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Species in Profile – Richmond Birdwing Butterfly
April 12, 2018April 12, 2018
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Species in Profile – Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

Contributed by Stephanie Lymburner, Committee Member, Big Scrub Landcare.  The Richmond River Birdwing Butterfly was a reasonably common species when the Big Scrub rainforest once covered this region; its range extended from Grafton to the subtropical rainforest around Noosa in Queensland. This range has been severely modified due to extensive habitat destruction for timber, dairy...

Tree Identification
April 12, 2018April 12, 2018
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Tree Identification

Contributed by Ken Dorey, Committee Member, Big Scrub Landcare.  In a previous edition of this newsletter, entitled Don’t Panic, I urged readers not to become frustrated at not instantly recognising the name of every species of flora or fauna in your forest – give it time. But we do wish to learn. In this edition,...

BSL 6 – Year Project Complete
April 12, 2018April 12, 2018
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BSL 6 – Year Project Complete

Contributed by Georgina Jones, Secretary, Big Scrub Landcare.  Big Scrub Landcare has completed a successful 6 year project funded by the NSW Environmental Trusts Community Bush Regeneration Large Project Stream – Rehabilitating & Restoring Endangered Lowland Subtropical Rainforest, which involved restoring critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest at 3 sites at Rocky Creek Dam and Nightcap...

Growing Lomandra from Seed
February 8, 2018February 8, 2018
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Growing Lomandra from Seed

Contributed by Shannon Greenfields, Manager, Big Scrub Landcare I grew Lomandra from seed as a teenager with remarkable success – so I thought why not give it another go? It’s one of the easiest native plants to grow – cost efficient, fun and the kids can join in; and there is a certain satisfaction when...

Eight-Legged Wonders
February 8, 2018February 8, 2018
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Eight-Legged Wonders

Contributed by Joy Window, Member, Big Scrub Landcare When you’re out in the Big Scrub rainforest and want to rest against a tree, don’t lean against this curtain of silk. Underneath it may be the highly venomous northern tree funnelweb (Hadronyche formidabilis). You can see the silk trip-lines that alert the spider to things crawling...

Big Scrub in Schools
February 8, 2018February 8, 2018
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Big Scrub in Schools

Contributed by Georgina Jones, Secretary, Big Scrub Landcare On Friday Dec 1st 2017 the Wilsons River Catchment Schools Education and Restoration Project partnered with The Big Scrub Rainforest Schools Project to strengthen the ability of students at St Johns College Woodlawn to take part in rainforest regeneration and to inspire young people to take action...

The Booyong Reserve Story
February 8, 2018February 8, 2018
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The Booyong Reserve Story

Contributed by Darren Bailey, Committee Member, Big Scrub Landcare. Over the past 20 years Big Scrub Landcare have funded and overseen the delivery of 655 days of professional bush regeneration work at Booyong Reserve at a total cost of over $136,000. Contributing to the ecological restoration of Booyong Reserve is just one of over 40...

Why was the Big Scrub Cleared?
December 6, 2017December 7, 2017
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Why was the Big Scrub Cleared?

From an article by Kim Honan, ABC North Coast The Big Scrub was once the largest expanse of subtropical rainforest in Australia, so why was 99 per cent of it cleared? Dr Tony Parkes has answered that question countless times over the last 25 years, and once asked the question himself when he moved onto...

Minyon Quandong New Population Discovery
November 30, 2017February 8, 2018
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Minyon Quandong New Population Discovery

Contributed by Justin Mallee, Project Officer Threatened Species, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. A team of dedicated bush regenerators has recently been working in the Terrania Creek Valley, Nightcap National Park, as part of the Saving our Species (SoS) program. While removing weeds threatening the habitat of the fleay’s barred frog Mixophyes fleayi, they...

Eyes on the Ground
October 12, 2017February 8, 2018
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Eyes on the Ground

Contributed by Joy Window, Member, Big Scrub Landcare. When you walk through a rainforest, your attention is probably grabbed by the majestic trees and the sounds of birds, tumbling streams or the wind. But if you look down at your feet, you’ll find another equally fascinating world – that of fungi and slime moulds. What...