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Fact or fiction: Do water crystals work?
April 20, 2022April 20, 2022
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Fact or fiction: Do water crystals work?

By Mark Dunphy and Joe Harvey Jones People are always asking whether they should use water crystals with opinions on their effectiveness varying greatly. Some regenerators swear by them, including them in plantings of tens of thousands of trees, while others think their effectiveness is limited.  With tree planting numbers ramping up by the tens...

Adventuring in the Big Scrub
January 30, 2022January 30, 2022
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Adventuring in the Big Scrub

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare Projects Manager, Renee Borrow. It had been on my wish-list to do for a while, but getting out to our critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest remnant, Davis Scrub Nature Reserve, near Alstonville, finally became a reality when I decided to ditch the family and go on a solo adventure....

Who said that? The origins of the ‘Big Scrub’ names you hear today
January 25, 2022March 29, 2022
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Who said that? The origins of the ‘Big Scrub’ names you hear today

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member Ken Dorey. I’ve always been a little disappointed that European settlers didn’t come up with a better name than ‘Big Scrub’. But with so much being unfamiliar to them, it’s understandable that many descriptive, rather than imaginative, names – like red bean, iron bark or bleeding heart –...

Hayters Hill Nature Reserve duplicated across neighbouring St Helena slopes
December 14, 2021April 20, 2022
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Hayters Hill Nature Reserve duplicated across neighbouring St Helena slopes

Along the Byron Bay-facing ridge of St Helena escarpment – the steep hillside which timbergetters once used to launch giant logs to ships waiting in the Bay – a hidden rainforest is emerging. For around 15 years, private landowners have taken it upon themselves to fund extensive replanting of rainforest, creating 250 acres of reborn...

End of Year Update: Progress Returns and Funding Flows for Science Saving Rainforests Program
December 9, 2021April 20, 2022
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End of Year Update: Progress Returns and Funding Flows for Science Saving Rainforests Program

As another turbulent year draws to a close, Big Scrub Landcare paused to hold its AGM on Sunday, reflecting on a period where progress returned despite continuing uncertainties in the broader community. In his President’s report, Dr Tony Parkes described 2020-21 as a continuation of a succession of excellent years for our Landcare group. Throughout...

New Projects Manager appointment at Big Scrub Landcare
November 3, 2021April 20, 2022
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New Projects Manager appointment at Big Scrub Landcare

Big Scrub Landcare’s President Dr Tony Parkes AO today announced the appointment of Renee Borrow as Projects Manager. Renee is an environmental scientist with a background in threatened species conservation and management, ecosystem restoration and climate change mitigation. She has worked in research positions with Southern Cross University, Greenloaning Biostudies and NSW Department of Planning,...

Where the rainforest meets the Cape: Inside the old-growth remnants of Hayters Hill
October 29, 2021April 20, 2022
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Where the rainforest meets the Cape: Inside the old-growth remnants of Hayters Hill

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member Dan Scott. Original version of story published in the Byron Echo. From the balcony of Neil and Erica Holland’s Hayters Hill home, visitors enjoy an uninterrupted view of Cape Byron Lighthouse and its coastal plains. It’s a breathtaking vista, punctuated by rolling green hills and the sparkling of...

The Song of the Forests
October 25, 2021April 20, 2022
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The Song of the Forests

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member, Ken Dorey. Photo by Iain Stych. In a recent blog post, I featured a Northern Star article from 1924 that described the Big Scrub and the “heroic” efforts of building the village of Bangalow. I also considered the monumental implications of their actions and wondered if they were...