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Events - 2023

Contact details for the BMCS Events Coordinator are on our Society Office Holders webpage. Most events below are organised by the BMCS. Some other conservation related events are included, with the organisers noted.

The BMCS organises many regular activities throughout the year which are not listed on this page. See our Bushwalking, Bushcare, Plant Study Group, Wild TING and Plant Nursery webpages for details about these other regular activities.

 Sunday 22 October
2023 Mick Dark talk for the Future - to be delivered by Nardi Simpson. This event is scheduled as part of the 2023 Blue Mountains Writers' Festival. 4.30pm to 5.30pm. The Mick Dark talk is jointly organised by BMCS and Varuna, the National Writers' House.
 Saturday 23 September
2023 Bat Night, 6pm to 8pm, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Organised by BMCC, Australasian Bat Society and BMCS.
 Saturday 2 September
2023 Springwood Festival - BMCS stall - 9am to 4pm (including BMCS propogated native plants for sale). BMCS stall adjacent the Gas Centre shop at 144 Macquarie Rd. Event organised by Springwood Festival Inc.
 Saturday 5 August
Wildlife Rescue Makers Muster Lawson Mechanics Institute. Organised by Woolly Wildlife Warriors.
 Saturday 24 June
Winter Magic Festival stall Katoomba Street, Katoomba. Organised by Winter Magic committee.
 Saturday 27 May
Nest Boxes for Wildlife - talk and boxes available at Mid Mountains Community Centre, Lawson. Organised by the BMCS
 Friday 31 March
BMCS Annual General Meeting at Wentworth Falls School of Arts. Guest speaker; Andrew Cox from the Invasive Species Council. Organised by the BMCS
 Wednesday 8 March
SOLD OUT - The Message of the Lyrebird film screening at Glenbrook Cinema. Organised by the BMCS and BMBO.
 Saturday 25 February
NSW State Election Candidates' Forum at Mavis Wood Hall, Mid Mountains Community Centre, Lawson. Organised by the BMCS
 Thursday 16 February
Twilight Gathering at Wentworth Falls School of Arts. Organised by the BMCS.
 Saturday 11 February
BMCS Nursery stall at the OWN's Strong Women Staying Vibrant' Forum at Wentworth Falls School of Arts. Organised by OWN (stall by BMCS Nursery Manager).

Saturday 5 August
BMCS table at Wildlife Rescue Makers Muster
1.30pm - 3.30pm Saturday 5 August
Lawson Mechanics Institute, 284 Great Western Highway Lawson
Winter Magic Festival

The Wildlife Rescue Makers Muster is a community event organised by the Woolly Wildlife Warriors.

Meet Blue Mountains wildlife rescuers/carers; learn to make what carers need now and for disaster stockpile; share yarn to make wildlife rescue resources.

The Society will have nest boxes available (suitable for Eastern Rozellas)

Saturday 24 June
BMCS stall at Winter Magic festival
9am - 4.30pm Saturday 24 June
Lower end of Katoomba Street, Katoomba
on the western side near Sanwiye Korean Restaurant / Hominy Bakery.
Winter Magic Festival
The Winter Magic Festival is a community event which celebrates the winter solstice.

On Winter Magic weekend artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs and community take over the town with the main street of Katoomba closed to motor traffic and open to pedestrian traffic.

The streets are lined with market stalls, available spaces are converted to music and performance stages, and everybody who attends is encouraged to dress in costume.

Can you help out at the Society's stall at Winter Magic?

Society stall at Winter Magic
Volunteers are needed for the Society's Stall, but if you can't volunteer, please drop in and say hello. Our stall in located at the bottom end of Katoomba St near the Hominy Bakery.

We'll have a petition to sign, lots of information to share and Alan Page's Blue Mountains Nature book for kids to buy - at a special Winter Magic price.

The Society stall will operate from approx 9am to 4.30pm.

If you have time to spare on Saturday 24 June, please contact Alan Page on alanpage7@bigpond.com.

Saturday 27 May
Nest Boxes for Wildlife
10am Saturday 27 May
Mid Mountains Community Centre - Joy Anderson Room
New Street, Lawson
Rainbow Lorikeet (Alan Page)Rainbow Lorikeet (Alan Page)

Australia has the most hollow-dependent wildlife in the world. Possums, microbats, and many species of birds including kookaburras, parrots, galahs, owls and cockatoos use tree hollows for nesting and shelter.

It takes over 80 years for trees to start forming hollows and 300 years for a hollow large enough for a brushtail possum or a cockatoo to use. But old trees are becoming harder to find. Urban development and bushfires have seen the loss of large old habitat trees.

If you want to attract wildlife to your garden, you could install a nest box – but not just any nest box. Native animals require hollows of different sizes, each species has different requirements. The size and orientation of your nesting box and the opening will depend on the species you want to appeal to.

Nest Box Nest Box

Come along to this event to learn more. There will be a 30 min talk by Peter Ridgeway, wildlife ecologist, on these issues.

We will have 40 nest boxes available at the event; one of these can be yours for a donation (debit or credit card preferred). There will also be a range of local native plants, from BMCS's nursery, for sale at the event.

Friday 31 March
BMCS Annual General Meeting
7pm Friday 31 March
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
Cnr Great Western Highway and Adele Ave, Wentworth Falls

Visitors are very welcome!

Please register - but it's free

The AGM business will include receipt of reports, adoption of annual accounts, determination of structure of the Management Committee, election of President, Management Committee members and other office holders, and appointment of an auditor.

Please arrive early in order to have your registration checked off and be seated in the theatre by 7pm. Entry only via the front portico.

Visitors are very welcome!

Nominating for the BMCS Management Committee and other positions

Here are -

  1. the proposed 2023-24 BMCS Management Committee and other positions and their duties and responsibilities (PDF)
  2. a nomination form for the 2023-24 BMCS Management Committee and other positions (PDF)

Following the AGM

Andrew Cox CEO Invasive Species Council Andrew Cox

Guest speaker, Andrew Cox, will discuss 'Invasive species: the biggest threat to Australia's biodiversity and the Blue Mountains?'

Andrew Cox is CEO of the Invasive Species Council, an independent, donor-funded organisation at the forefront of efforts to strengthen biosecurity in Australia to better safeguard our land and seas from invasive species. Not only is he a proud Blue Mountains resident, he is also a member of the Blue Mountains feral deer working group, the national Environmental Biosecurity Advisory Group, chair of the Decade of Biosecurity Steering Group and co-founder of the Australian Biosecurity Symposium.

This is a free event with light refreshments but please register here: BMCS AGM 2023 on Eventbrite

Wednesday 8 March
The Message of the Lyrebird - 2nd Blue Mountains film screening - SOLD OUT
7pm Wednesday 8 March
Glenbrook Cinema
Lyrebird The Message of the Lyrebird
(Photo above courtesy of Balangara Films. Not for further publication without approval from Balangara Films)

A joint fundraiser for Blue Mountains Bird Observers Inc (BMBO) and Blue Mountains Conservation Society Inc (BMCS).

Carol Probets from BMBO will introduce the film and, with Dr Anastasia Dalziell, take questions afterwards. Both Carol and Ana feature in the film. A copy of the book of the film has been donated as a lucky door prize by Balangara Films (producer and distributer). Other copies of the book will be available for sale.

Don't miss out. The first screening by BMCS, in September 2022, sold out in a couple of weeks!

No other bird on the planet can do what the lyrebird can do. This is a film about the relationship between people and the lyrebirds, set in a natural wonderland where an exquisite forest faery has been performing his astonishing song and dance routines for millions of years. It is a timeless journey of self-reflection and connection, and a call to remember to live without destroying the things we love.

For more information about the film and to watch the trailer go to The Message of the Lyrebird website.


Saturday 25 February
NSW State Election Candidates' Forum
2-4pm Saturday 25 February
Mavis Wood Hall, Mid Mountains Community Centre, 3-7 New Street, Lawson

More information about this event and the Society's other NSW State Election activity at bluemountains.org.au/elections/se23/se23-events.shtml

Thursday 16 February
Twilight Gathering
6.30pm Thursday 16 February
Wentworth Falls School of Arts, 217-219 GWH, Wentworth Falls

Come along to the front rooms of the Wentworth Falls School of Arts and learn about the Blue Mountains Conservation Society's recent activities and achievements and how you can get involved, or just catch up with other members and the management committee.

With the Conservation Hut currently out of action we've had to relocate this annual casual catchup for existing and prospective members. We've also amended the title this year given we may not actually see the sunset!

A free event with light refreshments but please register here: Twilight Gathering on Eventbrite

Saturday 11 February
BMCS Nursery stall at the Blue Mountains Older Women's Network 'Strong Women Staying Vibrant' Forum
10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday 11 February
Wentworth Falls School of Arts, 217-219 GWH, Wentworth Falls

A full day of interaction and interests for women, offering an opportunity to mingle with other like-minded women, whilst spending time at various information stalls including a BMCS Nursery stall with blue mountains native plants for sale.

More information: OWN Strong Women Forum pamphlet

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