Little is known about the impact of climate change on Australia's plants and animals. Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre in Gosford, NSW is an ideal environment for recording information on species to help bridge the information gap, but we need your help!
The Rumbalara Climate Watch Trail is located within Rumbalara Reserve which is under the care and control of Gosford City Council. The trail provides excellent views of Brisbane Water Estuary and the surrounding catchment. Access to the top of the trail (160m above sea level) is via Dolly Ave at Springfield and at the lower end (60m) there is an entry at the end of Donnison St Gosford.
Vegetation mapping (Bell 2004) identifies the vegetation communities along the trail as Narabeen Coastal Blackbutt Forest and Narabeen Coastal Moist Forest.
The trail is part of the Brisbane Water Estuary catchment although parts drain west and south west towards and beneath the Gosford town centre. Other parts of the trail drain east and south east forming minor components of Erina Creek drainage to Brisbane Water estuary.
Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre (EEC) is run by the NSW Department of Education and Communities and provides syllabus related fieldwork at ideal Central Coast locations, supporting school communities in becoming more environmentally sustainable. More information can be found at Rumbalara EEC's website.
Why get involved?
- Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
- Become an observer and help monitor the biodiversity at Rumbalara EEC.
- Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet for Rumbalara EEC 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 Rumbalara 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 Rumbalara EEC, please contact trail coordinator Mark Attwooll.
This ClimateWatch trail was developed with