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The Society has been active in local conservation issues since 1966 and is well networked with the broader conservation movement across NSW.
The Society's Constitution states its Aims and Objectives as:
a. The education of the members and the community, particularly in the local area, in nature conservation and protection of the environment;
b. To promote ecologically sustainable land use and development;
c. To promote nature conservation including an adequate system of national parks, wilderness areas, nature reserves, wildlife refuges and corridors and urban bushland reserves; adequate protection measures for native wildlife;
d. Achieving satisfactory measures to safeguard the environment from all forms of pollution to ensure clean air, clean water and a healthy environment;
e. To work for the permanent retention and conservation of all natural areas in the local district and an increase in the area set aside for nature conservation and
f. To undertake the management of the Field of Mars Reserve with Ryde City Council as a major conservation project
We have a regular newsletter Wallumetta which is issued six times a year which attempts to update members on both local environmental issues and issues of wider impact. Our volunteer members keep the Visitors Centre open each weekend. Please contact us if you have concerns about threats to our local natural areas and the precious native fauna which depend on our sensitive bushland areas and waterways.
In the mid 1960s, with an increasing amount of waste needing disposal, Ryde Council looked to an expansion of the small tip in the Field of Mars Reserve. Council proposed to pipe Buffalo and Stranger's Creeks to facilitate a landfill area to a depth of up to 15m feet which could then be re-developed into playing fields. Local residents united to form the Anti-tip Action Group and lobbied to reverse Council's plans for a tip at the Field of Mars. The tip was moved to Porter's Creek which to this day still requires substantial funds to control the environmental damage arising from past use as a tipsite. With the Field of Mars saved the Society was established in January 1966.
In September 1966, Ryde Council advised the Society that it agreed to their proposal to development of the Field of Mars Reserve as a flora and fauna sanctuary. Hard work over following decades has seen restoration of old degraded areas of the Field of Mars and protection of the area as a Wildlife Refuge. A Visitors Centre was built and then the Environmental Education Centre which is visited by about 10,000 students each year.
Sunday 11 August 2019 from 10am Family Festival in the Field of Mars
(There is no entry charge but donations welcome)
Events at special times include:
* Prior registration is essential for events marked * – see below
* Prior bookings are essential for guided walks and Tiny Tunes (specify time and number of children) as numbers are limited: phone or leave a message for Alfred on 9879 6067 or email email@example.com
Main entry to the Field of Mars Reserve is at Pittwater Road: there is a carpark outside the gate, under the concrete viaduct. Additional entrances with on-street parking are at Kennedy St, Westminster Rd and Monash Rd.
Saturday 31 August 11am: Powerful Owl Talk by B. Mott at Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre, organised by City of Ryde Council. Details will be on https://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/Events/Listing
Saturday 28 September at: Rainwater Tank Workshop at Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre, organised by City of Ryde Council. Details will be on https://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/Events/Listing
October: (to be organized by our Society and date yet to be set): Celebrate National Bird Week with walks led by our resident expert Cathy Goswell.