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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...

Site preparations officially start for our genetically diverse seed plantation
March 1, 2021April 30, 2021
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Site preparations officially start for our genetically diverse seed plantation

This year has started with some exciting activity for Big Scrub Landcare, with site preparations officially starting on our genetically diverse rainforest seed plantation at Wollongbar. The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity, with works familiar to us including arborist works and woody weed control and other activities not so familiar including soil...

Wanted! Seeds to save critically endangered plants from fungal disease
January 8, 2021March 1, 2021
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Wanted! Seeds to save critically endangered plants from fungal disease

Land holders and property owners across the state are being asked to keep their eyes peeled for scrub turpentine and native guava on their properties as the NSW Government Saving our Species program establishes an emergency seedbank for these critically endangered native shrubs. Saving our Species Senior Threatened Species Officer Craig Stehn said populations of...

A message from Big Scrub Landcare President, Dr Tony Parkes – 2020 wrap up
January 8, 2021April 16, 2021
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A message from Big Scrub Landcare President, Dr Tony Parkes – 2020 wrap up

Big Scrub Landcare wish our members, volunteers and supporters a Happy New Year after the year that was 2020. Through the many challenges experienced – bushfires followed by a global pandemic – with your support, we continue to deliver important works to save our critically endangered rainforests and their incredible biodiversity. 2019-20 was another excellent...