Bird species feature: Little Lorikeet

A small bird at 16 - 19cm, 40g, it is easy to tell why they are named ‘little’ when side by side with a Rainbow Lorikeet. They make up for their size in their constant chattering calls and large flocks. This species is listed as vulnerable in NSW, found mostly high in...

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Benefits of Fallen Timber and Dead Trees on Farms

Especially in winter, It may be tempting to use fallen timber for burning and to ‘clean up’ the understory but it serves essential ecosystem functions.  Fallen timber stabilises soil, reduces erosion, and creates a protected microclimate where small animals can...

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Tools, Tricks and Tips: Nursery Cheats

Ok, I have a confession, despite enjoying working in nurseries I really hate pricking out and potting up seedlings. Yeah, I know, it is the main point of working in a nursery, but it is just so tedious and time consuming so if I can find any way of doing it quicker I...

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Covid updates for Landcare

The NSW Government has further eased certain restrictions from 1 July.  What does this mean for Landcare groups? Under the new guidelines,  Public gatherings of up to 20 people are now permitted with restrictions for Outdoor venues (working in the bush or on your...

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Video: Axe Restoration with Paul

How I restore axes, you may do it differently but this works for me. Of course the golden rule with restorations of this type, as little as possible, as much as necessary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TVVwQvnCe0  

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Plant of the Month: Magenta Lilly Pilly

(Syzygium paniculatum). Katuba (Kattang), Daguba (Cadigal). March is a great time for fans of bushfood, Kurrajongs, Sandpaper Fig and the Magenta Lilly Pilly all ripening. This year was a good season for the Lilly Pilly here in the Upper Hunter and while I didn’t get...

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Shorebird Count

We are now in the window for the winter shorebird count which is mid-May to mid-August, with the ideal date being July 1. We encourage you all to get out there and survey your local shorebird areas but please be sure to comply with State/Territory guidelines and...

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Bird Species Feature: Red Wattlebird

Another of our unique woodland birds is the Red Wattlebird. As featured in our Woodland Bird chart they have a very loud call, are quite large birds at 35cm long, and acquired their name by the red ’wattle’ appendage on either side of their neck. Being one of the...

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Good plant: Bad plant

I had a question the other day about how to tell the difference between an African Olive (Olea europea ssp cuspidata) and Mock Olive (Notelaea microcarpa), having spent quite a bit of time killing the former and trying not to kill the latter I work with the following...

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Tools, Tricks and Tips: Rainy Day Jobs

You know what it’s like, it’s cold and wet outside but you really don’t want to be inside, because, well, you need to do something more than pushing pixels, or you just want to hide from the boss for a while so the only real retreat is the shed and as there’s only so...

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Covid-19 Update from LNSW

Dear Landcarers,  It has been a constant state of flux these past few months and as we slowly emerge from this period of uncertainty in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, we count our blessings that Australia has come out of this stronger as a society....

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