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Friends of the Gippsland Lakes

We are an independent not-for-profit group that focuses on the environmentally important Ramsar listed Gippsland Lakes system.

We collaborate with the various authorities managing the Lakes, including

> East and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authorities

> East Gippsland Water

> Parks Victoria

> Gippsland Ports


>East Gippsland and Wellington Shire Councils

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Browse through the following posts in our blog, for some of the activities we have been involved in.

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Mathieson’s Paddock

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Burnt Bridge Guided Night Walk

The Friends of the Parks & Reserves of the Gippsland Lakes (FoGL) in association with Parks Victoria invite the community to a summer spotlight night walk to observe nocturnal animals in the wild.

The activity will be held at Burnt Bridge in the Lake Tyers Forest Park located on the Princes Highway 11 Kilometres east of Lakes Entrance.

A spotlight walk at this time of the year provides an excellent opportunity to observe active animals in the trees and seeking food in the water of Toorloo Arm.

Please note that this activity involves walking on bush tracks in the dark and is not recommended for children under 8 years old.

Guides will be;

  • local experienced environmentalists Jim Reside and Rohan Bilney of Wildlife Unlimited, with assistance from Parks Victoria Rangers.

As the night walk is very popular the number of participants will be restricted so if you wish to attend you are asked to register your interest. ( – 5156 2175)

If people would like to have a picnic tea (byo) before the walk, please allow enough time as it is important to have a punctual start once it is dark around 8.45 p.m.

You may also like to bring a snack and drink to have before the start or at the end of the walk.

Participants should wear suitable clothing and bring insect repellent, picnic tea/supper, binoculars, and torch (Guides will carry spotlights for observations).

Directions – Travel approximately 9kms east from Lakes Entrance to the Burnt Bridge turnoff on right, the east side of the highway. Follow the road approximately 1 kilometre to the Burnt Bridge Picnic area on Toorloo Arm, refer to map below (green arrows points to Burnt Bridge) –

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FoGL Macleod Morass Planting Sat 8th October

Prep site 27th August
Planting 8th October
(bbq on Planting Day 1230-1315)

Thanks to Coastcare Victoria (for the funding) and Parks Victoria (for the invaluable assistance), FoGL planted a 3000 sqm area alongside Macleod Morass on Saturday 8th October.
Our hard-working members who did attend got the site planted out and Hughy rewarded our hard slog with a follow-up rain the next day.
Thanks Rob and Jeremy (Parks Victoria), Richard Vuat (Wildseed), Cinnamon, Connor and Torin (all from Bairnsdale Scouts), Jim Reside (Wildlife Unlimited) and Trevor, Nancy, Geoff, Wendy, Bill C, Bill B, Margaret, Anne, Gayle, Jenny, David, Maurice (all from FoGL).

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alongside Saleyards Rd. looking north
alongside Saleyards Rd. looking north

alongside Saleyards Rd. looking south
alongside Saleyards Rd. looking south

AGM Wednesday 3 August

Guest Speaker

Over the past year FOGL has been involved with other partners in developing a research project to examine the extent of the impact of introduced species on native flora in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park One contributor throughout this process has been Bruce Macpherson, Course Coordinator, Conservation and Land Management East Gippsland Institute of TAFE, Forestech Campus. Bruce has spent a great deal of time working with us on Boole Poole to examine the revegetation process following a controlled DSE burns. He has provided a great deal of support in the development of the methodology and supported our efforts to gain funding for the project. This will be an opportunity to meet with Bruce and learn more of the biodiversity and the challenges to sustainability areas around the Gippsland Lakes.

To be held at: Grand Terminus Hotel cnr. Macleod St & Service St Bairnsdale
Time: 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Guest Speaker

Bruce Macpherson, Course Coordinator, Conservation and Land Management
East Gippsland Institute of TAFE, Forestech Campus
Bruce Macpherson has been working in cooperation with FOGL in the development of the project to explore impacts on native flora on Boole Poole Peninsula.

7.30 p.m. Annual General Meeting

    1. Welcome – to Members and Guests.
    2. Apologies
    3. Advice of Proxy appointment forms.
    4. Minutes of 2010 Annual General Meeting.
    5. Reports
    6. Election of Committee
    7. Other Business (on notice)
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Guided Night Walk – Burnt Bridge Thu14Apr 1815-1930

For Members and their guests and interested members of the public, Wildlife Unlimited took a guided walk through the forest at Lake Tyers.

What we saw

On a beautiful moonlit night;
Sugar Gliders brawling,
Several Yellow-bellied Gliders,
Several microbats and the Large-footed Myotis (a bat that flys just above the Lake surface and skims the water for insects and small fish).
We heard the Boobook Owl but didn’t see it, but still just hearing the calls of various animals and birds was magical enough.

Thanks to Jim Reside of Wildlife Unlimited for his knowledgeable and entertaining guidance.

Travel approximately 9kms east from Lakes Entrance to turnoff on right, refer to map below (green arrows points to Burnt Bridge) –

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Metung Bushland Reserve Opening Day Saturday 27 November

To showcase the Metung Bushland Reserve behind the Metung Primary School in Stirling Road.

An extensive upgrade has been undertaken including tree planting, signage, picnic facilities, track formation and establishment of exclusion areas to support regeneration of vegetation.

The project has been implemented through the cooperative efforts of Friends of Metung, Friends of the Gippsland Lakes Parks and Reserves and Park Victoria.

There was a walk under the guidance of Bruce McPherson from Forestech and PV rangers provided insight into the project and the potential this Reserve has for Metung’s native flora and fauna.

10.00 Open Day Commences

11.00 Guided Walk around Reserve

12.30 Sausage Sizzle

1.00 Official Opening and Information Session

Directions – Before entering Metung turn right into Stirling Road. The Metung Bushland Reserve is on the LHS behind the Primary School.

Please park near the Primary School on Stirling Rd. or Park Rd. then walk to the top of the hill using the road on the north side of the Reserve. Vehicular use of this road is restricted to official vehicles and disabled access.

You can also find your way to the Reserve via the Metung boardwalk, take the foot-track signposted “Walking Track to Lawrence Court” (Lawrence Crt. > right onto Wood St. > left onto Christmas St.).

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