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Science Saving Rainforest Update and Tony’s AABR’s AGM Presentation
May 18, 2022July 7, 2022
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Science Saving Rainforest Update and Tony’s AABR’s AGM Presentation

Our President and Co-Founder Dr Tony Parkes presented an update on our Science Saving Rainforests program at the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators AGM a few weeks back.​​​​​​​​ The program has been expanded from a total of 23 species to now incorporate 60 species – 30 key canopy and other structural species and 30 threatened...

Habitat restoration for the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly
March 28, 2022March 28, 2022
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Habitat restoration for the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

Photography and insights from Big Scub Landcare member Stephanie and Leo Lymburner. In 1968 Di Mercer acquired a piece of ‘rubbish land’ on the Far North Coast of New South Wales, a block deemed ‘useless’  by its dairy farming owner due to its steep, rocky slopes. Di, who had been a keen conservationist for some...

Adventuring in the Big Scrub
January 30, 2022January 30, 2022
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Adventuring in the Big Scrub

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare Projects Manager, Renee Borrow. It had been on my wish-list to do for a while, but getting out to our critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest remnant, Davis Scrub Nature Reserve, near Alstonville, finally became a reality when I decided to ditch the family and go on a solo adventure....

Who said that? The origins of the ‘Big Scrub’ names you hear today
January 25, 2022March 29, 2022
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Who said that? The origins of the ‘Big Scrub’ names you hear today

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member Ken Dorey. I’ve always been a little disappointed that European settlers didn’t come up with a better name than ‘Big Scrub’. But with so much being unfamiliar to them, it’s understandable that many descriptive, rather than imaginative, names – like red bean, iron bark or bleeding heart –...

Hayters Hill Nature Reserve duplicated across neighbouring St Helena slopes
December 14, 2021April 20, 2022
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Hayters Hill Nature Reserve duplicated across neighbouring St Helena slopes

Along the Byron Bay-facing ridge of St Helena escarpment – the steep hillside which timbergetters once used to launch giant logs to ships waiting in the Bay – a hidden rainforest is emerging. For around 15 years, private landowners have taken it upon themselves to fund extensive replanting of rainforest, creating 250 acres of reborn...

End of Year Update: Progress Returns and Funding Flows for Science Saving Rainforests Program
December 9, 2021April 20, 2022
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End of Year Update: Progress Returns and Funding Flows for Science Saving Rainforests Program

As another turbulent year draws to a close, Big Scrub Landcare paused to hold its AGM on Sunday, reflecting on a period where progress returned despite continuing uncertainties in the broader community. In his President’s report, Dr Tony Parkes described 2020-21 as a continuation of a succession of excellent years for our Landcare group. Throughout...

Exciting opportunity ahead for Big Scrub Landcare
September 16, 2021January 30, 2022
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Exciting opportunity ahead for Big Scrub Landcare

The folk at Stone & Wood have gone from strength to strength since their story began in 2008.  Their homegrown business and not-for-profit inGrained Foundation have done extraordinary things for the Northern Rivers community, and they have been long-term supporters of Big Scrub Landcare.  Last week marked the start of a new chapter for the...