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Nature Watch: the study of seasonality in Nature

One of the main objectives of this Nature Watch diary is to give community members the opportunity to record what is happening in the natural environment around us, day by day, throughout the year.

Most people who participate in systematic recording of their daily natural history observations soon become fascinated by the regular and predictable sequence of happenings in nature. On comparing notes made with those of previous years, the outstanding impression is how much nature is on ‘time’. Experienced nature watchers can get to the stage where they can predict to the very week of the year when a certain plant will commence flowering, or when a certain migratory bird is sure to be seen or heard. Yet there is always something new to discover!

When you ‘get hooked’ on keeping a diary of natural events you realise what an enjoyable and rewarding activity it is.

You can ‘nature watch’ anywhere, wherever you live, whether in a rural area, suburbia, exploring a National Park, walking along a beach or just watching in the confines of your own backyard.

Your Observations may include:

  • What plants are currently in flower (or in bud, or in fruit)
  • What birds are seen that day, that week
  • Examples of animal behaviour, feeding, breeding
  • Patterns of migration
  • Weather phenomena
  • Insect life cycles, behaviour, population explosions
  • Wetlands phenomena, eg periods of inundation
  • Seaboard phenomena, eg spring tides
  • Interconnections, linkages, relationships
  • Appearance of fungal fruiting bodies and so on……. .

The Central Coast Nature Watch Diary will give Nature Watchers within the community an opportunity to rediscover the seasonal changes and co-happenings in nature, which the Aboriginal people observed and understood so well in the thousands of years prior to European impact. They will also be keeping tabs on the diversity of plants and animals within the Central Coast region.

Join The Nature Watch Network

If you would like to become a member of Nature Watch download the Naturewatch_Registration Form(PDF_13KB)  fill in all your details, and return it to:

Nature Watch Project
Community Environment Network
P.O. Box 149, Ourimbah, NSW 2258

Contact details

CALL 02 4349 4756

FAX 02 4349 4755

PO Box 149 Ourimbah NSW 2258

The Manor, Central Coast Campus
University of Newcaste
Brush Road Ourimbah


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