Field Trip

Travel by ferry to Sydney’s Quarantine Station to discuss bandicoot and little penguin preservation; picnic at Centennial Park while learning about turtle surveillance; or head to Bungarribee Reserve to observe how technology can be used to control deer living so close to human populations. More information on each trip is below.

 

North Head Field Trip

Time: 8.15am – 3.30pm, departing from Aerial UTS Function Centre

Date: Friday 2 August

Price: $220

Inclusions: Private ferry to North Head, coach to the Quarantine Station, morning tea, woodfired pizza lunch

The jewel field trip of the 19th AVPC! Take a private chartered ferry across Sydney Harbour to the stunning North Head in Manly. North Head presents unique requirements and challenges for feral predator control due to its nature as a peninsula and as a key site for little penguin and bandicoot preservation.

Enjoy presentations on key Sydney National Park features, including little penguin beaches, as you cruise along enjoying a catered morning tea. Presentations at scenic North Head will include vertebrate pest control and threatened species at Fairfax Point, fox control for bandicoot and little penguin preservation, and rabbit control at heritage landscape sites. Cap off the day with a return to Sydney Harbour while the private ferry team serve up a woodfired pizza lunch. This field day will be in high demand so be sure to secure your spot ASAP!

The field trip to North Head requires some light walking along mostly flat ground. Be sure to dress for appropriate weather conditions on the day and carry water as necessary.

 

Centennial Park Field Trip

Time: 8.30am – 12.15pm, departing from Aerial UTS Function Centre

Date: Friday 2 August

Price: $95

Inclusions: Coach, morning tea

Enjoy a morning picnic at the picturesque Willow Pond, Centennial Park. View displays of trapping, monitoring and incursion equipment from NSW Department of Primary Industries, QLD Government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sydney Wildlife Rescue and methods to combat the spread of Invasive Species, all while Black Cormorants dry their wings nearby!

Including presentations by:

  • Rob Ambrose – Sydney Wildlife Rescue and La Perouse Snakeman
  • Dr Zoe Spiers – Veterinary Pathologist at Department of Primary Industries Vet Diagnostics Lab
  • Dr Lana Harriott – Queensland Biosecurity
  • Anthony Schofield – Greater Sydney Local Land Services
  • Victoria Greentree – NSW Department of Primary Industries

 

Western Sydney Parklands Field Trip

Time: 9.00am – 2.30pm, departing from Aerial UTS Function Centre

Date: Friday 2 August

Price: $110

Inclusions: Coach, morning tea, lunch

As deer populations push further into peri- and sub-urban areas, methods to effectively contain and control their increasing numbers in a safe and non-disruptive manner provide new challenges. Led by Principal David Kirkland from Greater Sydney Parklands, travel out to Bungarribee Reserve in Western Sydney. As you tour the site see techniques and strategies being demonstrated for corralling and controlling deer so close to human populations and efforts to regenerate nearby native wetland ecosystems and bushland. Enjoy catered morning tea, lunch and refreshments in one of Sydney’s most scenic spaces.

Including presentations by:

  • David Kirkland – Greater Sydney Parklands
  • Jacob French – Greater Sydney Local Land Services
  • Annaliese Geddes – Greater Sydney Local Land Services
  • Troy Crittle – NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Annelise Wiebkin – National Wild Deer Coordinator

The field day to Western Sydney Parklands requires some light walking along mostly flat ground. Be sure to dress for appropriate weather conditions on the day and carry water as necessary.