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Discovering nature

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Maroondah has an abundance of local biodiversity - indigenous plants, animals and fungi - that can be found in your garden, your street, local bushland and creek reserves, or any of the over 400 parks and open spaces across Maroondah.

Our local biodiversity is a reflection of the diversity, quality and connectedness of the natural habitats found in Maroondah, so the more we can reveal and record our local biodiversity the better informed we are to protect and support it. So we are inviting everyone - from entomologists to children, nature enthusiasts to novices - to become a ‘citizen scientist’ by observing and recording the biodiversity they can find in their local area.

You can use the iNaturalist platform to record your observations of nature and we have prepared a how to guide to help you do so. Every observation of nature that you record within Maroondah using iNaturalist will appear in the iNaturalist project “Nature in Maroondah”. Take a look at others observations - you might be surprised by what has been observed in Maroondah!  

Maroondah are also involved in a number of ‘bioblitz’ initiatives that encourage people to discover the nature near where they live and record their observations including the City Nature Challenge and the Great Southern BioBlitz.” You can find out more information about these below.

Great Southern BioBlitz 2022 (28 - 31 October)

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The Great Southern BioBlitz is an opportunity for all Southern Hemisphere countries to record organisms during Spring and showcase our beautiful biodiversity to the world. The event is run by a grassroots network of keen citizen scientists from across the globe.

Information will be made available closer to the event.

City Nature Challenge 2023 (28 April to 1 May)

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In 2022, 21 metropolitan Melbourne Councils, including Maroondah, joined forces to represent Greater Melbourne and competed against 445 cities from around the world in the annual City Nature Challenge.

During the four-day observation period, residents were invited to find, photograph and record (using iNaturalist) the native plants, animals and fungi that live and grow in our neighborhoods. Working together to find and document nature in our area helps scientists and land managers study and protect these species and the habitats they rely on. See the 2022 City Nature Challenge results below.


Maroondah participated in the City Nature Challenge 2022 (Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May, 2022), collaborating with 20 neighbouring councils to represent “Greater Melbourne"

Overall global results:

  • 1,694,877 observations
  • 50,176+ species
  • 67,220 observers

See Overall global results:

Greater Melbourne results

  • 12,599 observations (33rd overall out of 445 cities)
  • 2,035 species (27th overall)
  • 603 observers (23rd overall)

See all Melbourne -Eastern Metropolitan Area results

Maroondah results 

  • 1,183 observations (3rd of the eight Melbourne - Eastern Metropolitan Area Councils)
  • 342 species
  • 78 observers 

 See Maroondah results

The top 5 most observed species in Maroondah were:

  1. Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
  2. Rainbo Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)
  3. Oxycanus dirempta
  4. Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
  5. Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)


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See all observations

Maroondah participated in the City Nature Challenge 2021 (Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May, 2021), collaborating with seven neighbouring councils to represent Melbourne for the first time as “Melbourne - Eastern Metropolitan Area”

Given that this was the first time that Melbourne has been represented in the global Challenge, the results were astounding!

Overall global results:

  • 1,270,673 observations
  • 47,802 species
  • 55,133 observers

See Overall global results

 Melbourne -Eastern Metropolitan Area results:

  • 7,912 observations (41st overall out of 419 cities)
  • 1,192 species (55th overall)
  • 334 observers (41st overall

See all Melbourne -Eastern Metropolitan Area results

Maroondah results:

  • 2,640 observations (1st of the eight Melbourne - Eastern Metropolitan Area Councils)
  • 570 species
  • 81 observers

See Maroondah results

The top 5 most observed species in Maroondah were:

  1. Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
  2. Cherry Ballart (Exocarpos cupressiformis)
  3. Australian Blackthorn or Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa)
  4. Austral Bracken (Pteridium esculentum)
  5. Hop Goodenia (Goodenia ovata)

At the time, this represented the largest ‘bioblitz’ event ever held in Melbourne.


Grid of nature observations

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