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The Noisy Pitta – Now and Then
June 29, 2020October 26, 2020
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The Noisy Pitta – Now and Then

A personal and historic look at the Big Scrub – Ken Dorey  When I first began to browse my newly acquired Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (Simpson and Day), I was amazed to find the rainbow-coloured Noisy Pitta. I would more easily believe that unicorns existed then this strange bird. But this unicorn does exist...

Update: Science Saving Rainforests Program
June 29, 2020October 26, 2020
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Update: Science Saving Rainforests Program

Big Scrub Landcare’s Science Saving Rainforests Program (SSR) is continuing to progress well. Broadly, the program involves developing a living seed bank in the form of plantations of multiple, carefully selected individuals of fifty important rainforest species to produce seed with optimal genetic diversity for use in restoration plantings. This will help to ensure the...

Rainforest restoration in light of Covid-19
May 1, 2020August 31, 2020
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Rainforest restoration in light of Covid-19

Covid-19 restrictions, social distancing and self-isolation have seen considerable impacts on business-as-usual operations for countless organisations. It goes without saying that safety restrictions have had far reaching impacts, influencing our interactions, discussions and how we do things on a day to day basis. You might wonder ‘how are these changes affecting Big Scrub Landcare and...

Replenished stock of Rainforest Restoration Manual
May 1, 2020August 31, 2020
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Replenished stock of Rainforest Restoration Manual

It might be that people are seeking knowledge and learnt experiences from professional bush regenerators or searching for best-practice restoration tips to convert Camphor Laurel to rainforest. Whatever the reason, we have experienced strong sales and have sold out the first print run the recently-published 3rd edition our popular manual Subtropical Rainforest Restoration – A...

Wompoo Fruit Dove benefiting from restoration work
May 1, 2020August 31, 2020
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Wompoo Fruit Dove benefiting from restoration work

The Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) is just one of the twenty-eight threatened fauna and thirty threatened flora species that are benefitting from the $554,000 co-funded project being delivered by Big Scrub Landcare through the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program. The Wompoo Fruit Dove is an iconic and beautiful species of the Big Scrub...

Update: Saving our Rainforests from Fire
May 1, 2020August 31, 2020
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Update: Saving our Rainforests from Fire

In response to the unprecedented fires experienced in and around Nightcap National Park, Big Scrub Landcare launched the Saving our Rainforests from Fire campaign to undertake urgent post-fire scientific research and assessment of the bushfire impacts. This work has centred on forested areas including rainforest and areas of mixed rainforest and sclerophyll vegetation. Since the...

Management Changes at Big Scrub Landcare
February 21, 2020August 31, 2020
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Management Changes at Big Scrub Landcare

Shannon Greenfields stepped down as Manager of Big Scrub Landcare in December to join the Saving our Species unit of the NSW Government. We were very sorry to see Shannon go but supported her in seeking this new and challenging role. Her new position is Community Engagement and Communication Officer for the NSW Government’s Saving...

Patagonia partners with Big Scrub Landcare
February 21, 2020August 31, 2020
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Patagonia partners with Big Scrub Landcare

Big Scrub Landcare is fortunate to host intern, Todd Doherty, all the way from Reno, Nevada USA. Todd currently is an IT professional at Patagonia but has a unique science and environmental background. He has ventured to the Northern Rivers with his young family to gain insight into our precious rainforests, threatened species and significant...

Official launch of Australian Rainforest Seeds – A guide to collecting, processing and propagation
February 21, 2020August 31, 2020
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Official launch of Australian Rainforest Seeds – A guide to collecting, processing and propagation

If you are curious about the lifecycle of a rainforest, transforming from seed to soaring trees, the long-awaited release of ‘Australian Rainforest Seeds – A guide to collecting, processing and propagation’ will definitely be of interest to you. This well-crafted, beautifully photographed book focuses on the unique diversity of 300 subtropical rainforest fruits and seed...

Two Trees by Nan Nicholson, December 2019
February 21, 2020August 31, 2020
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Two Trees by Nan Nicholson, December 2019

On Friday 8th November 2019, after months of drought, an unexpected little smoke appeared in the rainforest in the bottom of Terania Creek Basin, somewhere near the Circle Pool. By the evening it was a glow heading up the western side. Then it exploded as it hit the fuel it needed on a north-facing ridge....