What is Earthcare St Kilda
Earthcare St Kilda was formed in 1989 by a group of local volunteers to help research and protect the Little Penguin colony which lives on the rocks which form the St Kilda breakwater.
Since that time, while maintaining its original purpose, Earthcare St Kilda’s membership has grown to provide volunteers from both the local and surrounding municipalities with opportunities to:
- help enhance and protect the natural land and marine environments of the City of Port Phillip and Elster Creek,
- meet and work on environmentally based projects alongside other enthusiastic volunteers, and
- learn from each other and scientific specialists about the amazing range of wildlife which inhabit this inner city location.
We do what we can where we are…
As our motto indicates, we have evolved into a ‘hands on’, project-based group dedicated to improving the natural environment of the City of Port Phillip and Elster Creek.
Still most well known for our work with the Little Penguins, projects currently being undertaken by Earthcare St Kilda members include:
- Little Penguin Research
Monitoring the health of Little Penguin and Rakali populations.
- Penguin Guide Service
Penguin Guides on duty each night during the day light saving period to educate visitors and minimise the impact of visitors on the penguin colony.
- Rakali Surveys
- Seagrass Surveys
Seagrass surveys of St Kilda Harbour.
- Northern Pacific Seastar Removal
Reducing the impact of Northern Pacific Seastars around St Kilda Pier and Brighton Sea Baths.
- Foreshore and Reserve Revegetation
Revegetation of foreshore and reserves.
- Port Phillip Nature Watch
Surveys of local fauna, both resident and transient.
- Friends of Elster Creek
Protecting and improving the environment along Elster Creek and Elwood Canal.
- Regular removal of litter from the Little Penguin colony on St Kilda Breakwater
- Public education for school groups, visitors and other interested parties.
- Submissions to government on development proposals which may impact the natural environment of the City of Port Phillip.
Where required, projects are undertaken with the approval of and permits from the relevant government bodies such as Parks Victoria and the relevant State Department.
Members receive regular emails and newsletters about Earthcare St Kilda activities.
For more details on how to become an Earthcare member and access to the membership form, click here.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to support Earthcare St Kilda’s activities then please contact us via earthcarestkilda[at]gmail.com.
Post: PO Box 287 Elwood VIC 3184