An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Glen Iris Wetlands

Glen Iris Wetlands, view from the bird hide.
Spotting birds in the beautiful surrounds of the Glen Iris Wetlands © City of Stonnington

Come and explore the Glen Iris Wetlands ClimateWatch trail and discover our local plants and animals.

Experience the sights, smells and sounds of the natural environment on a walk around the Glen Iris Wetlands and discover our new signage, featuring frog and bird sounds plus our interactive stormwater display.

The wetlands consist of three separate water bodies of various size and character, linked by bluestone channels, and a weir on Hedgeley Dene Drain.

Fallen dead trees, nesting boxes and an island were incorporated into the wetlands development to provide birdlife with safe nesting sites inaccessible to humans and their pets. A wide variety of birds visit the area, including white necked herons, little cormorants, little grebes and more. The bird life will increase in number and diversify as the wetlands continue to mature and evolve, and provide more shelter and food.



Southern Bullfrog, Banjo or Eastern Pobblebonk Frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii) in the Wetlands © City of Stonnington


This ClimateWatch trail was created as part of Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne's East by the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA). The project won the Government category for the 2016 Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards, as well as the Local Government category in the 2016 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards.

Why get involved?

  • Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
  • Become an observer and help monitor the biodiversity at Glen Iris Wetlands
  • Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet for Glen Iris Wetlands to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.
  • Make a real difference in your local community.

How to get involved?

  • Download the Glen Iris Wetlands ClimateWatch field guide and recording sheet to mark your observations. Remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.
  • Alternatively, you can record your sightings using the ClimateWatch smartphone app.
  • The trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you.

This is a public ClimateWatch trail that you can do whenever you like. If your school is interested in visiting the site through Stonnington Council area and is interested in visiting the site through Council's Sustainable Schools Program, please contact

This ClimateWatch trail was developed with