Category: Featured

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

Big teaks – “a forest in itself”
December 21, 2020January 8, 2021
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Big teaks – “a forest in itself”

In the past, I’ve presented a tongue-in-cheek argument for teak trees being a “good, solid tree”. In this article, I would like to make the more objective case that teaks were much more than the diminished paddock tree we see today. There is a very impressive paddock tree at Richmond Hill whose tall straight trunk,...

Native Animal of the Month – Southern Pink Underwing Moth
December 21, 2020January 8, 2021
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Native Animal of the Month – Southern Pink Underwing Moth

Southern Pink Underwing Moth (Phyllodes imperialis subsp. smithersi) – a message from our friends at Tweed Landcare – The Carronia you will want to get! (The native rainforest vine Carronia multisepalea that is!) Are you on a property that has pockets of native rainforest? Then you could be part of an exciting new project that aims to save the...

Dear Big Scrub Rainforest…
December 21, 2020January 8, 2021
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Dear Big Scrub Rainforest…

Dear Big Scrub Rainforest, It’s been almost a year since the fires tore through your form for the first time in known history. A year. It feels like a lifetime, given what else 2020 has offered, but to you it probably feels like seconds ago. In your time, you have witnessed a range of beauty...

One of the top 10 Big Scrub trees – Teaks
October 23, 2020January 8, 2021
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One of the top 10 Big Scrub trees – Teaks

I think that teak trees are one of the top 10 Big Scrub trees. They may not be one of the most common, or the biggest, or the most ecologically important, but they are a good, solid, honest tree. Teaks are obligingly easy to identify with their distinctive leaves, flaky bark and cool “boat” seed...

Big Scrub Landcare on Socials
October 23, 2020January 8, 2021
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Big Scrub Landcare on Socials

For so many of us, Covid19 restrictions have forced a move to online communities, sharing and communications. With the restrictions on public gatherings, Big Scrub Landcare has not only taken to online events, like our recent Saving our Rainforests from Fire panel discussions, we have also turned to connecting with our members and broader community...

Nightcap Oak: Ravaged by fire but some may recover
October 23, 2020January 8, 2021
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Nightcap Oak: Ravaged by fire but some may recover

This time last year north coast communities were already experiencing the devastating impacts of severe bushfires. Little did we know that by early November 2019 Nightcap National Park would also come under siege. On 7th November the Mount Nardi fire in Nightcap National Park commenced and burned for 71 days before being declared out on...

NSW Environment Minister’s visit to the Big Scrub
August 31, 2020January 8, 2021
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NSW Environment Minister’s visit to the Big Scrub

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean and local MLC Ben Franklin visited Victoria Park Nature Reserve on 8th July 2020 to meet the Big Scrub Landcare leaders to learn about our work in restoring critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest, particularly in current SoS Conservation Co-funding project. The visit made history as it was the first time...