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Big Scrub Landcare Resources
June 11, 2021June 11, 2021
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Big Scrub Landcare Resources

Over the past 25-plus years, Big Scrub Landcare has cared for more than 50 remnants of subtropical lowland rainforest as well as establishing new patches of rainforest from replanting. During this time, our team has worked with countless experts, spent innumerable hours in nurseries and in the field; and through plenty of trial and error,...

UN Decade of Restoration: Celebrating 25 years of restoration and anticipating the decade ahead
June 4, 2021June 9, 2021
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UN Decade of Restoration: Celebrating 25 years of restoration and anticipating the decade ahead

June 5 marks the launch of the UN’s ‘Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’, a worldwide initiative aimed at preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems. The initiative emphasises the link between ecosystem destruction and the health of livelihood of humankind: “Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet...

Tales from the archives: When 10-foot carpet snakes attack
April 29, 2021May 4, 2021
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Tales from the archives: When 10-foot carpet snakes attack

A personal contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member, Ken Dorey. The common carpet snake is a usually placid, frequently encountered member of the Big Scrub. That’s always how I’ve seen them, until I stumbled across a 10-foot specimen that wasn’t too happy to be found. This snake coiled and struck out at me, unprovoked –...

‘Going back in time’: Trekking Nightcap with descendants of Gondwana
April 28, 2021May 4, 2021
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‘Going back in time’: Trekking Nightcap with descendants of Gondwana

Photography and words by Charles Hunter I am in the ancient Big Scrub rainforest of Nightcap National Park near Nimbin in the Byron Bay Hinterland, north-eastern NSW. It’s 5.00am and I’ve just crossed shallow Rocky Creek. I start walking up Gibbergunyah Range Road. The air becomes thick with moisture and the temperature drops. It’s still dark but...

Brookfarm’s transformation from desolate farm to towering rainforest
April 25, 2021May 4, 2021
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Brookfarm’s transformation from desolate farm to towering rainforest

Original version of story published in Byron Magazine.  In 1989, Pamela and Martin Brook purchased a run-down dairy farm in the Byron Bay hinterland to live their dream of moving to the country. Over the decades since, they tirelessly converted the desolate farm into a thriving orchard, hilltop distillery and towering rainforest – an achievement...

Bangalow’s  Promise
March 1, 2021April 29, 2021
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Bangalow’s Promise

A personal contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member, Ken Dorey. While there are many who find fault with Byron Bay, there are few who don’t appreciate the historic charm and community spirit of Bangalow; good food, good vibes, good people. Amazingly, our Bangalow has appeared, and is evolving, all within our lifetimes – a virtual...

We can better learn to care for our country and the time is now
March 1, 2021April 29, 2021
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We can better learn to care for our country and the time is now

A personal contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member, Dr Kristin den Exter.  Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou recently wrote that we can better learn to love our country – I agree. This is one reason why I am so committed to the community landcare movement. Studying environmental science in the 1990’s it was clear to me that...