Welcome to the Website of the
Friends of Newport Lakes
We hope you enjoy learning about this beautiful park and the work of the Friends of Newport Lakes.
We welcome feedback on the Website and any suggestions you have for improving it.
Click on Around the Park in the Menu Column to find pages describing what you will see in different parts of the park, for lists of birds, animals and plants and a map of the park.
1. What's On?
Next FoNL event: Sunday June 9th, 2013 at 10 am: This will be a mulching event, preparing the ground for National Tree Planting Day on July 28th, when we will be planting lots of trees for our July event.
Great fun and exercise for young and old, and with our current dry spell it is really important to spread as much mulch as possible, so do come along.
Relax and chat over light refreshments after working.
Meet in the carpark at 9.50 or follow the signs to the work site.
Newport Fruit and Vege Swap: 10.30 to 1.30 in Paveys Park, 3rd Sunday of the month. Bring your excess produce to share and swap.
New aerial photos: Ranger, Andrew Webster, went on a joy-flight recently. His photos show how the forest areas are maturing and the open areas are green and dotted with young trees.
2. Recent sightings
On 2/4/13, the Werribee Wagtails did a walk around the park and were delighted to see two new birds for the Park list. A solitary female Blue-billed Duck was dabbling in the South lake and a young Red-capped Robin was bobbin' around near the BBQs.
Other uncommon sightings in April were fiveYellow-billed Spoonbills feeding in the shallows as the frog-pond dried up and a solitary Cattle Egret resting in the roosting trees.
Lizard sighting: A regular walker in the park reports seeing a large Shingleback Lizard recently. This is one of six species of Blue-tongued Lizards in Australia and is not usually found in this area. Perhaps it is an escaped pet. Hve other people seen it?
Shingleback or Stumpytail Lizard Common or Eastern Blue Tongue
Images in this Recent Sightings section are downloaded from the internet.
3. New works
The FoNL Committee and HBCC rangers are working on the design of a Thank You for NOT Feeding the Birds sign to be located near the stepping stones. This will be funded by money from the FoNL Gate-closing Contract with HBCC.