Walks and Talks

Berowra Fauna Fair

The Berowra Fauna Fair is coming up, bigger and better than ever. With the support of Hornsby Shire Council we will be celebrating all of the marvellous wildlife with whom we share our bushland home.

On Sunday the 12th March from 10am to 4pm, at the Berowra Community and Cultural Facility (Berowra Community Centre), The Gully Road Berowra, we will commence with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by Uncle Laurie. The centre will be a hub of fauna based activity including native animals, information from wildlife rescue, local plants for sale, a workshop on building a bee hotel and a BBQ run by Apex.  Throughout the event there will be continuous 30-minute talks by experts on bats, birds, frogs, fungi, marine animals, koalas and more. There will be plenty of opportunity to share experiences and ask questions, or just to sit back and learn something new.

The greater Hornsby area is a native animal hot spot and home to some of Australia’s most iconic animals such as the echidna, and threatened species such as the platypus and koala. Learning about these animals is a great step towards making sure they are still here for future generations to enjoy. Other familiar friends, including bandicoots, sugar gliders and glossy black cockatoos, will also be featured in talks at the event.

Speaker Programme

Time Talk
10am – 10.30am Uncle Laurie

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

10.30am -11am Fungi Biodiversity

Vanessa McPherson and Michael Gillings
School of Natural Sciences, Macquarie University

Learn about one of our most important ecosystem engineers in a fascinating talk about Fungi Biodiversity.

11am -11.30am Native Orchids

Wendy Grimm
Australian Native Plant Society

Genoplesium baueri  R.Br. (family Orchidaceae) is an endangered terrestrial orchid species endemic to the Sydney Basin, New South Wales, Australia. Genoplesium baueri was spotted by Wendy Grimm in 2009, as an isolated plant growing along a fire-trail in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, near Mount Colah with members of the Australian Plants Society North Shore Group. G. baueri was previously recorded in the 1940’s around Cowan and Mt Colah.

Wendy went on to monitor several populations of the rare orchid 2009-22 in local National Parks and nature reserves and published the results in Cunninghamia and was awarded a MPhil for her studies. Wendy has been part of the APS NSG Walks & Talks program at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden since retiring as a hospital scientist in 2007 and has enjoyed a life-long enthusiasm for geology, flora & fauna and conservation of the environment.

11.30am -12pm Wildlife in our Gardens – the Benefits

Jenny Sistrom
Sydney Wildlife Rescue

12pm – 12.30pm The Secret Life of Spiders

Dr Helen Smith
Australia Museum

Helen Smith works behind the scenes at the Australian Museum in Sydney where she helps to look after one of the largest spider collections in the southern hemisphere. These spider specimens are for research, so they are carefully preserved and labelled. But Helen also loves to get out and about to see what spiders and other little animals are up to in their day-to-day lives. Have you ever wondered why there are silk lines across the bushes glistening in the sun, or marvelled as a huntsman spider defies gravity to run across a smooth window? Or maybe you spotted a white speck moving in your lawn then realised it was attached to a camouflaged spider – what was that all about?
Come for a peep into the secret world of our 8-legged friends and find out about some of the astonishing things they do every day as they live their spidery lives.

12.30pm –
Come Fly with Me

Judy Harrington
Birdlife Australia

A talk about your special Glossies and Powerful Owls as well as some of the other local birds people can see in the backyards or the surrounding bushland. Plus some hints on attracting birds to your gardens

1pm – 1.30pm Platypus and Koalas

Sue Martin and Pat Schwartz
CHEN and Glenorie Environment Centre and Hills – Hornsby Rural Koala Project

An update on the wonderful work in the local area to detect platypus and koalas in our local bushland.

1.45pm – 2.15pm Seahorses, seadragons, tropical fishes and corals: the Sydney scene.

David Booth and Gigi Beretta
UTS and FoBV

Sydney is a major hub of marine biodiversity but also a hotspot for climate change.  Gigi Beretta and David Booth are marine ecologists who study marine fishes and corals from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney.  We will discuss our work in Sydney on seadragons, seahorses, invading tropical fishes and new subtropical coral beds off Sydney!

2.30pm – 3pm Native Bees

Kids Connecting Nature

Learn about our native bee species

3pm – 4pm Bee workshop – pre booked free for the first 18 participants ( 1 ticket per family)

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Kids Events

Time Name
10am-2pm Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park and Sydney Bats

Meet our amazing local wildlife – grey headed flying foxes (the bats), turtles, lizards, pythons and an echidna.

10am-2pm Snake SafetyJabiru Wildlife – live snakes and snake safety demonstration
11am-1pm Insects and other Mini beasts

Australian Environmental Education and Nature Know Australia

Display of insect materials, and some live animals to interact with.

Outdoor program.

2 x minibeast hunts –



25 minutes each

Discover local bugs and creatures and learn more about them. 15 to 20 children

2 x mindful moments in nature sessions – slow down and play with nature materials and sensory sessions

25 minutes  each



12 children per session – Signup on the day


2pm-4pm Australian Wildlife Displays

Ringtail possum, Tawny Frogmouth, Bluetongue Lizard, Green Tree Frog, Diamond Python, Lace Monitor and Long-necked Turtle

2.30pm -4pm Bee Hotel Workshop – pre-booked

Kids Connecting Nature

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2 replies on “Berowra Fauna Fair”

Fantastic to see the effort Friends of Berowra Valley puts into conserving and educating the public about our wonderful local environment. The work continues their proud 30 year history of conservation in the local area. Congratulations team.

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