MORE than 200 guests enjoyed an afternoon of wine, art and song at The Gurdies Winery on Sunday as part of WILD: Celebrating Western Port Woodlands.

The weather gods smiled and two wedge-tailed eagles cruised above a great line-up of talent: Kutcha Edwards, Doc White, Laura Brearley and Friends, Rosie Westbrook, Bass Coast Pickers and the SB Bandibeats.

All musicians gave their time and talents generously to support the campaign to preserve the woodlands from a surge in sand mining.

Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and friends sent a special recording of the Oz classic ‘Down Under’ in support.

The concert was followed by an art auction conducted by former Bass Coast Mayor Brett Tessari, who used his experience in real estate to extract maximum bids from the audience.

Twelve of the 15 works were sold, on top of 10 that had earlier sold online. Top price went to John Adam’s ‘Bushwhacker’, which was bought for $1100 by fellow artist Phil Henshall. The artists donated half the proceeds of sales – and several donated 100 per cent.

All money raised will go towards the Save Western Port Woodlands campaign. For more information, visit