explore and share her knowledge of the phenomena of post-fire fungi and plants. “It could be a very interesting  time this year as there has been a lot of rain, so conditions will be good’, says Teresa.

If you are interested in joining a walk, could you let us know if you would prefer a weekday or week-end. We will decide on the final details when we know the burns have happened and what the majority preferences are.

Please contact Liz Allen if you are interested. email:, tel: 0434 375 568

Meanwhile Teresa has found a couple of articles to whet your interest on the subject from WA, but Teresa says most species mentioned should be found here too.

Fire Mosaics – Fungi

Fruits of Fire


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: 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

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

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