Friends of the Waite Conservation Reserve
- Enjoy being in the Waite Conservation Reserve?
- Value the conservation of indigenous species?
- Think biodiversity matters?
- Want to learn more about local plants, animals and their feral competitors?
- Want to make a practical difference?
- Want to work cooperatively with like-minded people?
Membership Application Form
Print, complete and forward to the address at the bottom of the form.
Friends of the Waite Conservation Reserve formed in February 2001.
- To assist in the conservation and ecological restoration of the Waite Conservation Reserve.
- To encourage the community use and enjoyment of the Waite conservation Reserve.
- To promote the Waite Conservation Reserve as a research and educational resource.
- Semi-annual Newsletter informing Friends about current issues, conservation and development work.
- Up to date information on conservation activities in the Waite Conservation Reserve.
Working Bee Program NEW - Autumn and Winter 2012 dates!
Current Friends Newsletter
Please see our Archive for back issues.
In November 2008 and Friends and others conducted a 9-day intensive survey of mammals, reptiles and birds, systematically sampling each of the 14 vegetation communities in the Reserve. Here is the Report.
The Big Picture
One of the great challenges of our era is to preserve what remains of our natural heritage. In order to do this we must control introduced plants and animals which compete with indigenous species. This requires unending, labour intensive work. If this work is not done, the alternative is bleak.
Currently there is not enough funding to control feral animals and the "advancing wall of weeds" in our parks and reserves. This is why the work of volunteers is vital for the survival of remnant bushland. Limited funding for the Reserve to date has come from a variety of sources but more is needed to continue the essential work.
Funds are spent on supplies of equipment, paid labour for the most arduous or specialist tasks, signage and trail guides.
To attract secure funding the Reserve needs the support of an active Friends group. Friends land-care groups have proven to be the best way to attract assistance from Local Councils, Government bodies and business.
The support of the Friends of Waite Conservation Reserve is crucial to the ongoing care and restoration of the bushland.
In 2002, Friends of Waite Conservation Reserve were awarded a community grant from the City of Mitcham to improve community access and information about The Reserve.