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Bushwalks in Lane Cove
Backyard Habitat Program

Bush Kids

(activities for children)

Sustainability tips


Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko, a shy nocturnal creature


Exploring Batten Reserve


Mountain Devil, a Sydney sandstone plant species

aboriginalwalkjan06webphoto_000.jpgExploring rock shelters with an indigenous guide

bushcaretrainingwebpic_001.jpgLearning to identify common weeds and native plants at the Bushcare training workshop

gompholobiumlatifoliumwebpic_001.jpgGompholobium latifolium - a local species from the Fabaceae family


Walks and Talks


Please be aware the events listed are subject to ongoing NSW health advice and current COVID-19 restrictions. Council will notify booked participants by email if the advertised event is modified or cancelled. 


Aussie Backyard Bird Count
Monday 18 October - Sunday 24 October
The Bird Count is a fun, safe activity that can be enjoyed no matter the COVID situation in your area. All it takes is 20 minutes in your backyard, local park, or favourite outdoor space – anywhere you can count birds. This provides a snapshot at the same time each year, allowing us to look at trends in our bird communities, and enabling you to make an important contribution to citizen science from your own home!
To register or find out more, visit

DIY Backyard Spotlight
The weather is warming up and creatures are on the prowl.... why not try a Backyard Spotlight in your own garden? Become familiar with nocturnal animal calls to help you identify wildlife in your backyard.


Birds of the Bush: A Virtual Tour
Viewing available from 1-14 November 2021
Presentation link: Opening soon
This event is from our Festival by the River Program
Join ecologist and educator Renée Ferster Levy as she weaves a story about the amazing birdlife found in the bush along the Lane Cove River at Ventemans Reach. From colourful Lorikeets and tiny Fairy-wrens to the cryptic Tawny Frogmouth, Renée will share her stunning photos and wealth of knowledge about the birds that can be found all around us. Get to know more about our local birds, what they look like and where they live. You'll be inspired to take this riverside walk and enjoy the birdlife you discover!

Frog Calls: Celebrating FrogID Week
Thursday 4 November, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Zoom online presentation
Bookings essential: Book online
Did you know every frog has a unique call? Frogs are more often heard than seen and with over 240 species in Australia, that's a lot of noise!
From ground-dwelling toadlets to agile tree-frogs, these amazing creatures can tell us a lot about our environment. Scientists are gaining more information than ever about our frogs thanks to Citizen Science project FrogID. Celebrate FrogID Week and discover fascinating facts about frogs with Nadiah Roslan from the Australian Museum including how you can use FrogID to help put frogs on the map.

Saltwater Country, Saltwater People
Friday 12 November, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Zoom online presentation
Bookings essential: Book online
Discover more about the Cameraygal and Wallumedagal clans of the north shore region and how the Indigenous people of this area of Saltwater Country used the marine environment of the harbour and rivers. Join Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Office as she shares her knowledge of Aboriginal culture, kinship and connection to Country.

Wild Pollinator Count
Sunday 14 November - Sunday 21 November
Get busy with bees and other insects during the Wild Pollinator Count. Pollinating insects include butterflies, wasps, flies, moths, beetles, thrips and more! You can join in by watching any flowering plant for just ten minutes sometime during the count week and document what you observe. You don't need to be an insect expert or need fancy gear and you may be surprised by what you see!

Check out for further details on joining in, plus great information on identifying insects.


Powerful Owl Season Update
Wednesday 1 December, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom online presentation
Bookings essential: Bookings open soon
Join us for an owly update and see what our Sydney Basin Powerful Owls have been up to throughout 2021. Birdlife Australia will share the results of this latest breeding season and discuss the ongoing work on genetics and rodenticides as well as other challenges our urban owls are facing. Tune in for a great overview and discussion on our owls.


To ensure our face-to-face activities are COVID-19 safe, numbers to these activities are strictly limited. We will also be physically distancing on site and hand sanitiser will be provided. Please do not attend on the day if you are feeling unwell or have any cold/flu symptoms.  

HarbourCare is Council's volunteer program aimed at collecting litter before it is lost into the waterways and harbour. To find out more about upcoming Clean Up Kayak Trips and other information, visit

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Events & Activities are updated throughout the year so check back here regularly for new information.​

Unless otherwise specified, please contact the Bushland Interpretation Officer either via telephone (02) 9911 3566 or email for more information about upcoming events and activities.

The Aboriginal Heritage Office runs aboriginal cultural and educational events in the North Sydney area. Visit their website:

Lane Cove Bush Kids (Activities for children) provides fun outdoor nature-based activities for children aged 2 - 5 years! Keep up to date with Lane Cove Bush Kids activities. Families that are members of Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society receive two free family vouchers each year of membership.  To find out more, go to Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society web page.