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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...

Bangalow’s  Promise
March 1, 2021April 29, 2021
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Bangalow’s Promise

A personal contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member, Ken Dorey. While there are many who find fault with Byron Bay, there are few who don’t appreciate the historic charm and community spirit of Bangalow; good food, good vibes, good people. Amazingly, our Bangalow has appeared, and is evolving, all within our lifetimes – a virtual...

We can better learn to care for our country and the time is now
March 1, 2021April 29, 2021
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We can better learn to care for our country and the time is now

A personal contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member, Dr Kristin den Exter.  Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou recently wrote that we can better learn to love our country – I agree. This is one reason why I am so committed to the community landcare movement. Studying environmental science in the 1990’s it was clear to me that...

Order of Australia for Dr. Tony Parkes
June 10, 2019June 10, 2019
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Order of Australia for Dr. Tony Parkes

Big Scrub Landcare President Dr. Tony Parkes has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)  for distinguished service to conservation and the environment through the restoration of subtropical rainforest in northern New South Wales. Tony commented “I am delighted that this award recognises services to conservation. I accept this award on behalf...

850 Trees Planted in Big Scrub
March 25, 2019June 10, 2019
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850 Trees Planted in Big Scrub

BSL participated in a Big Scrub Interest Day on Thursday 21st March. 180 students from grades 3 and 4 from 14 schools across the Big Scrub region came to Rocky Creek Dam to participate in environmental education activities including tree planting, bush walking and learning about drinking water catchments. The students took part in planting...

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...