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Don’t Panic – Butterfly Id
July 30, 2018October 22, 2018
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Don’t Panic – Butterfly Id

Contributed by Ken Dorey, Big Scrub Landcare Dingy Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio anactus). Image provided courtesy of James Dorey. Butterflies do their best to get our attention but they seem doomed to be overshadowed by birds. Birds are bigger and louder but butterflies do have some advantages when it comes to identification. For a start, there...

Isoglossa Habitat Protection Project at Booyong Reserve
July 30, 2018March 25, 2019
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Isoglossa Habitat Protection Project at Booyong Reserve

Contributed by Darren Bailey, Big Scrub Landcare This report provides a summary of the bush regeneration work undertaken in Isoglossa eranthemoides habitat areas at Booyong Reserve during 2017-2018. The project was funded by the Office of Environment and Heritage Saving Our Species program. The report includes a description of the site, a summary of the...

Big Feet, Small Bat
June 7, 2018June 7, 2018
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Big Feet, Small Bat

Contributed by Joy Window, Member, Big Scrub Landcare What has large, hairy feet and lurks in the rainforest? No, not a yowie, but the southern myotis (Myotis macropus, aka the large-footed myotis or fishing bat). This bat has big feet for its size – while its wingspan may be 28 cm, its feet may be...

Don’t Panic – Identifying Birds
June 7, 2018July 30, 2018
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Don’t Panic – Identifying Birds

Contributed by Ken Dorey, Member Big Scrub Landcare.  Birds may have evolved from dinosaurs but they’ve definitely upped their game in the PR department. They’re proactive in getting your attention, only too happy to flash colour and sing perfect notes – and all for free for those who stop to watch and listen. Ken Dorey...

Species in Profile – Albert’s Lyrebird
April 12, 2018June 7, 2018
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Species in Profile – Albert’s Lyrebird

Contributed by Joy Window, Member, Big Scrub Landcare.  In the rainforest, the calls of unseen birds echo eerily through the treetops. Closer to the ground, you might hear the odd chortles and whirrs of the Alberts lyrebird (Menura alberti), found only in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales – for instance, in the former...

Species in Profile – Richmond Birdwing Butterfly
April 12, 2018April 12, 2018
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Species in Profile – Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

Contributed by Stephanie Lymburner, Committee Member, Big Scrub Landcare.  The Richmond River Birdwing Butterfly was a reasonably common species when the Big Scrub rainforest once covered this region; its range extended from Grafton to the subtropical rainforest around Noosa in Queensland. This range has been severely modified due to extensive habitat destruction for timber, dairy...

Tree Identification
April 12, 2018April 12, 2018
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Tree Identification

Contributed by Ken Dorey, Committee Member, Big Scrub Landcare.  In a previous edition of this newsletter, entitled Don’t Panic, I urged readers not to become frustrated at not instantly recognising the name of every species of flora or fauna in your forest – give it time. But we do wish to learn. In this edition,...

Growing Lomandra from Seed
February 8, 2018February 8, 2018
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Growing Lomandra from Seed

Contributed by Shannon Greenfields, Manager, Big Scrub Landcare I grew Lomandra from seed as a teenager with remarkable success – so I thought why not give it another go? It’s one of the easiest native plants to grow – cost efficient, fun and the kids can join in; and there is a certain satisfaction when...

Eight-Legged Wonders
February 8, 2018February 8, 2018
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Eight-Legged Wonders

Contributed by Joy Window, Member, Big Scrub Landcare When you’re out in the Big Scrub rainforest and want to rest against a tree, don’t lean against this curtain of silk. Underneath it may be the highly venomous northern tree funnelweb (Hadronyche formidabilis). You can see the silk trip-lines that alert the spider to things crawling...

The Booyong Reserve Story
February 8, 2018July 30, 2018
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The Booyong Reserve Story

Contributed by Darren Bailey, Committee Member, Big Scrub Landcare. Over the past 20 years Big Scrub Landcare have funded and overseen the delivery of 655 days of professional bush regeneration work at Booyong Reserve at a total cost of over $136,000. Contributing to the ecological restoration of Booyong Reserve is just one of over 40...