The Merri Valley: Nature on Melbourne's northern doorstep
Joining in a bird survey on the Merri Creek is a great way to find out about our fascinating local birds. It's also an enjoyable social get-together, with some gentle exercise. Information collected in the surveys is valuable in showing the changes in bird populations over time, including their response to habitat restoration and revegetation along the creek.
Beginner birders are welcome. Survey leaders help newcomers to see and identify the birds. Bring binoculars if you can, and wear closed-in shoes. A water bottle and sunhat are useful in warm weather. No dogs please, as they reduce the number of birds seen.
Dates and meeting points for the surveys are listed in the Friends' Events Calendar.
Generally twenty to thirty species are spotted in each survey, which involves a one-and-a-half hour stroll around a path circuit. The quarterly surveys are done at ten different locations along the Merri and at Edwardes Lake. More than 125 species have been recorded in the surveys since 2008, and you never know what might turn up next.
Each season brings some different birds to the Merri. If you think an extended winter holiday in north Queensland is a good idea, you're not alone. So do the Sacred Kingfishers that breed along the Merri Creek in spring-summer. But then, the cold is all relative: in autumn the Flame Robins come down from the mountains where they spend summer, and some can be seen in open grassy places around northern Melbourne, including the Creekside grasslands.
Water Quality Testing
Friends of Merri Creek Stream Team groups regularly test water quality of the Merri Creek. You can get involved and learn more about the creek by coming along to a monitoring day.
Monitoring Days and Sites
Merri Creek @ St Georges Road.
Access is by cycling along Merri Creek to just upstream of St Georges Road Bridge, catching the tram (Rout 112) along St Georges Road/Brunswick Street and getting off at Stop 25 and walking north to the creek and down the cycle/pedestrian path ramp. Driving to and parking outside Merri Primary School in Miller Street, Fitzroy North and walking down to the creek.
Photo history of Merri @ St Georges Road SiteClick here
Data History of Merri @ St Georges Road Site