Since Coastcare Victoria announced this year’s recipients of its Community Grants Program in May, volunteer groups that received funding have been busy rolling out impressive projects along Victoria’s coastline.  

From tree planting, to weed management, addressing plastic ocean pollution and inspiring children to become future coast carers - the 2019 grants funded a wide range of initiatives to rehabilitate and preserve coastal and marine environments.   

Spreading the word on Red-capped Plovers

Among the projects is a new community education program to protect Red-capped Plovers on the Bellarine Peninsula.  

Standing just 15 centimetres tall, these shore-nesting birds come under pressure as they try to raise their families on increasingly busy beaches over the summer.  

The program, led by the Bellarine Bayside Committee and Birdlife Australia, has recruited volunteers to monitor Red-caps, while also installing fencing and signage around nesting sites.  

Volunteers have received training to monitor local colonies and gather data about numbers, behaviours and threats, providing a better understanding of how to protect the species.

This is one of 28 community projects that received funding through the 2019 Coastcare Community Grants Program, which aim to build environmental and community resilience in a changing environment.   

Why volunteer for nature?

Volunteering for nature with local Coastcare or ‘friends of’ groups is a great way to reconnect with nature, get to know locals who love our coastline and of course, protect our beautiful environment.

Page last updated: 29/11/19