The Scoop

Plant of the Month: Not a Weed Either!

Following on from last month’s look at a couple of “weedy looking” natives is another native which looks like a weed and unfortunately has a weedy look alike. Bleeding Heart or Homolanthus populifolius (sometimes listed as Omolanthus populifolius) is a rainforest... read more

2021 Regional Landcare Awards

Thank you to all those Landcarers who came along to celebrate the achievements of groups and individuals in our Hunter region Landcare community. Congratulations to all our winners-  Categories and winners Coastcare Award- Clean4Shore Indigenous Land Management Award-... read more

Fauna Feature: The Green and Golden Bell Frog

  At the Tocal Field Day, many of you expressed interest in rehabilitating ponds for frogs. So, this month, let me tell you about a fascinating Hunter resident, the green and golden bell frog (Litoria aurea).  The green and golden bell frog is typically found in... read more

Timber Production Survey for Rural Landholders

Timber production can be a viable addition to farm income but is not often exploited. Researchers at Southern Cross University are looking at why timber production is not part of the local rural economy and they need your opinions. Researchers are looking for rural... read more

Incorporating Native Biodiversity in the Wine Industry

Wine Australia Regional Program Biodiversity Workshop Hunter Valley I attended this event (HRLN sponsored) recently and was encouraged to learn about the scientific findings supporting the case for native biodiversity in the wine growing industry – and less... read more

Luskintyre Landcare in focus 2021

This new video showcases the inspiring projects and people in this wonderful group…... read more

Plants of the Month: That’s gotta be a weed?

Plant(s) of the Month: That’s gotta be a weed, doesn’t it? Well….. You know how it goes, you go wandering through the bush and see a plant which just doesn’t fit in, which just by the general look of it you just know it’s gotta be a weed. So you reach down and…. NO!... read more

Fauna Feature: Koalas

On the 3rd of May Australia celebrates Wild Koala day. It is the perfect moment to raise awareness of the endangered koalas and their threatened habitat. For this occasion, we introduce you to the koalas of the Hunter (Phascolarctos cinereus cinereus) and a few facts... read more

Motion sensor cameras available

A handy tool for spying on local wildlife activity, or looking out for wild dogs, foxes and cats, our motion sensor cameras are available for members to loan. To arrange to loan, please contact Stacy at read more

Do trees (forests) really make rain? Or do areas with high rainfall grow forests?

You may have debated this topic at a dinner party, or maybe not… Either way, it is worth pondering.  And perhaps planting. An expanding body of evidence supports the idea that forests, in the right conditions, not only make rain locally but also hundreds of kilometres... read more

Luskintyre’s paddock and river plantings on track

Luskintyre Landcare group is on its way to its target of 4000 paddock trees (shrubs and trees) planted by July this year.  The trees were donated by the Greater Bank as part of their 75 Year celebrations.  Seven property owners (and Landcare members) are taking part... read more

Blazeaid to the Rescue

In a slight departure from their usual works, Blazeaid volunteers are currently (28th April) at Cassilis assisting with revegetation of areas following the 2017 Sir Ivan Bushfire. In the fire slightly over 4 years, ago fifty-five thousand hectares of land was burnt,... read more

Plant of the Month: Blackbutt

Plant of the Month: Blackbutt (Burrooma – Worimi) Eucalyptus pilularis A common tree in the Lower Hunter the Blackbutt is a magnificent tree to 70 metres tall with a natural range along the coast from around Hervey Bay in Queensland to the Victorian border. A... read more

Sustaining the Williams Valley Group

Take a look at this inspiring Landcare group regenerating the Weeping Lily Pilly rainforest on the Williams River. You will also see the results of the recent flood in 2021. You will want to be a part of this after watching! Join here:... read more

Barrington Tops NP – Upper Hunter, target weeding field days

Join in some target weeding in our alpine areas of the National Park. Workdays have been arranged to target removal of broom around Junction Pools and Edwards Swamp area, on the southern end of the Barrington plateau. For more information ... read more

Plant of the Month: Ribbon Gum

Twenty third of March is National Eucalypt Day so with that in mind it’s time for another gum PotM. This month’s PotM is the Ribbon Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis), there’s a couple of them growing near the bridge at Bunnan on the Scone-Merriwa Road, I’ve looked at these... read more

Fauna Feature: Blue-banded bees

by Sebastien Doleac Blue-banded bees (Amegilla cingulata) are native to Australia and can be found all across the country except in Tasmania. Their size varies between 8 and 14 mm. Although blue-banded bees have a sting, they are not aggressive and present no danger.... read more

Wendy Lawson from Broke Bulga Landcare nominated for Singleton citizen of the Year

Wendy was nominated for Singleton Citizen of the Year for her work with many local contributions including environmental protection, tourism and viticulture. Wendy has been president of the Broke Bulga Landcare for over 20 years, Treasurer of the Singleton Landcare... read more

Chris Jackson (Wollombi Valley Landcare) Environmental Citizen of the Year Award

At the Australia Day Awards Ceremony held in Cessnock on 26 January, Chris Jackson was awarded the Environment Award and named Environmental Citizen of the Year.  Chris received the Award in recognition of his work with Wollombi Valley Landcare Group over the last... read more

Weed of the Month: Formosa lily

(Lilium formosanum)    Formosa lily, also called Taiwan Lily, as that is its origin, is a weed (introduced to Australia in the 70’s) that I am seeing pop up more and more each year in the Hunter Coastal areas along roadsides, wasteland and bushland and widely... read more

In the Spotlight: Dungog Commoners Landcare

Welcome to Dungog Commoners Landcare group. You will see the group in action and the reasons to join... read more