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Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre

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by EricaL (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Editor of: melbourne.kidtown.com.au
Published January 21st 2014
FREE Sunday activity, bird watching and more
My son and I took a visit to the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre last Sunday for a spot of bird watching. To our delight we found the sustainably built centre commissioned by Melbourne Water, houses much more than a bird watching platform.

The Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre, an interesting state-of-the-art building located in Melbourne's South East, opens its doors to the public (FREE entry) every Sunday from 1.00 - 5.00pm.

The Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre
The Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre


It is designed to educate school groups and the local community in the role the wetlands and waterways play, manned by the Friends of the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands (FESW) and Melbourne Water on alternate weekends

The Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre
The Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre


Its panoramic windows provide a beautiful view of the wetlands, with sloped windows which apparently ensure external reflections are always of the ground, never of the sky, to avoid confusing the birds and causing injury. Binoculars are provided, as well as detailed summaries of the birds that can be found in the wetlands. A camera connected to an interactive touch screen map focuses in on areas of the wetlands for wildlife close-ups.

Bird Watching
Bird Watching


Binoculars for Bird Watching
Binoculars for Bird Watching


Panoramic Wetlands Viewing
Panoramic Wetlands Viewing


Children enjoy the wall of bird, bat and frog sound buttons, and educational paper play activities displayed on tables seated with corrugated cardboard chairs.

Wall of Wildlife Sounds
Wall of Wildlife Sounds


The Wetlands Discovery Centre
Wildlife Colouring-in Sheets


Illustrative displays are installed throughout the centre, covering indigenous history, interesting facts, photographs of the area's history, information relating to plants and animals that live in a wetland, and how the wetlands work.

Illustrated Displays
Illustrated Displays


A miniature city structure shows how and where waste water flows from houses into treatment plants, into the rivers and the ocean.

Miniature City Structure
Miniature City Structure


There are small plastic jars of preserved wildlife, fauna and bugs and a small selection of fossils that have been found in the area.

Following sustainability guidelines, the majority of the construction of the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre took place over autumn and winter 2010/2011 to avoid interrupting birds that visit during the warmer months. The centre has rainwater tanks, solar panels, a raingarden and composting toilets (which absolutely fascinated my 5yr old).

Composting Toilet
Composting Toilet


On the day of our visit, Melbourne Water staff were manning the centre, on hand to answer visitors questions. I asked which bird is the rarest seen in the wetlands, to which I was told The Australasian Bittern.

The Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre
The Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre


We unexpectedly spent over an hour at The Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre, and will be visiting again another Sunday in the near future.
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Why? FREE bird watching and wetlands info
When: Every Sunday 1 - 5pm
Phone: Melbourne Water 131 722
Where: 278 Edithvale Road, Chelsea Heights, VIC, 3196
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
And on the far side of these same wetlands, one can find the Friends of Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands manning a bird hide with much closer bird viewing. For times they are open and further information, search on Facebook for their page...
by kayea (score: 0|8) 943 days ago
Very exciting to see the building being so lovingly occupied. You can read more about it, and see other photos here:http://www.mvsarchitects.com.au/doku.php?id=home:projects:edithvale_wetlands_centre

Jan van Schaik
by jan.v (score: 0|6) 2029 days ago
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