Community Bushcare | Redland City Council

About Community Bushcare

Community Bushcare volunteers play an important role in restoring local conservation areas across Redlands Coast. 

With around 40 active Bushcare Groups, we offer a unique opportunity for passionate volunteers to work together in partnership with Redland City Council to improve local nature reserves.

From planting native species and removing weeds and rubbish to montioring flora, fauna and water quality, our volunteers are making a real difference to the Redlands' natural environment.  Each group brings together like-minded members of the community who help improve bushland areas through planting, weeding, rubbish collection and citizen science activities.

Learn more about Community Bushcare with Ranger Stacey. 

Why join Bushcare?

Community Bushcare is a great way to connect with nature, meet like-minded people, learn new skills, share knowledge, and make a difference to the local environment. 

Redland City Council provides groups with equipment, materials, training and the support of a dedicated Bushcare Officer.

Bushcare brings the community and Council together to restore conservation areas by:

  • planting local native species
  • removing weeds and rubbish
  • monitoring flora, fauna and water quality
  • collecting native seed for propagation.

Sign up to our newsletter and learn about our upcoming community plantings, events and Bushcare Program. 

Join Bushcare - Complete your application

Be sure to choose your Bushcare Group from the list below. 

Find a Bushcare group 

Wehr Urban Habitat

Group meeting: Last Sunday of the month at 8.30am
This urban bushland park is known for its beautiful tallowwood trees and fruit trees planted by the Wehr family in years gone by. The Bushcare Group are restoring the site by removing the weeds and revegetating.

Birkdale Bush

Group meeting: Last Sunday of the month at 8am (2pm winter)
Where: Birkdale Bushland Reserve Burbank Road and Palgold Court, Birkdale
An important pocket of urban bushland in the Tarrarrapin catchment area maintained by a hard-working group of Birkdale residents.

Mary Street 

Group meeting: First Saturday of the month at 7.30am
Where: Mary Street Bushland Reserve, Birkdale
 A community group committed to seeing the ongoing restoration of a small bushland refuge for our local wildlife as well as the community.

St James's Park

Group meeting: Last Saturday of the month at 9am
Where: Whitehall Avenue, Birkdale.
A riparian wildlife corridor stretching along Tingalpa Creek. This active group of volunteers works to build on existing habitat and reduce weed numbers.

Capalaba Rotary

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 6am (summer) and 6.30am (winter)
Where: John Fredrick Park, Old Cleveland Road, Capalaba
With a strong focus on highlighting local history, this group rises early each month to remove weeds along Tingalpa Creek and maintain previous large-scale native plantings.

Redlands IndigiScapes

Group meeting: First Tuesday of the month at 4pm (September – April) and 3:30pm (May – August)
Where: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
Work alongside experienced Community Bushcare Officers to help enhance the bushland at IndigiScapes, Redland City Council's environment centre. IndigiScapes has created a special onsite Bushcare Group that provides a great opportunity to learn about our endemic plant species.

Pittwin Park

Group meeting: Fourth Saturday of the month at 8:30am
Where: Capalaba Regional Park, Pittwin Road North, Capalaba
A small pocket of bushland adjoining Capalaba Regional Park with a group of passionate local residents.

Black Swamp Wetland

Group meeting: Last Saturday of the month at 8.30am
Where: Wellington, Queen and Haggup Streets, Cleveland
A unique urban wetland environment within the centre of Cleveland. One of the longest standing Bushcare groups within Redlands Coast.

Oyster Point

Group meeting: Second Sunday of the month at 10am
Where: Nandeebie Park at Erobin Street, Cleveland
A beautiful foreshore Bushcare site that requires maintenance along the embankment.

Coochiemudlo 

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 8am
Where: Coochiemudlo Foreshore, Coochiemudlo Island
A wonderfully diverse small island environment with abundant birdlife, protected wetlands and mangrove habitats. Revegetation work is generally focused on the foreshore dunes.

Point Lookout 

Group meeting: Nursery days every Thursday of the month at 10am and Bushcare working bees are the second Sunday of the month at 8am
Where: The Point Lookout Nursery is located adjacent to Kennedy Drive, Point Lookout. Working bees are held at different sites each month
The working bees are held on the second Sunday of the month from 8-10am at various locations. The Point Lookout Native Nursery is open every Thursday from 10am-12pm. The Nursery is also open on the second Sunday of the month from 8-10am, and on the Sundays when there is a market at Point Lookout from 9am-12pm. 

Upper Weinam Creek 

Group meeting: Third Sunday of the month at 8.30am
Where: Grevillea Street, Redland Bay
This bushcare group works to maintain the lovely Grevillea Street Bushland Reserve which is part of the Weinam Creek corridor.

Karrawong 

Group meeting: Most Tuesday mornings at 9.30am
Where: The Esplanade, Western Beach, Karragarra Island
The smallest of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, but an important part of the island network for birdlife. Restoration work primarily focuses on the western beach area, using assisted regeneration techniques by removing environmental weeds to help our native plants regenerate.

Lamb Island

Group meeting: Every Thursday at 8.30am
Where: Clarkes Point Clarkes Terrace, Lamb Island
Caring for our small pocket of “wild” on Lamb Island, an important cultural and heritage site.

Cow Bay 

Group meeting: First Monday of the month at 9am
Where: Beelong Street, Macleay Island
Restoring and protecting the Cow Bay littoral rainforest – one of the rarest habitats on Redlands Coast.

Mersen Creek 

Group meeting: Second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7.30am
Where: Cavendish Road, Russell Island
Working to enhance the Borrows Street lagoon and Mersen Creek Corridor through tackling problematic weeds and revegetation.

Whistling Kite 

Group meeting: First and third Thursdays of the month at 7.30am
Where: Minjerria Road, Russell Island
A beautiful wetland environment on Russell Island with a dedicated group of Bushcarers working to maintain its unique diversity and encourage the resurgence of its delicate wildflowers.

Helen Street

Group meeting: Last Saturday of the month at 9am
Where: Willard Weber Park, Helen Street, Thornside
Willard Weber Park on the foreshore of Tingalpa Creek is a bushland reserve renowned for its bird life. The group meets up on the last Saturday of the month to remove weeds and revegetate this riparian wildlife pocket.

Penny Lane 

Group meeting: Third Sunday of the month at 8am
Where: Penny Lane Conservation Reserve, Thorneside
Penny Lane is a small but important woodland corridor in Thorneside. Through gentle weeding and occasional plantings, this community minded group are making a difference in a suburban koala habitat area.

Luke Street

Group meeting: Fourth Saturday of the month at 2pm
Where: Eprapah Creek Corridor, Luke Street, Thornlands
Backing onto a very scenic part of Eprapah Creek which provides habitat for many species of birds and Australian fauna. The group meet each month to maintain and revegetate its gullies and other degraded areas.

Thornlands

Group meeting: Second Saturday of the month at 2pm
Where: Thornlands Road Bushland Refuge, meeting on Jerry's Place, Thornlands
Enhancing an important wildlife corridor and wetland through weed management, planting and rubbish removal.

Intrepid Drive

Group meeting: Second Saturday of the month at 9am
Where: Intrepid Drive, Victoria Point
Revegetating and managing weeds along a strip of bushland that is well-used by wildlife.

Egret Colony Wetland

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 1.30pm
Where: Egret Colony Wetland, Egret Drive, Victoria Point
Egret Colony is a significant wetland area and home to a great variety of waterbirds. This group meet each month to tackle weeds with the aim of increasing the buffer of native plants.

Sycamore Nature Belt

Group meeting: Meeting dates and times vary
Where: Sycamore Nature Belt Victoria Point
Caring for a small urban bushland area through managing weeds, planting and rubbish removal.

Hilliards Park

Group meeting: First Saturday of the month at 8.30am
Where: Hilliards Creek Corridor, Wellington Point
Tucked behind the historical Fellmonger Park along the scenic Hilliards Creek is our active Hilliards Park bushcare group. Some volunteers are keen photographers, often recording the numerous bird, insect and fungi species found in their patch.  

Wellington Woods

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 9am
Where: Duncan Street Bushland Reserve, Wellington Point
A social group of long-serving Bushcarers who work in a small remnant corridor for local wildlife.

Sovereign 

Group meeting: Meeting dates and times vary
Where: Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point
Maintaining the Sovereign Waters Foreshore Park area through gardening and weed maintenance.

Group meeting: Second Thursday of the month (except January)
Where: Various locations on Redlands Coast
Bring your binoculars and cameras to monitor bird life in a variety of Redlands Coast bushland reserves. Our Bushcare Birders outings visit some picturesque locations, recording bird identification data whilst enjoying a leisurely stroll. 

Upcoming outings

When: Thursday 13 June 2024, 7.30am
Where: Cameron Court Park & Eprapah Creek, Victoria Point (-27.578414, 153.295298)
Meeting point: Corner of Aspect Drive and Jordan Drive

Group meeting: Various dates. Please email bushcare@redland.qld.gov.au for the next date and location.
Where: Various locations on Redlands Coast
Learn how to monitor the health of waterways through hands-on activities in our local creeks such as surveying water bugs and recording dissolved oxygen levels and other indicators of water quality.

Group meeting: Last Tuesday of the month
Where: Various locations on Redlands Coast
Our Bushcare Seeders are led by an experienced Community Bushcare Officer and/or Nursery Manager to identify and collect seed used to propagate native plants in the IndigiScapes Nursery.

Upcoming outings

When: Tuesday 25 June, 9:30am
Where: Kidd Street Conservation Reserve, Redland Bay
Meeting point: Meet at the northern end of Kidd Street next to the conservation area
Track grade: Moderate with some steep slopes and/or long distances travelled. Average fitness required.
You will find: A favourite reserve due to its understory of wildflowers and grass trees. Less common species are often discovered in this area.

When: Tuesday 30 July, 9:30am
Where: Don and Christine Burnett Conservation Area, Sheldon
Parking: Ford Road car park, corner Ford and  Avalon Roads, Sheldon
Track grade: Challenging - long distance, may have steep slopes and naturally uneven bushwalking tracks. Work up a sweat and raise the heartbeat. Good fitness required. 
You will find: A large, diverse reserve featuring eucalypt forest and moist rainforest gullies with species not common on Redlands Coast.
 
When: Tuesday 27 August, 9:30am
Where: Scribbly Gums Conservation Area, Alexandra Hills
Parking: Street parking on Hanover and Palana Drives
Meeting point: The entrance to the conservation area, down the easement next to 72 Hanover Drive, Alexandra Hills.
Track grade: Some steep slopes and/or long distances travelled. Average fitness required.
You will find: A large reserve home to many ancient gum trees, hosting a good variety of shrubs and groundcovers. If you look closely, you may find some forbs (herbs) and groundcovers such as bluebells, fringed lilies and native parsnip.

When: Tuesday 24 September, 9:30am
Where: Coolnwynpin Nature Refuge, Spirit Drive, Capalaba
Parking: Street parking on Frost Street and Spirit Drive
Meeting point: The entrance to the conservation area, marked by a gate next to 2 Spirit Drive, Capalaba.
Track grade: Easy - relatively flat and/or short distance in length. Tracks are well maintained and easy to walk, making it suitable for most fitness levels.
You will find: Forming part of the Coolnwynpin Creek corridor, this area consists of open forest to woodland with an intact understory and riparian vegetation. This important corridor is dominated by scribbly gums and has a wide variety of other canopy and emergent species.

 

Group Meeting: Second Sunday quarterly. Please email bushcare@redland.qld.gov.au for next date and location.
Where: Various locations on Redlands Coast
The Weed Weavers group visit various Bushcare sites to gather introduced weedy vines which they use to weave into all sorts of things, like baskets and artwork. What a wonderful way to spend a morning, weeding followed by sitting together weaving amongst like-minded individuals.

Group meeting: First Sunday of most months, 8.30am
Where: Various locations on Redlands Coast
This roaming group meet at different koala habitat locations each month to revegetate these priority areas and enhance wildlife corridors.

If you are experiencing issues with completing an application or need more information, please email bushcare@redland.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3824 8611.