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Tracks and Traces 4/03/2018

Tracks and Traces: Finding hidden wildlife of the Dungog Common

Sunday 4 March 2018

This is a citizen science event aiming to identify and record the presence of a range of species of animals and plants found on the Dungog Common with the assistance of professional ecologists/biologists. Check out the details on our Events page. All are welcome, registration and other details can be found here. Like us on Facebook.

Be Bird alert – talk & walk & squawk

Sat 21 & Sun 22 October

Bird talk 3pm Saturday 21 Oct, James Theatre, Dungog

Robert Griffin, a member from Birds Australia (now called BirdLife Australia), will talk about different types of birds & their habits and habitats, some basic recognition tips, information on endangered birds and recent research programs plus some handy hints on what to do when you find an injured bird. Also you’ll find out about the Aussie Bird Count app so you can join in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count 23-29 Oct.

Robert has been a birdwatcher for 40 years. He first became interested in birds while living in the Blue Mountains and while his initial interest was in ‘bush birds’, it now extends to all types of birds including waders and seabirds. He is an active member and supporter of organisations such as Birds Australia and Birding NSW and is involved in monitoring programs such as those for the Powerful Owl and for the Australian Wader Studies Group. He also leads birding tours in Sydney and in regional New South Wales.

Walk & bird count with a mentor Sunday morning 22 Oct

Visit a local bird haven at Dungog Common with a group to spot birds under the guidance of a bird mentor. Time & location details will be arranged at the Saturday afternoon talk at the James Theatre.

Have a squawk at the Big Bird Breakfast Sunday 22 Oct

Meet up after the bird count and find out how it all went over brunch at the Community Garden 103 Dowling St Dungog.

Join in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count 23-29 Oct

Record the birds you see on the Aussie Bird Count app and be part of Australia’s biggest Citizen Science event.


Be Bird alert is organised by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub

Rocky Trail Event 1 Oct

Round 6 of the Rocky Trail Rollercoaster events will be held at Dungog on Sunday 1 October 2017. More details can be found here, with trail details here. And registration  here.

HMBA 3 hour Cross Country Results


On August 27, 2017 there were 56 riders who enjoyed the splendour that is Dungog Common in spring by competing in the Hunter Mountainbike Association’s 3 hour cross country endurance competition.

Full results can be found here:

HMBA Club Racing Results – XC – Dungog 3 Hour – 27/08/17




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