Biodiversity volunteering

Volunteering on biodiversity projects greatly helps to protect and enhance important local natural areas. As the Inner West area is highly urbanised, the hard work of volunteers is vital in preserving local native vegetation and wildlife. Some of the benefits of volunteering for a biodiversity project are:

  • Gaining practical skills in bush regeneration
  • Learning about native plant and weed identification
  • Learning about the local natural environment
  • Being outdoors in a friendly environment
  • Meeting new people who share similar interests

View the options below for more information.

Inner West Community Nurseries

Community nurseries

Council's plant nurseries collect seeds, propagate and sell plants that are native to specific areas in the inner west area, such as the banks of the Cooks River.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the community nurseries. Volunteers participate in:

  • Seed collection
  • Seed cleaning and storage
  • Seed propagation
  • Tubing and potting
  • Composting and worm farming
  • Pest and disease inspections
  • Maintenance of the nursery grounds

For more information or to get involved, visit Council's nurseries webpage.

Council Bushcare

Council bushcare

Council is partnered with various bushcare groups around the inner west area. These groups care for specific sites, maintaining vital native flora and fauna. New volunteers are always welcome! For more information and to view all the sites, visit the Council bushcare page.

The Mudcrabs Cooks River Eco Volunteers

The Mudcrabs The Mudcrabs logo

The Mudcrabs are a local community group which cares for The Cooks River and its foreshore environment by regularly collecting rubbish and restoring the bush along the river. The group grew out of the interest and involvement of two people, Chris Bartlett and Ian Bruce, who were involved in the 2005 Clean-Up Australia Day along the Cooks River. These two people then became disappointed that the River was still full of rubbish after the big clean up. They decided to take action into their own hands and begin a regular clean up of the River themselves. Click here to view their calendar for January-June 2018.

To get involved, email click here to visit The Mudcrabs' website.

Inner West Microbat Monitors

Inner West Microbat Monitors

The Inner West Microbat Monitors is a supervised volunteer group that meets for sunset surveys to collect data on microbats using high frequency recorders. New volunteers are always welcome! 2019 dates are as follows:

Summer Hill

Meet at the Cadigal Reserve car park off Grosvenor Crescent, Summer Hill.

  • Tuesday, 22 January 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, 19 March 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, 20 May 4:40 pm
  • Tuesday, 23 July 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, 17 September 5:35pm
  • Tuesday, 19 November 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, 17 December 7:50pm 


Meet at the changing room block at HJ Mahoney Reserve off Wharf Road, Marrickville.

2019 dates to be advised.

For any enquires email

Tempe Birdos

Tempe Birdos

Tempe Birdos volunteers have recorded 110+ bird species since monthly surveying began in September 2011, at Tempe Wetlands and Reserve, a priority biodiversity area in the inner west. The group is supported by Inner West Council through supervision and a Groundwork - Grassroots Sustainability grant. Tempe Birdos meet on the second Saturday of the month, 7:30am at Tempe Lands, Water Basin 1, near South St and Station Street, Tempe. BYO mug and stay for morning tea afterwards!

For more information or if you would like to register as a volunteer, contact Council's urban ecology team at or phone 9392 5865. You can also contact the group and keep on track with the latest sightings by visiting the Tempe Birdos Facebook page.

Wolli Creek Preservation Society

Wolli Creek Preservation Society

The Wolli Creek Valley's 50 hectares of bush support a great diversity of plants and animals and provide exceptional recreation opportunities for local residents and visitors. The Wolli Creek Preservation Society (WCPS) aims to protect this area and has multiple opportunities for volunteers. These include Bushcare (5 sessions a month, at different locations along the Wolli Valley - come to one, or them all!); bird surveying (there are 9 teams checking different parts of the Valley each month); flying-fox counting (a regular, monthly fly-out count); and turtle protection (just getting started). WCPS also offers activities such as walks, talks and kayak tours. For more information, contact, or visit the Wolli Creek Preservation Society website (external link). Photo by WCPS member Gavin Gatenby.

GreenWay Birdos

GreenWay BirdosGreenWay Birdos

Can you spot the tawny frogmouth in the second picture?

Learn how to recognise birds and their calls in your area! The GreenWay Birdos meet fortnightly along the GreenWay (alternating between Dulwich Hill and Hawthorne Canal) to conduct surveys of birds in the local area and in particular around the bushcare sites. The information collected goes to form part of the Atlas of Living Australia, and may well help protect biodiversity in the inner west. Everyone is welcome and in particular newbies! No need to book – just come along. Binoculars available. Stay for a coffee with us afterwards.

Meeting times as follows:

Dulwich Hill Chapter
Meets on Waratah Mills Light rail Outbound platform at 7:30am, fourth Saturday of the month. Route travels along Western street, Fred St and Victoria Street back to the station. Catch us up if you're running a bit late. Finish around 9am.

Hawthorne Canal Chapter
Meets on Taverners Hill Light rail station. Outbound platform at 7:30am, second Wednesday of the month. Route travels along the Canal to Richard Murden Reserve, to Loftus St bushcare site and finishing at the Leichhardt North Light Rail.

To get involved or for more information about GreenWay Birdos, contact or just turn up!

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