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Our Environment

The natural landscapes of the Greater Springfield area

Springfield Lakes, despite being part of Ipswich, sits within the Lower Brisbane River catchment. All rain that falls within the greater Springfield region either finds its way back into the sky through evapotranspiration before it reaches a waterway, or once into a waterway, eventually finds its way into the Brisbane River and out into Moreton Bay.


Latest News

  • Big thanks to Ipswich City Council funding

    In September 2020, SLNC was notified that we have received funding from the “COVID-19 Ipswich Community Operational Support Fund”. This really helped us financially. Due to us gaining a $20,000 Australian Government CEP grant, we were above the revenue cut-off that required us to get our Annual Financial Report audited by an independent accountant. This […]

  • Bushcarers’ Day Out – public tree planting

    On 13 September 2020, 37 volunteers from the public helped Opossum Creek Bushcare to plant 550 native trees and shrubs.

  • Launch of “Birds of Greater Springfield – a birdwatching guide

    SLNC, with funding from Ipswich Council, has developed a “Birds of Greater Springfield” birdwalk booklet for 6 sites in the Greater Springfield region, with directions and photos of the birds one is likely to see on each walk. Booklet can be downloaded here. Guest speakers at the launch of the Birdwalk booklet “Birds of Greater […]

  • How to Build a Frog Hotel

    You can build your very own frog hotel to attract frogs to your backyard and keep them safe from predators. Watch this video to see how easy it is to build. Then build your own using these instructions “How to Build a Frog Hotel”. Check out more information about the Frogs of Greater Springfield and […]

  • Opossum Creek Bushcare

    SLNC is now part of the Ipswich City Council “Bushcare” Program, looking after a patch of native bush along Opossum Creek in Brookwater.

  • Clean Up Australia Day 2020 Big Clean Up around the lakes nets great litter results!

    Big Clean Up around the lakes nets great litter results! Sunday March 1st 2020 was Clean Up Australia Day and 177 people “stepped up to clean up” and helped Springfield Lakes Nature Care (SLNC) to clean up the area around Regatta and Discovery Lakes, and a separate area at Spring Mountain.  This was the 5th […]

  • Threatened Species Day 7 Sept 2019

    This event, the first ever Threatened Species Day event by SLNC, was held to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the deaths of Lloyd Bird and Ric Nattras, two hard working environmentalists that had a lasting effect on the natural environment in the Greater Springfield area. Their achievements were recognised by the planting of two Birdwing […]

  • Waterbug Training

    Many aquatic ecologists use waterbugs to tell them how polluted the water is in the streams that the waterbugs live in.  What are waterbugs?  The official term is macroinvertebrates.  Marcro meaning “large”, and invertebrate meaning “has no backbone”; or in other words, insects, insect larvae, spiders, mites, worms, yabbies and prawns. Freshwater yabbie – a […]

  • Cane Toad Challenge

    Springfield Lakes Cane Toad Challenge   Background: Cane toads (Rhinella marina) are exotic pests that wreck havoc in the environment.  This occurs in two ways. They are voracious eaters of anything that they can fit in their wide mouths. An excessive toad population results in less food for native wildlife (especially birds, frogs and small […]

  • Waterways Need Care and Attention

    Springfield Lakes, despite being part of Ipswich, sits within the Lower Brisbane River catchment.  What is done in the greater Springfield area has flow-on effects to down-stream areas.  The unnamed creeks that feed the lakes and wind their way around the houses and parklands join larger creeks such as Mountain Creek and Opossum Creek, which […]