Discover Nature in Hume

Hume’s landscape covers an area of approximately 504 square kilometres, and comprises many significant heritage, landscape and biodiversity values. This includes a range of indigenous plants, threatened vegetation communities, wildlife, waterways and sites of cultural and geological significance.

There are many natural areas within Hume which are waiting to be explored. Walking and cycling are the perfect way to explore these areas and a great way to stay fit.

 

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The annual City Nature Challenge is running from Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May, 2022. Get out into your garden or visit your local park, creek or nature reserve to take some photos of wild animals and plants. Upload your photos as observations to the iNaturalist platform for identification (3 to 8 May), using the phone app or webpage.

This 4-day biodiversity blitz is a global effort, with 419 cities from 44 countries involved in 2021. As friendly competition, cities aim to record as many species possible, and make the most observations by the biggest number of observers, shown on the global tally boardHume City is part of the Greater Melbourne umbrella project with over 25 other local government areas. Let’s showcase Australia’s amazing wildlife to the world!

Your observations will also be automatically added to Hume City’s Wildlife project, which is an important, ongoing record of the species living in our neighbourhoods.

An online session about City Nature Challenge and using iNaturalist will be held on Wednesday 20 April, 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

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Check Council’s Events Calendar for the community survey activities, to boost the numbers and kinds of species found across Hume City. 

And check out the City Nature Challenge 2022 Flyer(PDF, 506KB).

Citizen science involves the public contributing to scientific research with an aim to increase scientific knowledge. You can contribute to a range of important citizen science projects by submitting your observations of nature, simply by using your smart phone.

The Birds of Hume field guide(PDF, 4MB) has photos of 146 different species to help identify your local birds, and get some tips on where to go birdwatching or how to attract more birds to your place.

The Fauna of Hume field guide (PDF, 905KB)shows many of the native and introduced animals found in Hume, including mammals, reptiles and frogs, with advice on how you can help our native wildlife. 

There are a number of community groups working to protect our natural environment by planting and weeding which complements work undertaken by Council. If you are interested in finding out how you can participate, please visit Community Groups for more information, or contact Council’s Sustainable Environment Department on 9205 2200.

Council runs a range of community environmental workshops and events, visit the Events Calendar to find out more.