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New NSW Environmental Trust Environmental Education Grants

Open now, closing date 8 November 2021 https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/nsw-environmental-trust/grants-available/environmental-education Support projects that develop knowledge, skills, commitment to, and ongoing participation in protecting the... read more

Shorebirds feature: Sooty Oystercatcher

Haematopus fuliginosus Sooty Oystercatchers are a large coastal wader, with pinkish legs and scarlet-orange eyes and bills, offset by jet-black plumage. Reaching similar sizes as their Pied relatives – about 50cm in length – their contrasting all-black... read more

Fauna Feature – Eastern Pygmy Possum

Climbing between banksias, you may spot a tiny brown marsupial feeding on the nectar. The Eastern pygmy possum (Cercartetus nanus) is a remarkable, endemic Australian species of the eastern coast, including the Hunter region. They are part of a family divided into two... read more

Healthy Farm Dams

Healthy Farm dams webinar recording by Central West Local Land Services. This webinar on healthy farm dams is a must watch for anyone interested in improving our landscape.  Alison Elvin presents several examples of farm dams from the not so good to the ideal and... read more

Cactus Causing Prickly Problem

Loading... Taking too long? Reload document | Open in new tab View, Print and Download [659.68 KB] A new state-wide campaign is urging residents to be on the lookout for the prohibited sale or trade of prickly pear cacti. Image of Blind cactus,  courtesy of Queensland... read more

Helping Scientists Control Lantana – Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain

Do you have Lantana camara in your backyard or on your property? Our scientists are documenting patterns in Lantana’s genetic diversity across Australia and need your help. “Lantana camara is a widespread shrub with colourful flowers. It’s poisonous to people... read more

Plant of the Month: Mangroves – Getting Muddy

There’s a concept in evolutionary biology called convergent evolution, it’s where distantly related organisms evolve the same or similar strategies for dealing with the environment in which they find themselves. One example many will be aware of are the Thylacines... read more

Plant of the Month: Please don’t pull this one out

Another couple of plants which commonly get mistaken for weeds (and pulled out) is  Flannel Leaf (Astrotricha floccosa). With a home range between Newcastle and Sydney it’s found in Dry Sclerophyll Forest on sandstone, unfortunately the leaves can have a strong... read more

Ask a Plant Nerd: From Little Things

Ask a Plant Nerd: From little things.  This month’s “Ask a Plant Nerd” question comes from HRLN committee member Les Pearson who asks “What’s a forb and why are they important?” The first bit is easy, a forb is a herbaceous flowering non graminoid (grass like) plant,... read more

Shorebird Feature: Crested Tern

Thalasseus bergii As many of us flock to the shoreline for some lockdown-permitted exercise, you may have spotted flocks of Crested Terns. These ubiquitous shorebirds are the 2nd largest of the Australian Terns- approximately 49cm in length and are the most commonly... read more

Take a Coffee Break, search for Fairy Bells, or take a ride on a drone…

Have you seen our Landcare YouTube channel lately? It’s filling up with stories and adventures across the region. Immerse yourself in the world of our natural environments for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJYvXOeppRURmfkwxfYJVA/videos... read more

National Landcare Conference Outcomes

Don’t worry if you missed joining in for the recent online conference, the presentations and discussions are available here for free until the end of September: https://nationallandcareconference.org.au/education-resources/ Prepare to be amazed, questioned, inspired,... read more

National Tree Day success in Maitland

As part of National Tree Day on Sunday 1 August, people all around Australia rolled up their sleeves to plant trees, including at Metford Oval, where Maitland Council invited residents to join in on the planting of 400 seedlings. Local schools also played their part... read more

Working Together Aboriginal Engagement Communities Program

Caring for country is what we do in our Landcare activities, but how do we incorporate Aboriginal cultural knowledge and understanding into our Landcare activities, and seek advice from our local Aboriginal community to guide us? We’ve been working with Landcare NSW... read more

Collaborations are the key…

There are many Landcare projects around the Hunter region that would not happen if it wasn’t for collaborations and meaningful networking. Check out this great video about OzFish and Landcare, featuring our very own Luskintyre community projects: If you would like... read more

Two Hunter Landcare Projects Funded – Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Fund

Two Hunter Landcare projects gain funding through landcare led bushfire recovery fund. The Program is a $14 million Federal Government commitment to deliver on-ground activities to aid in the recovery of native wildlife and habitat in seven regions severely impacted... read more

Gresford Landcare

  This group embodies the Landcare philosophy and spirit with their sense of community, continual learning and sharing of practices that care for the land and local environment.  Discover what makes the longest-running Landcare group in the Hunter Valley thrive!... read more

Frog Deaths Across Eastern Australia

Have you noticed ill and dying frogs in your backyard or Landcare site? Please read this article to find out more and send any reports of sick or dead frogs (and if possible, photos) to the national citizen science project FrogID, or email calls@frogid.net.au They... read more

Fauna Feature: Joseph’s Coat Moth

Among the diverse moth species fluttering throughout the Hunter is the magnificently colourful Joseph’s Coat Moth (Agarista agricola), or painted vine moth. The name recalls a biblical story in which Joseph received a “coat of many colours” as a gift from his... read more

Woodland Birds School Program Feature – Mistletoe: Marvellous yet often misunderstood!

Although it is often considered the bane of gardeners, arborists and farmers, the pendulous clumps of mistletoe provide an extremely important resource for all manner of wildlife. Mistletoe boosts wildlife numbers in agricultural landscapes, especially insect-eating... read more

‘Renewal in the Desert’ Short Film

Grab a cuppa, some friends, and a computer interface to enjoy this short film hosted by the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) as we celebrate a milestone or two with the production of our documentary celebrating one of the earliest bush regeneration... read more