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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...