Join us for a celebration of our local wildlife, bushland and community
Wildlife is everywhere in our suburbs, people can find a diversity of birds and lizards in their backyard, wallabies and microbats in local bushland with frogs, fish and turtles in creeks and harbour and diversity of interesting insects. In Willoughby, you can find many of these animals in your backyard, as well as local bushland - and all of these animals rely on water.
In the effort to combat some of the 8 million or more tonnes of plastic entering our harbours and oceans every year Willoughby Council has pledged to help turn the tide of dependency on single-use plastics. Let us help you help our local wildlife by showing you how to bring water to your garden and by supporting an environment that is single-use-plastic free to take the plastic from our creeks and the sea
This event will be run single-use plastic free. Please remember to bring your own reusable bottle, a coffee cup for $3.coffee, shopping bag etc. to make it an easy and enjoyable event for all, including our local wildlife. We’ll be providing you with information and plastic-free alternatives on the day and there is a water refill station in the park.
Fauna Fair 19 will have all the great information community organisations and council stalls including live frogs and insects to see and the great wildlife shows with possums and reptiles, and birds in free flight. The Talks Tent returns bringing environmental experts to cover the theme of water and wildlife from your home to the harbour. Read on for details of stalls and talks.
There are kids activities for the little ones like mask making and drawing, marine creatures to interact with and the wildlife shows for all ages. We hope to bring you some creative activities like building a rainwater garden to turning t-shirts into totes or plastic bag crochet, so keep an eye on the web page and our diary dates for updates to the event.
Tonic Lane will be providing savoury food for the event and tea, coffee and drinks. BYO mug for a $3.00 coffee. You can get some great cakes from the pre-school food stall.
There are native plants for sale from North Sydney Council with proceeds go to Wildlife Rescue, beautiful gift cards by Wildlife Willoughby plus other things to buy so bring along some cash and coins.
This is a great event for everyone some come along and enjoy and support some local community organisations.
- Wildlife craft activity with Willoughby Park Centre
- Marine creatures with Rangers on the Run
- Pets drawing competition at the Companion Animals stall
Wildlife and environmental presenters:
- Dr Scott Wilson, citizen science project AUS Microplastic Assessment Project collecting data on the microplastic problems in marine waters.
- Madeline Bell Take3 for the sea – helping you make a difference on plastic in the ocean.
- Dr Koa Webster citizen science project Scoop a Poop - an interesting possum tale about antibiotics in the environment and Steph Clarke talking about citizen science projects and the National Parks Association.
- Adam Woods: Frog ID Citizen Science program with the Australian Museum
- Dr Lizzy Lowe, Peter Clarke, Geraldene Dalby-Ball and Reid Butler: Building water in your garden – Pools to ponds, rainwater gardens and wetlands and the animals that love them, including mosquitoes. Helping separate fact and fallacy.
- Lisa Wynn and Jools Farrell talking about caring for wildlife in our suburbs and harbours
Talks and Show details and timetable
Talks Tent speakers profile and talk outline
Take 3 for the sea – Plastics have found their way from our hands to the oceans. Find out what’s out there, its impacts and simple actions to help turn the pollution tide.
Bugs, spiders and Marine creatures - featuring live insects and experts for you to meet and talk with. Dr Lizzy Low, Martyn Robinson can provide with some amazing insights on your backyard and household insects and why we need them and Vanessa from Rangers on the Run can introduce you to some of the marine creatures that would love you to go single-use plastic free.
Living Plastic Free – practical information about items you can buy to replace the plastics you depend on and dispose of in your daily life. Including wax wraps and lots of plastic alternatives.
Feathered Friends - amazing birds in free flight & national conservation projects
Frog ID and Frog and Tadpole study groups (FATS) Citizen science and some beautiful frogs to meet as well as how to build frog habitat that’s great for other wildlife too.
Citizen Sciences – This can be a great way to share your interest and grow your knowledge of your local environment and help contribute to the scientific data that can help us to understand and conserve our natural environment. National Parks Association and Poop a scoop, AUSMap and Frog ID
Local Environmental Community - find out about the community of people who help raise awareness of the joys of our local wildlife & bushland environment and its conservation with National Parks Association Willoughby Wildlife Facebook, Willoughby Birders group, WEPA and Wilderness Society
Willoughby’s Bushland: Bushcare, Bushwalks, Fire, Feral animal and Regeneration Teams. Talk to us about bushwalk tracks and bushland reserves and management, local native plants and weeds, volunteering and Wildlife Watch. If you want help with identifying a plant – weed or native, bring a plant or sample and we may be able to help.
Sustainable People - Find out about council supported programs like Community Gardens, Food Swap and get some expert advice on sustainable living like going Single-Use-Plastic free and ideas like wicking beds for the veggie garden and or wildlife-friendly vegetable gardening and good bugs for the garden.
Companion Animals – responsible pet ownership
- Hot foods: Tonic Lane family food menu
- Coffee, Tea, cold drinks and breakfast: Tonic Lane
- Cake stall: East Willoughby Preschool
- Australian Wildlife Displays
- AUSMAP – Dr Scott Wilson
- Better Business
- By By Plastics
- Cat Protection Society
- Community Gardeners
- Companion Animals Committee
- Dragonfly Environmental
- Dr Lizzy Low and Martyn Robinson Invertebrates, arachnids and pesticide alternatives
- East Willoughby Pre-School
- Feathered Friends
- Frog and Tadpole Study Group
- Adam Woods - Frog ID – Australian Museum
- Hand to Heart – single-use plastic alternatives
- National Parks Association
- No More Plastic - single-use plastic alternatives
- Rangers on the Run
- Sydney Wildlife Rescue
- Reid Butler – Rainwater Gardens
- Take 3 for the Sea
- Tonic Lane
- Willoughby Birders Group
- Willoughby’s Bushland Team: care, regeneration, walks, wildlife watch
- Willoughby’s Sustainability Team: composting, sustainability programs and single-use-plastic free.
- Willoughby Park Kid’s Activities
- Wildlife Willoughby Facebook and Willoughby Wildlife Protection Association (WEPA)
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