Our place is a bioregion of particular interest and worthy of detailed study.

The aim of the project is to identify as many of the living creatures of this region as possible over the next years.

Our Atlas spans the landscape from the Great Dividing Range in the west, to the coast of New South Wales south from Bateman’s Marine Park and down to the northern coastal region of Victoria at Lakes Entrance.

Many of us who live here want to learn more about the life we share this region with and to record our observations. The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness project enables everyone with an interest or passion for the natural world to contribute to an important work of reference.

The technology now available through the Atlas of Living Australia initiative has given us the tools we need to create a major relational database, which will be linked to developing national archives.

Everyone who observes and records the life of this region is encouraged to identify and log their sightings to contribute to this major work. We organise surveys of many kinds to study in depth and record the biodiversity of our place.

In addition we also add observations made over time by many groups – such as the 57 Bird surveys already undertaken at Panboola and the flora sightings at Bournda. We are fortunate also that individual contributions such as Glenda Wood’s orchid photos and Jackie Miles’ large collection of flora observations have been offered to help build both our Atlas and the national database.

Over time we expect that more scientists will recognise this is a good place to work, where they are supported and where appropriate, helped to enlarge the scope of their work with our contribution.

Over time we are becoming more competent and knowledgeable and we are better able to explore further and look deeper into the mysteries of our place.

As well as biodiversity, we are studying and record effects of climate change and invasive species. What we learn and record now will be valuable for scientists in the future.

We are also collecting references to scientific studies which have been undertaken in the past, for our use and to help other scientists and researchers.