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‘The forest floor is covered in fruit’: Bumper year for Black Apples
October 25, 2021January 30, 2022
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‘The forest floor is covered in fruit’: Bumper year for Black Apples

Black Apple (Planchonella australis) is one of the largest bush tucker foods in the Big Scrub. A member of the Sapotaceae family, the same family as the persimmon, the fruit is slightly sweet, less tart than a Davidson plum and has a delicious texture. And, if you feel like foraging, the forest floor is currently...

Exciting opportunity ahead for Big Scrub Landcare
September 16, 2021January 30, 2022
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Exciting opportunity ahead for Big Scrub Landcare

The folk at Stone & Wood have gone from strength to strength since their story began in 2008.  Their homegrown business and not-for-profit inGrained Foundation have done extraordinary things for the Northern Rivers community, and they have been long-term supporters of Big Scrub Landcare.  Last week marked the start of a new chapter for the...

A mother-daughter legacy: The stewardship of Crystal Hill
September 1, 2021January 30, 2022
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A mother-daughter legacy: The stewardship of Crystal Hill

By Chris Byrne, Communications Manager, Big Scrub Landcare. Original version of story published in Country and Coast Magazine. When they moved to Coolgardie, just south of Ballina, Stephanie and Julian Lymburner came in search of a treechange.  In their 40s, they left a busy picture framing business in Sydney looking to shift down a gear....

Pretty but shy: How to spot an evasive fruit dove
August 6, 2021January 30, 2022
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Pretty but shy: How to spot an evasive fruit dove

A personal contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member Ken Dorey.  Yesterday I heard the two deep, reverberating calls of a Wompoo Fruit-Dove. When the penny dropped I listened for a third call, but it never came, not did I spot its owner.  Why was I so excited? BirdLife Australia describes the Wompoo as distinct for...

Camphor conversion project wraps with praise from NSW Environmental Trust
August 2, 2021January 30, 2022
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Camphor conversion project wraps with praise from NSW Environmental Trust

Big Scrub Landcare’s Enhancing remnants, linkages and corridors across the Big Scrub project has been wrapped up with praise for doubling or tripling a number of its expected outcomes. The three-year project, which was completed late last year, received its review from the NSW Environmental Trust, which commended the project for: Converting 22 hectares of...

Must-Watch TV: Refugia’s Love Letter to the Planet featuring Big Scrub Landcare
June 23, 2021January 30, 2022
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Must-Watch TV: Refugia’s Love Letter to the Planet featuring Big Scrub Landcare

Refugium: a place of refuge where a community of species survives after extinction in surrounding areas. This apt description of the remnants of Big Scrub rainforest is also the inspiration for a new docuseries created and produced by Mullumbimby-born Liana Cornell. The beautifully shot series tells heartwarming stories of good being done by everyday heroes,...

UN Decade of Restoration: Celebrating 25 years of restoration and anticipating the decade ahead
June 4, 2021August 2, 2021
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UN Decade of Restoration: Celebrating 25 years of restoration and anticipating the decade ahead

June 5 marks the launch of the UN’s ‘Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’, a worldwide initiative aimed at preventing, halting and reversing the degradation of ecosystems. The initiative emphasises the link between ecosystem destruction and the health of livelihood of humankind: “Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet...