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
  • maintain tracks and trails
  • 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 

Mountain Biker's Trailcare Trackpark

Group meeting: Second Sunday of most months at 7am
Where: Scribbly Gums Conservation Reserve
Constructing and repairing various Redland City Council mountain bike trails in an environmentally sustainable manner.

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 9:00am
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 6.30 am (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 (summer) and 3:30pm (winter)
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: Third 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 8:00am
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 - 12noon. 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-12 noon. 

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.

Mountain Biker's Trailcare Bayview

Group meeting: Fourth Sunday most months at 7am
Where: Bayview Conservation Area
Constructing and repairing various Redland City Council mountain bike trails in an environmentally sustainable manner.

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.

Karragarra North

Group meeting: Second Thursday at 3pm
Where: The Esplanade, Karragarra Island
Rehabilitating the foreshore reserve to remove weed infestations and improve the natural bushland for the enjoyment of the community.

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 it's unique diversity and encourage the resurgence of it's 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 renown for its bird life.The group meet 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 it's 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 time 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 7 March 2024, 7:30am
Where: Eprapah Creek Corridor and Lake, Lakeside Blvd, Victoria Point (-27.585039, 153.278471)
Parking: At the end of Lakeside Boulevard behind the movie cinemas
A foot path leads west into the reserve where there will be opportunities to spot Australasian Darter, White-throated Treecreeper, White-throated Honeyeater, Golden Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Olive-backed Oriole, Eastern Yellow Robin, Eastern Koel, Eastern Spinebill, Eastern Whipbird, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Leaden Flycatcher, Little Shrike-thrush, Spangled Drongo,Superb Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, White-browed Scrubwren and White-breasted Woodswallow

When: Thursday 11 April 2024, 7:30am
Where: Mount Cotton Community Park, Bohemia Court, Mount Cotton (-27.637140, 153.247297)
Parking: Carpark off Bohemia Court.
Discover the lakes where waterbirds and Magpie Geese thrive, as well as the adjacent bush and revegetated zones, host to a range of bush birds.On the walk you may see Australasian Darter, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Dusky Moorhen, Superb Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, White-throated Honeyeater, Little Friarbird, Noisy Friarbird, Red-browed Finch, Double-barred finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Brown Goshawk, Eastern Koel, Sacred Kingfisher, Dollardbird, White-throated Gerygone & Pied Currawong.

Group meeting: Various dates. Please email bushcare@redland.qld.gov.au for next date and location.
Where: Various locations on Redlands Coast
Learn how to monitor the 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 lead 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 27 February 2024, 9:30am
Where: Point Halloran Conservation Area, Victoria Point
Parking: The carpark off Ohana St, Pt Halloran Conservation Area, Victoria Point
Track grade: Well maintained, flat and easy to walk. Suitable for most fitness levels. 
A short circuit track provides an interesting walk through melaleuca and eucalyptus forest before opening to casuarina forest and saltpan.

When: Tuesday 26 March 2024, 9:00am
Where: Scribbly Gums Conservation Area, Flinders Street (second entry point), Alexandra Hills 
Parking: Park at the end of Flinders Street
Track grade: Well maintained, relatively flat and easy to walk. Suitable for most fitness levels. 
This large conservation area provides a connection through to Cleveland. the reserve is largely dominated by mature scribbly gums and hosts many shrubs and groundcovers of interest. If you look closely, you will find bluebells, fringed lilies and native parsnip. 
 
When: Tuesday 30 April, 9:30am 
Where: Chatsworth Circuit, Capalaba
Parking: Meet on Chatsworth Circuit next to Capalaba Fire & Rescue Station and Capalaba Police Station
Track grade: Well maintained, relatively flat and easy to walk. Suitable for most fitness levels. 
This reserve is open forest to woodland with good understory of species such as slender westringia, ground orchids and golden glory pea. This remnant vegetation 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 art work. 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.