2018-2019 Breeding Season Summary – 22nd March 2019

Well the breeding season is over and our feathered friends have done very well. This season produced a record breaking 70 fledglings across a total of 41 breeding territories, including a small number of breeding territories outside the supplementary feeding areas. The previous best breeding season was 2015-2016 season when we had 67 fledglings. This seasons results are a tribute to all the volunteers, staff and donors of the Friends of Helmeted Honeyeater plus the dedicated staff of DELWP and Zoos Victoria  involved in the recovery program and the staff of Parks Victoria who look after the Yellingbo Nature Conservation reserve.

Let’s do all we can to make sure the next breeding season is even better.   

Child Safety Policy – explanatory note – 15th February 2019

New Victorian legislation requires all organisations that involve children to implement Child Safe Standards which is why the committee of management has approved in principle this Child Safety Policy. It is important to note that this has not arisen as a result of any actual child protection concerns. The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater have always welcomed the participation of children and valued their safety and well-being, and we shall continue to do so in the future. Before this policy is implemented, we welcome feedback from our members and volunteers on any aspect of this policy.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the policy then please email:

Alan Clayton

Volunteer Engagement Survey – 15th February 2019

Volunteers have been the lifeblood of the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater (FoHH) since its inception in 1989. Without the contribution of volunteers, our achievements in securing the future of the Helmeted Honeyeater (HeHos) would not have been possible. In 2019, the year of our 30thanniversary, it is timely to take stock of what has been achieved and how we can best meet the challenges of the future. Like other volunteer-dependent organisations (for example, Landcare), we need to continue to attract and retain the number of volunteers required to sustain our activities.

With this in mind the FoHH committee of management initiated a Volunteer Engagement Survey and you can read the Survey report here.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the survey then please email:

And some fun facts:

The oldest known Helmeted Honeyeater in the world is Charles Henry and he turned 21 on the 5th Dec. 2018. Charles Henry is part of the captive breeding program at Healesville Sanctuary.

The oldest living Helmeted Honeyeater in the wild turned 9 on Monday 17/12/2018. And the oldest known bird ever in the wild lived to the age of 16.


One of this breeding seasons crop.

HeHo Herald

The HeHo Herald is our quarterly newsletter for Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater members. It contains articles from across the many Friends activities including the latest news on the Helmeted Honeyeater populations, what our volunteers are doing and includes details of some upcoming events.

Why would you become a financial member (from just $10 p/a) if you can download the HeHo Herald for free? We hope that you can see why when reading the newsletter and taking a look through this website, but of course, it’s ultimately up to you.

The latest HeHo Herald has something for everyone, including the latest Helmeted Honeyeater news, what’s happening in the nursery, education program activities, special events and much more.

Download the latest HeHo HeraldAutumn 2019 (6.8 Mb) or check out copies from the past 8 years (links below).

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