One of the main objectives of this Nature Watch diary is to give you the opportunity to record what is happening in the natural environment, 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!

Once 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, whether just watching in the confines of your own backyard, exploring a National Park or walking along a beach.

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

The pdf format Central Coast Nature Watch Diary (582.86 KB) 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 contribute to a regionally significant account of the biodiversity within the Central Coast region.

This Nature Watch Diary is a small part in a much larger network of Nature Watchers representing observations from 80 bioregions throughout Australia. This larger network is co-ordinated by Alan Reid, President of the Gould League of Victoria in the Timelines Project Australia.

Download your initial diary sheets, print them out and fill them in, before sending them to the Central Coast Community Environment Network CCCEN at naturewatch@cccen.org.au, or by fax to (02) 4349 4755 or by post to PO Box 149 Ourimbah 2258.

For additional assistance, take a look at some helpful hints on how to use your nature watch diary.