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Reporting on BSL’s SoS Project
December 8, 2019May 1, 2020
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Reporting on BSL’s SoS Project

BSL is well into the first of the $554,400 four-year Saving our Species Co-Funded project. Professional bush regenerators are on track to complete this-years allocated 402 work-days restoring rainforest across 58 remnants. This important work is assisting the recovery and conservation of the two NSW endangered lowland rainforest ecological communities in the Big Scrub region on the...

New Edition of BSL’s Rainforest Restoration Manual
August 19, 2019May 1, 2020
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New Edition of BSL’s Rainforest Restoration Manual

Big Scrub Landcare has published a third edition of its highly regarded Subtropical Rainforest Restoration – A practical manual and data source for Landcare groups, land managers and rainforest regenerators. Written for land managers, Landcare groups, rainforest regenerators and restoration consultants Big Scrub Landcare’s rainforest restoration manual is a comprehensive guide to rainforest and subtropical...

Rewild and Thrive
June 10, 2019May 1, 2020
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Rewild and Thrive

Contributed by Caitlin Weatherstone, Big Scrub Landcare We all know that nature is good for us. We can feel it every time we go for a walk, swim at the beach, dig into the dirt and sleep under the stars. Our society’s quest for progress has seen us divert further from nature, as we put...

Don’t Panic – Identifying Vines
June 10, 2019May 1, 2020
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Don’t Panic – Identifying Vines

Contributed by Ken Dorey, Big Scrub Landcare Biodiversity is a wonderful thing – who doesn’t like biodiversity? As an ID novice I’ve had moments when diversity, the sheer number of species, has stretched my patience – when pouring over a field guide, frustration can merge into a dark resignation, and I’ve asked myself why do...

Rare Ground Beetle Found in Nightcap NP
June 10, 2019May 1, 2020
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Rare Ground Beetle Found in Nightcap NP

Contributed by Joy Window, Big Scrub Landcare  News broke recently of the finding of a rare and little known rainforest ground beetle (Nurus moorei) below Minyon Falls in the Nightcap National Park during a faunal survey. This recently described, flightless beetle has been found so far only in rainforests in valleys of the Lamington and...

The Big Scrub Genetic Collections
March 25, 2019October 21, 2019
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The Big Scrub Genetic Collections

Contributed by Robert Kooyman National Herbarium of NSW Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney You might ask why we need to use cutting edge science in restoration, and just what issues are so pressing that they require resolution using genomic tools to maximise the benefits of tree planting. After all, the trees seem to be growing just...

BSL in Australasian Science Journal
February 6, 2019March 25, 2019
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BSL in Australasian Science Journal

Big Scrub Landcare have appeared in the Journal of Australasian Science: Australia’s authority on science since 1938. Professor Ian Lowe’s article looks at the loss of biodiversity globally and highlights the positive impact that groups like Big Scrub Landcare are making. The article also refers to the Australian Science Policy Fellowship Program available for mid-career...

A Bug’s Life in the Scrub
February 4, 2019February 6, 2019
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A Bug’s Life in the Scrub

Contributed by Jeremy Jones Image: Naskrecki’s bush katydid, Ozphyllum naskreckii, Minyon Falls. (Copyright Jeremy Jones, Instagram:@jeremycology). The fauna of the Big Scrub is often heard but rarely seen — this is especially so for its most diverse group of inhabitants — the insects. A summer bushwalk in a Big Scrub remnant can be a deafening experience. Thousands...

Dream of Enduring Stewardship Fulfilled
February 4, 2019February 6, 2019
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Dream of Enduring Stewardship Fulfilled

Contributed by Stephanie Lymburner In February 1968, Di Mercer drove her trusty Mini-Moke up the rutted Coolgardie Road. On impulse she parked and scrambled through a barbed wire fence. She walked through the tangle of Kikuyu and lantana to the crest of the hill. She gasped with delight at the vista that opened up before...