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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...

Camphor Conversion Projects in the Big Scrub
February 4, 2019February 6, 2019
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Camphor Conversion Projects in the Big Scrub

Shannon Greenfields of Big Scrub Landcare talks with Georgie Jones of Envite Environment about camphor conversion. Shannon: What are the options for landholders that want to get rid of camphor laurel on their property? Georgie: I would first advise that you get a suitably qualified and experienced bush regenerator to come and asses your site. ...

Species in Profile – Grey Headed Flying Fox
December 3, 2018September 27, 2019
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Species in Profile – Grey Headed Flying Fox

Contributed by Joy Window, Member – Big Scrub Landcare Photo by Andrew Mercer (www.baldwhiteguy.co.nz) Grey-headed flying foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) are familiar to many of us who have gardens – they eat pollen, nectar and fruit there when their wild sources of food are scarce. Because most of their wild habitat (including the Big Scrub) has been...

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...