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Rewild and Thrive
June 10, 2019June 10, 2019
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Rewild and Thrive

Contributed by Caitlin Weatherstone, Big Scrub Landcare We all know that nature is good for us. We can feel it every time we go for a walk, swim at the beach, dig into the dirt and sleep under the stars. Our society’s quest for progress has seen us divert further from nature, as we put...

Don’t Panic – Identifying Vines
June 10, 2019June 10, 2019
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Don’t Panic – Identifying Vines

Contributed by Ken Dorey, Big Scrub Landcare Biodiversity is a wonderful thing – who doesn’t like biodiversity? As an ID novice I’ve had moments when diversity, the sheer number of species, has stretched my patience – when pouring over a field guide, frustration can merge into a dark resignation, and I’ve asked myself why do...

Rare Ground Beetle Found in Nightcap NP
June 10, 2019June 10, 2019
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Rare Ground Beetle Found in Nightcap NP

Contributed by Joy Window, Big Scrub Landcare  News broke recently of the finding of a rare and little known rainforest ground beetle (Nurus moorei) below Minyon Falls in the Nightcap National Park during a faunal survey. This recently described, flightless beetle has been found so far only in rainforests in valleys of the Lamington and...

Big Scrub Landcare Working to Save our Species
June 10, 2019June 10, 2019
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Big Scrub Landcare Working to Save our Species

Big Scrub Landcare (BSL) is doing something to stop the extinction of more than 28 threatened animal species and 30 threatened plant species that are found in critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest across the Big Scrub. BSL in partnership with NSW Government’s Saving our Species program is contributing over $500,000 of investment in the next...

Order of Australia for Dr. Tony Parkes
June 10, 2019June 10, 2019
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Order of Australia for Dr. Tony Parkes

Big Scrub Landcare President Dr. Tony Parkes has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)  for distinguished service to conservation and the environment through the restoration of subtropical rainforest in northern New South Wales. Tony commented “I am delighted that this award recognises services to conservation. I accept this award on behalf...

850 Trees Planted in Big Scrub
March 25, 2019June 10, 2019
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850 Trees Planted in Big Scrub

BSL participated in a Big Scrub Interest Day on Thursday 21st March. 180 students from grades 3 and 4 from 14 schools across the Big Scrub region came to Rocky Creek Dam to participate in environmental education activities including tree planting, bush walking and learning about drinking water catchments. The students took part in planting...

The Big Scrub Genetic Collections
March 25, 2019March 25, 2019
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The Big Scrub Genetic Collections

Contributed by Robert Kooyman National Herbarium of NSW Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney You might ask why we need to use cutting edge science in restoration, and just what issues are so pressing that they require resolution using genomic tools to maximise the benefits of tree planting. After all, the trees seem to be growing just...

BSL in Australasian Science Journal
February 6, 2019March 25, 2019
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BSL in Australasian Science Journal

Big Scrub Landcare have appeared in the Journal of Australasian Science: Australia’s authority on science since 1938. Professor Ian Lowe’s article looks at the loss of biodiversity globally and highlights the positive impact that groups like Big Scrub Landcare are making. The article also refers to the Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program available for mid-career...

A Bug’s Life in the Scrub
February 4, 2019February 6, 2019
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A Bug’s Life in the Scrub

Contributed by Jeremy Jones Image: Naskrecki’s bush katydid, Ozphyllum naskreckii, Minyon Falls. (Copyright Jeremy Jones, Instagram:@jeremycology). The fauna of the Big Scrub is often heard but rarely seen — this is especially so for its most diverse group of inhabitants — the insects. A summer bushwalk in a Big Scrub remnant can be a deafening experience. Thousands...