When you are not volunteering with Earthcare St Kilda there are lots of things you can do to help protect our environment.
Collect Discarded Fishing Line
Improperly discarded fishing line cripples and kills wildlife. Birds frequently become entangled in the line, usually resulting in their death through severing a limb to save themselves or infection from their wound.
You can do your bit to protect wildlife by removing any discarded fishing line that you find. Places to focus are on popular locations for fishing such piers and breakwaters.
The best solution is for anglers to be better educated and more thoughtful about the impact of their activities, but until this happens we need to keep cleaning up after them and prevent as much of this harmful waste from killing wildlife.
Water a Neighbourhood Tree
During the summer our neighbourhood trees can undergo stress due to the heat and lack of water. So why not save some of your shower water in a bucket and use it to water a neighbourhood tree. You can find some tips to on adopting a tree on the City of Port Phillip website – http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/adopt_a_tree_care_tips.htm.
There is litter wherever you go these days and eventually much of it ends up in the ocean to wreak damage on the marine environment, in fact 80% of marine litter comes from the land.
You can do your bit by just picking up three items of litter whenever you go to the beach or park. You can even just keep the street outside your house free of litter. It all helps!
If you are feeling more adventurous you can take a shopping bag with you when you go for a walk or take the dog for its walk and collect litter as you go. If you really get the litter collecting bug you can join a local litter collecting group (such as Beach Patrol) or start your own group.
Plant Your Nature Strip
If you have a plain piece of Nature Strip outside your house or in your street why not plant it up with a native tree, plants or grasses. The council encourages this and it will provide some beauty to your street as well as attract wildlife. There is information about this on the City of Port Phillip website – http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/nature_strips.htm – which includes guidelines and a recommended plant species list.
Recording Wildlife Sightings
You can submit your wildlife sightings to various websites to help better understand the distribution of particular species in our local area.
Feral Animals – https://www.feralscan.org.au
Swans (with a neck collar) – http://www.myswan.org.au/sighting.php
Marine Mammals – https://data.marinemammals.gov.au/nmmdb