The benefits of protecting and restoring native habitat include:
Working with the Regent Honeyeater Project makes it easy to complete best practice revegetation. It is also an opportunity for the sharing of knowledge and experience.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Regent Honeyeater Project and have contributed enormously to its success over the life of the project. Many volunteers come back year after year and have become part of a great community. It’s up to you how much you do – every hour counts!
There are a range of different opportunities to choose from:
Join a planting weekend
There are usually a number of planting weekends between May and October each year. We welcome volunteers from near and far to take part in a busy, fun and very rewarding group activity that results in thousands of trees being planted.
Some weekends we also take time to include collecting old guards and stakes and doing some formative tree pruning of recent plantings.
Accommodation is available at the Scout Hall. Mattresses are provided, byo sleeping bag and pillow; or you can pitch your tent on the grass near the hall. If you prefer a little luxury, Benalla has a good range of commercial accommodation.
Planting weekends can vary but the general arrangements include:
These weekends are suited to people of varying abilities. With a range of tasks to be completed we have ways of including everyone. Children and young people under the age of 18 are very welcome provided they are in the care of a parent or another responsible adult.
Help with seed collection
Seed harvesting takes place throughout December and into the new year. Seed pods need to be collected from a wide variety of local plants including trees, wattles, peas, daisies, lilies and several rare plant species. You’ll be working with others to collect seeds around the district and at the seed orchard.
Seed cleaning and storage are other important tasks that depend on volunteer assistance.
Volunteer in our plant growing nursery
Our plant nursery depends on a small group of dedicated volunteers. In Spring and early Summer we sow all the seeds for the following season into about 70 trays to germinate over the holidays. Extra helpers are always welcome – at any time of year.
Take part in one of our bird surveys
We partner with Goulburn Murray Birdlife to survey 15 sites around Winton Wetlands quarterly, usually on a Wednesday. These surveys provide vital information to help us evaluate the success of our work.
OPPORTUNITY! We’re currently looking for volunteers to do the annual Grey-crowned Babbler survey. The survey is generally undertaken by one or two dedicated volunteers over a fortnight each March. The data collected helps us understand the status of the local family groups of these wonderful birds.
Contact our Project Coordinator to find out more and discuss what will best suit your interests and availability.
School and university groups have played a critical role in the massive scale of planting achieved over the last 25 years.
Hands on and in field activities provide a great opportunity to discuss and experience various environmental concepts that school and university students may be studying, and to engage in community action. We are always keen to share our knowledge with the next generations and always appreciative of helping hands!
So if you are a teacher or lecturer please feel free to contact us with any queries.
If you are a school student, then please pass your queries and our information onto your teacher.
If you are a university student, then please contact us with queries or ideas. Sometimes we are able to source funding for transport.
Giving to the Regent Honeyeater Project is a way of providing a more secure future for the threatened species of north east Victoria.
The Regent Honeyeater Project is a registered charity and a Registered Environmental Organisation (REO). All donations are tax deductible and will be entered into our Public Fund: Regent Honeyeater Habitat Restoration and Greenhouse Reduction Fund.
Donations to the account below are very gratefully received. Please also send an email confirming your donation to the Project Coordinator at email@example.com so that we can send you a receipt.
Regent Honeyeater Project Public Fund
BSB: 633 000
In the spirit of reconciliation the Regent Honeyeater Project acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.