A view across the lake at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Sanctuary and Land for Wildlife

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is one of the few significant remaining natural bushland reserves in Melbourne and the best-known bushland park in the City of Whitehorse. With its high quality indigenous bushland, lake and wetlands, extensive walking-tracks and informative Visitor Centre, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is a living reference to the natural and cultural history of the district.

Schools and the general community enjoy excellent learning opportunities through the Sanctuary’s well respected Environment Education Program.

An important environmental asset for residents of Whitehorse and the wider Melbourne Metropolitan Area, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is just that – a sanctuary, a place of protected habitat for plants and animals.

Visitors are asked to respect Blackburn Lake Sanctuary’s bushland and wildlife in order to preserve this precious asset for future generations.

Recent Events at Blackburn Lake

Website update

Our website has been updated so that it is available to be viewed on a computer as well as your smart phone.

We have also included a new section for the Bird Survey under 'Fauna & Flora > Bird Survey Results'.

Spring Bird Survey

On October 8th, another Bird survey was completed. These surveys are carried out twice a year at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary the in Spring and Autumn seasons.

This most recent survey was conducted and lead by Ian, Greg and Geoff with approximately 29 people attending in total. As for the birds, there were a total of 36 different species either seen, heard or both, as the group made their way around the lake.

As this is a biannual event, we will be dedicating a space on the website for the survey results.

New Visitor Centre Entrance Official Opening

On Saturday 30th April, the newly designed Visitor Centre entrance was unveiled by the Mayor of Whitehorse Cr. Phillip Daw. The new design has transformed the once old building into a magnificent structure taking inspiration from the beak of the Wedge-tailed Eagle.

A special thank you to those who put so much time and effort into the project, and for everyone who came to the ceremony to celebrate in this milestone achievement for the sanctuary.

Entrance of the Visitor Centre at the opening Mayor Cr. Phillip Daw at the opening of the Visitor Centre Blackburn Lake Advisory Committee Chairperson Sue Fenton as the opening of the Visitor Centre Inside the Visitor Centre at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Outside the Visitor Centre at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Opening of the Yarning Circle

Recently we had the opening of the Yarning Circle at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.

Opening of the Yarning CircleOpening of the Yarning Circle Opening of the Yarning Circle Opening of the Yarning Circle Opening of the Yarning Circle

Green Army at BLS

The Green Army helping out at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Green Army Volunteers Learning

Celebrating the new lake wall artwork

Rotary volunteering helping out at the Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

The new playground is open!

Architect and family in front of the new playground at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Architect and family in the tower of the new playground at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Kid playing on the turtle in the new playground at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Family playing on the rotating swing at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Sue Fenton with the Architect of the new playground at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
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Upcoming Events

Special Guest

Timelines of the Middle Yarra Re-Visited

Sunday July 30, 2017

In 1995, the Timelines six season calendar was created to provide a structure to understand local events in nature; so what has changed in the past 22 years?

Presented by Glen Jameson, researcher & co-author of this calendar

2pm at the Visitor Centre. This is a free event. No booking.
All Welcome

Working Bee

Follow up on Winter Planting

Saturday August 5, 2017

9:30am to 11:30am
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Special Guest

“Wild Orchids – wild gems”

Sunday August 13, 2017

“Urimbirra” Little Desert Landcare Co-op are sharing their AGM Guest Speaker with us! - Gary Backhouse  presenting “Wild Orchids – wild gems”
 

Gary has a keen interest in natural history and wild orchids and has visited major orchid areas throughout Australia and the world, photographing about 5,000 species of orchids in the wild. He has co-authored several books on orchids including 'Wild Gems: A guide to the wild orchids of Victoria, Australia'. Gary will talk about the orchids of Victoria and his new book, Bush Gems.
2pm at the Visitor Centre. This is a free event. No booking.
All Welcome

Working Bee

Bushcare's Major Day Out

Saturday September 2, 2017

9:30am to 11:30am
Note: Our event is on Saturday
Meet at the Visitor Centre, wear appropriate clothing, bring gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves provided.
Please join us for morning tea after.
Activity levels to suit all abilities.
Children are welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Don’t forget your hat and water bottle.

Special Guest

Spatial ecology of the Powerful Owl

Sunday September 10, 2017

Presented by researcher Nick Bradsworth.

Come and hear how this magnificent, but elusive bird survives in suburbia, and how we can help! What to do if you spot one!

Citizen Scientists welcome!

2pm at the Visitor Centre. This is a free event. No booking.
All Welcome