An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

First ClimateWatch Trail for the east coast at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Over the past few months, ClimateWatch staff have been working with staff and volunteers at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney to develop a ClimateWatch trail around the Garden. Many more species field guides have been produced (see species list below) and a Recording Sheet has been developed for the trail. Visit the trail website page for more information.

On the 4 August 2011, a workshop was delivered to the volunteer guides at the Sydney gardens, which introduced the trail, what species to look out for and how to make and record observations through the ClimateWatch website. Part of the trail was walked and an observation on a Gymea Lily was made and entered into the ClimateWatch recording system.

Setting out on the ClimateWatch Trail Some volunteer guides familiarising themselves with the species ID sheet and recording sheet

Rachel Maitland from Earthwatch delivered the workshop and said "It's inspiring to see the program (ClimateWatch) in action and how engaged and excited the volunteer guides are".

Donna Osland, Volunteer Guides Coordinator at the Gardens, said plans are now being made to incorporate the ClimateWatch trail into the guided walks program at the Garden.

Next time you're visiting the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, make sure you visit the Information Counter at the Palm Grove Centre to collect a species ID sheet and recording sheet and walk the ClimateWatch trail. Alternatively, you can download and print them on the trail website page.  Also keep an eye out for guided walks at the Gardens, which will start to include walks of the ClimateWatch trail.

Also keep an eye out for further ClimateWatch trails currently in development for Botanic Gardens around Australia.