Welcome to the Ryde - Hunter's Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society.
The Society has been active in local conservation issues since 1966 and is well networked with the broader conservation movement across NSW.
The Society's Constitution states its Aims and Objectives as:
a. The education of the members and the community, particularly in the local area, in nature conservation and protection of the environment;
b. To promote ecologically sustainable land use and development;
c. To promote nature conservation including an adequate system of national parks, wilderness areas, nature reserves, wildlife refuges and corridors and urban bushland reserves; adequate protection measures for native wildlife;
d. Achieving satisfactory measures to safeguard the environment from all forms of pollution to ensure clean air, clean water and a healthy environment;
e. To work for the permanent retention and conservation of all natural areas in the local district and an increase in the area set aside for nature conservation and
f. To undertake the management of the Field of Mars Reserve with Ryde City Council as a major conservation project
We have a regular newsletter Wallumetta which is issued six times a year which attempts to update members on both local environmental issues and issues of wider impact. Our volunteer members keep the Visitors Centre open each weekend. Please contact us if you have concerns about threats to our local natural areas and the precious native fauna which depend on our sensitive bushland areas and waterways.
CELEBRATE WORLD WATER DAY @ THE FIELD OF MARS RESERVE *
Come and learn how maintaining healthy waterways can protect your local biodiversity! Participate in three hands-on activities all designed to help you learn about and protect your local biodiversity and waterways!Dragons of Sydney ‘citizen science’ survey:
Dragons of Sydney invites you to become a “citizen scientist” for World Water Day! We'll be collecting data about the local Eastern Water Dragon population in Field of Mars Reserve.
This data will directly contribute to scientific knowledge of how these large reptiles respond to urbanisation.
Water quality monitoring:
NSW Waterwatch is a citizen science program based around water quality and catchment education.
During today's activity, community members will conduct five types of water quality tests to assess the health of the creek - by testing temperature, pH, electrical conductivity, turbidity and dissolved oxygen. Whilst being guided through these tests, participants will learn the importance of good water quality and the impact that pollution has on the Dragons and other local biodiversity.
Bush regeneration: See first-hand how water quality impacts the native plants and animals in the Buffalo Creek Catchment. A hands-on bush regeneration activity will focus on what we can do to help restore our local bushland.
With a pair of gloves, a bush regeneration tool pouch, loppers and saws, help the Monash Rd Bushcare group (as part of the City of Ryde’s volunteer bushcare program) to regenerate the area.
Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Time: 8:45am – 12.00pm (Please arrive at 8.45am for a 9:00 am start)
Where: Visitors Centre, Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Road North Ryde.
Bring: Please bring a water bottle and wear long pants, a hat, and wear sturdy enclosed shoes (you will not be able to participate in all activities if you are wearing sandals or thongs)
Refreshments will be supplied and a light lunch will be provided for participants after 12 noon.
Registrations essential: Contact Fran at NPA 9299 0000 or online here
* Organised by the National Parks Association of NSW - a non-government conservation group that seeks to protect, connect and restore the integrity and diversity of natural systems in NSW and beyond, through national parks, marine sanctuaries and other means.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
Saturday 25 March 2017 – 3.00pm at the Field of Mars Visitors Centre.
Members are encouraged to nominate for the Committee and make your contribution to an active Society so as to ensure natural environments in the Field of Mars Reserve and the wider community are kept safe for future generations.