Catching Fish

Enoggera Catchment Creek Health Monitoring Program - 27 May
The SOWN Enoggera Catchment Creek Health Monitoring Program is on again on Saturday 27 May. If you are already involved in the survey, you would have received an email from Leo Lee. Please come along at 8.00 am to your allocated monitoring site.

If you would like to join in and see what fish and other critters live in your local creek, please contact Leo on 0409 536 533 as soon as possible.

Use of the Horiba - WHAT training
The next event in the BCC Waterway Health Assessment Training (WHAT) program will be on the use of the Horiba multi-probe to measure the physical and chemical properties of waterways.

Date: Sun 28 May 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 1.30 PM
Venue: Cubberla-Witton Catchment Network Centre (47 Hepworth Street, Chapel Hill)
Host: Brisbane City Council

Come along and learn about pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, salinity/electrical conductivity and turbidity. The day will cover the why and how, the ANZECC guidelines and how to interpret the Horiba measurements for water quality monitoring.

Registration is essential. Please contact Andrew Wills at BCC on 34070215 or email


'This Week by the Creek' - May e-news bulletin
The latest 'This Week by the Creek' e-news bulletin from our partners at the BCC Creek Catchments Program is attached.

It includes upcoming events, training opportunities, grants available and news and information. Just click on the Catchments Program logo.

Arachnids Galore - Congratulations Rob
Long time SOWN member and former director Rob Whyte's spider book is now available. It's called 'A Field Guide to Spiders of Australia (CSIRO Publishing) by Rob Whyte and Greg Anderson. Congratulations Rob.

It contains everything you ever wanted to know about Australian spiders and wonderful photos galore!

You can find out more at and order the book at

Membership cards are needed to collect plants from SOWN Nursery
The SOWN nursery has become a victim of its own success.

It is clear that a significant number of non-members have been taking advantage of our generosity and making no contribution to SOWN.

Free plants will only be made available to current SOWN financial members, who must present their membership card and member number to take plants or borrow equipment.

Membership cards can be collected from the nursery with proper identification.

Please return your wire trays
If you have any wire trays and you can return them to the SOWN nursery, please do so asap.

This is a recurring problem and failure to return these trays impedes our capacity to grow plants and to supply them to you.

Trays can be left at the nursery gate at any time, they will be cleared by nursery volunteers throughout the week. Please help us to help you. We could buy more trays by implementing a deposit scheme, but this would be an unnecessary inconvenience to you and the nursery volunteers.

Lynn Swan volunteering for SOWN Nursery

Saturday morning nursery volunteers are needed!
We need more volunteers to help staff the SOWN Plant Nursery on a Saturday morning. It's only for two hours every couple of months and it's a seriously great place to hang out amongst the plants. 

Sown Logo

SOWN is a community organisation working to restore the habitats of creeks and waterways in the catchments of Enoggera, Ithaca and Fish Creeks in Brisbane's north west.

The SOWN nursery provides plants free to members. Nursery opening hours are as follows:
Saturdays 9.00 am to 11.00 am; and
Wednesdays 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.

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These planting guides will help you choose the best local native plants for your regeneration site or garden. You can also visit the "Plants To Plant" section using the site navigation. 

SOWN has volunteer catchment groups working on creek restoration throughout the Enoggera catchment including along Enoggera Creek, Fish Creek and Ithaca Creek. Look here to find the group nearest to you.