Bringing the birds back

Edgars Creek in Coburg North is undergoing a major transformation.

Due to the passion and dedication of the volunteers of Friends of Edgars Creek (FoEC), an active community group established in 2007 to restore and protect Edgars Creek, the creek is coming back to life like never before.

Over the past 10 years, the effects of hard work, dedication and the fierce commitment to improving and preserving the natural environment is paying off with dramatic effects such as improvement in water quality and increased wildlife populations, particularly bird life.

I’m involved with the group as a committee member, as the Website and Media Co-ordinating Manager and each month, my husband Ben and I take part in the organised planting and maintenance activities that the group hold. In between the planned events, we are frequently at the creek enjoying all it has to offer and undertaking maintenance such as re-staking, reapply tree guards, weeding and rubbish removal.

A planting site
FoEC’s re-vegetation area, Coburg North, Victoria, Australia
Natural bird habitat making a come back

Bird life

Due to the sheer number of native plants being planted, the birds are coming back to the creek and what a site it is to see!

Here are just a few.

White-faced heron
Red-browed finch
Spotted pardalote

Visit the FoEC website to view more wildlife that is found along the creek.

FoEC is on a mission to …

Improve the environmental and recreational quality of the Edgars Creek reserve by:

  • advocating for the management of this important waterway as an entire freshwater ecosystem;
  • working with local Councils and Melbourne Water to ensure any maintenance and development works deliver a real and direct benefit to the creek corridor;
  • organising and facilitating events for the community to be involved in restoration works and environmental education; and
  • communicating with developers to ensure they understand how strongly the community values the creek reserve from both an environmental and recreational perspective.

If you are in the area or have a chance to become involved in a planned activity, visit the website for more details and learn more about future events and the group. They are a great bunch!