Bermagui cemetery event to document flora and fauna

Bega Valley Shire Council and Atlas of Life are pleased to present the third Life in our Cemeteries event at the Bermagui cemetery at 11am on Saturday 9 July.

Bermagui Cemetery
23 June 2022

Bega Valley Shire Council and Atlas of Life are pleased to present the third Life in our Cemeteries event at the Bermagui cemetery at 11am on Saturday 9 July.

Council’s Environmental Engagement Officer, Erin Moon said this is an opportunity for community members to visit our cemeteries to document the plants, insects and animals that live in and around them.

“These types of environmental programs are for everyone - young and old - and are a unique way for local residents and volunteers to connect with nature and each other,” Ms Moon said.

“We had a great crowd at Bemboka cemetery in March, who got to see a lot of insects, enjoyed a good plant search and even got to see a platypus in the Bemboka River.

“In Bermagui we hope to see a similar interest and involvement by the local community in learning about our natural environment while uncovering some unique local histories.

“People may be surprised to discover that many of our shire’s cemeteries contain endangered ecological communities and threatened species.

“Bermagui cemetery is home to Bangalay sand forest, an endangered ecological community that occurs in a fragmented thin strip along our shire’s coastline. Ongoing community monitoring through citizen science programs like this will help to inform their future management.”

Chairperson of Atlas of Life, Libby Hepburn said citizen science is about encouraging the interests and talents of our local communities to help us learn more about our natural environment.

“Everyone who joins the event will explore this lovely place and can document what they find on the iNaturalist app; photographs are loaded onto the iNaturalist website so the identity of the plant, insect or animal can be confirmed,” Ms Hepburn said.

“We hope we can bring to life another aspect of the cemetery and demonstrate the important role plants, insects and animals play in the local ecosystem.

“Botanical expert, Jackie Miles will lead a ‘walk and talk’ to indicate and record the plants of the cemetery and its surrounds and local historian, Fiona Firth will speak on the history of the cemetery.”

Atlas of Life assures the community that full care and respect for the cemetery and those interred will be maintained during this event.

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The Atlas of Life is a not-for-profit organisation and an ongoing citizen-science project.


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