The South Coast Environment Fund is a nationally registered tax deductible gift recipient Fund established to help protect the region’s environmental values. It works across the landscape, from Esperance to Walpole, regenerating healthy resilient ecosystems to ensure the South Coast continues as one of the world’s special places.
We have a unique and precious asset – a biodiversity hotspot, home to plants and wildlife found nowhere else in the world.
The Fund is overseen by a dedicated skills-based Board of Management. Our mission is to protect and care for this rich ecosystem to ensure it continues for future generations.
About the fund
The objects of the Association are the protection and enhancement of the natural environment of the region, including coastal and marine resources and in particular:-
· to protect, support and conserve the natural environment and ecology of the region;
· to bring together people, organisations and information so that communities in the region are able to facilitate the better management of the natural environment;
· to promote environmental, social and economic stability of the region amongst the regional community;
· to enhance management of the land, water, air and biodiversity resources in the region;
· to act as an advocate for the regional community in management issues in respect of the natural environment;
· to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate a natural resource management strategy for the region; and
· to promote, financially or otherwise, local and regional initiatives that facilitate sustainable natural resource management.
How you can get involved
We are truly grateful for help from people and organisations who share our vision.
There are a number of ways you can help vulnerable plants and wildlife and the unique landscapes of our Region:
Donate: We value all contributions and will provide a Certificate of Thanks and official receipt for all donations. (Donations over $2 are tax deductible.)
Volunteer/Citizen scientist: We always welcome volunteers to help with our projects, whether it is restoration of habitats, or with other supporting work. We can connect you with other people and groups– it’s a fun way to meet other people with similar interests, as well as performing a valuable service for the environment and our communities.
Project Partner/Sponsor: We have several packages for sponsoring environmental conservation or can tailor a sponsorship arrangement to suit your specific situation.
Please send us a message via the Submit feedback form (insert link to form) or phone us on (08) 9845 8537 for more information. You can keep in touch with our current and future projects and events by signing up for our e-news updates (see bottom of page)
Our current project – Safe Havens for Honey Possums
Nurturing Nature Safe Havens for Honey Possums
Help South Coast Honey Possums survive and thrive !
The SW corner of Western Australia is the only place where tiny honey possums stand a chance of surviving. They are the only marsupial to feed entirely on nectar and pollen and need a habitat rich in flowering plants to give them a year-round supply.
Please give a honey possum a safe home – your generosity will help rebuild important natural habitat for our unique honey possums and give them a safe haven to survive and thrive.
Honey Possums are tiny marsupials which live in the dense native vegetation (Kwongan heathland) found across the south coast of WA. Sadly fires, floods and unintended human impacts have ravaged parts of our Region, damaging the landscape and reducing the availability of food and shelter for native wildlife. Tiny honey possums have limited home ranges and can’t easily escape from an impending disaster.
We need your help to repair and protect their habitat and re-establish plants to give them a year-round supply of nectar to help them survive.
We are planting corridors of local flowering native plants which connect existing remnant vegetation to provide honey possums with the diverse food supply they need. Not only will it provide the perfect home for honey possums, but will give other birds and wildlife a safe shelter from feral predators and a provide a secure pathway for native species to move across the landscape as conditions change due to climate variability. It’s called Connectivity Conservation.
Many honey possums can share a home base about the size of a large house block (around 900 sqm) if there is enough food. The presence of honey possum is an indicator of healthy natural bushland.
This is how your donation will help honey possums:-
$10 will buy a food supply – a nectar producing native flowering plant local to this region.
$20 will buy a special plant - Banksia coccinea – the South Coast iconic Scarlet Banksia – one of the banksia’s regularly visited by honey possums.
$50 will buy a nectar garden - a cluster of plants which flower at different times to give the honey possum a plentiful supply of food.
$100 will provide a special dense banksia sanctuary to provide food and shelter to honey possums and birds (honey possums often curl up to sleep in disused birds nests.)
“For me it is still one of the most precious experiences of my life to discover a honey possum and spend a few moments with a very sweet and stunningly beautiful little animal. They are symbolic of one of the small mammal species that are vital and integral to the healthy functioning of the Kwongan heathland.” Sylvia Leighton, wildlife advocate and local farmer
You can help the Honey Possums - donate at the touch of a button – just click on one of the secure payment options below using credit card/Paypal.
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