Leap into Nature

Montrose Environmental Group continues to collaborate with Leap Into Nature to run sessions for young children (typically 2-5 years). These activities include bush walking, bird watching, frog hunting, and they are a fun and accessible opportunity for kids to discover and learn about the environment around them. Information about upcoming Leap Into Nature events can be found on their website, or by becoming a MEG member.

Friends of Bungalook Conservation Reserves

The monthly working bee at Bungalook Conservation Reserves in Kilsyth South is held at 9:30am on the 2nd Saturday of the month (except January). The meeting place is at the end of Ormond Place, Kilsyth. The morning usually consists of an informative walk, weed removal, litter collection and morning tea. Contact Graeme Lorimer for details on 0403 229 862 or email graeme [at] Photos from working bees are regularly posted on Facebook.

Friends of Heathfield Creek

The monthly working bee at Heathfield Creek (meet on Belvedere Drive near the corner of Richards Road, Montrose) is on the last Sunday of the month (except December and January). It runs from 10 a.m. to approximately 12 noon and is followed by a delicious morning tea. Contact Claire Thomas on 9728 2290.

Spring Bird Walk

Each year MEG conducts a Spring Bird Walk. The guided tour is held by a bird expert who is very familiar with the local environment. The tour provides in depth information and tips to increase your own knowledge. To hear details for the next Spring Bird Walk, become a member and you will be notified in the Spinulosa newsletter. Alternatively, contact us for details.

Informative Bushwalks

Bushwalks led by knowledgeable people are held to involve and engage the community and to pass on knowledge of our wonderful environment. The walks have previously targeted particular events in the ecological communities such as looking at the recovery of vegetation after a fire and spring wildflower displays. Become a member to be notified of upcoming bushwalks.


Presentations on interesting environmental topics are given throughout the year. They are varied in their content and have recently included topics such as fire ecology, the taxonomy of Flax-lily (Dianella) species, creating habitat gardens, interactive wildlife presentations targeted at children and the wonderful world of bats.

Annual General Meeting

Each year MEG holds an AGM which includes a presentation from an environmental expert, and a tasty lunch. The event is usually held in August. In recent years the AGM has been held in the Montrose Town Hall, the costs of which are covered by Councillor Len Cox of the Yarra Ranges Council. A gold coin donation covers the entry fee, and the pre-booked lunch costs about $10. The Spinulosa newsletter following each AGM includes an overview of the presentation as well as a summary of MEG's activities over the past year and the Treasurer’s report.

The 2017 AGM included a presentation from James Frazer about frogs in the local area. Photos are available on Facebook.

Christmas Picnic

Each December the MEG committee and its members are invited to a Christmas picnic for a relaxing afternoon of eating and friendly chit-chat. The picnic is usually held in Montrose or a surrounding suburb, and will be advertised in the preceding Spinulosa, along with the date and time.

The 2016 Christmas Picnic was held at Doongalla Forest. In 2017, it was held at Warrien Reserve. For details about the 2018 Christmas picnic, see our Facebook post.