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Winged wonders at the bottom of the garden

| garden, nature

By Katherine Muirhead, Tabletop When we first moved to the “rural” suburbs 15 years ago, we planted hundreds of native shrubs including a variety of grevillea, callistemon and flowering eucalypts. Nearer the house we grew flowering plants, creepers, vines and buddleia to encourage birds, bees and butterflies. We had a blue-tongue lizard for many weeks …

Play your part for the platypus

| nature, waste

By Geoff Williams, Australian Platypus Conservancy Do you want to monitor local platypus numbers as part of a new citizen science project that seeks to conserve this very special mammal? The Australian Platypus Conservancy (APC) has developed standardised visual monitoring techniques during the past decade that very effectively track how platypus populations vary through time. …

Walking and talking about feral pests

| community, garden, nature

By Lizette Salmon, Gardens for Wildlife Albury-Wodonga Project Officer It’s very disappointing when you put a plant in the garden and it’s nibbled to the ground by rabbits. Or when your chooks are killed by a fox. Feral pests are a challenge for many of us living on the outskirts of town. But pity the poor …

Biodiversity flourishes in roadside reserves

| nature

By Jonathan Howard Roadside reserves are complex parcels of land, with a range of interests and issues at play. Often these reserves retain significant biodiversity, including those remnants of ecological communities that are not well represented in national parks or stock reserves. They also provide valuable corridors, especially when linked with other native vegetation remnants …

Retiring? How about conservation volunteering?

| community, nature

By Mick Webster Many people approaching their ‘twilight years’ seem to cast around without much idea as to what to do with the rest of their life – possibly 20 or 30 years, when they are still reasonably fit and have a desire to learn about the world, and maybe do some good for the …

An ogre came to my door

| garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard I came across a spider the other day. It was crawling across the flyscreen that covers my back door. My guess is that it was looking for somewhere to escape the dry. I recognised instantly as a spider belonging to the family Deinopidae, distinctive for its long stick-like body, spindly legs, and …

Listen to the wisdom of the children

| climate change, community, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Greta Thunberg organised a ‘Youth Strike for Climate’ in her native Sweden last year because she realised that her generation was going to have to deal with the effects of rapid human induced climate change, and that many of the leaders of world today either do not want to listen, …

Make your seafood dinner sustainable this Easter

| At home, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga How to have an egg-cellent Easter? Eat sustainably of course! This article is your go-to guide for what fish and seafood to feast on this Easter weekend. Picture this – you’re lining up with what feels like 100 other families, all just wanting to get in, order, collect …

Cloth vs disposable nappies: Why the planet needs you to make the switch

| At home, money matters, waste

By Emma Avery, Founder & Owner of Cloth Baby Single-use plastics have become something of a taboo of late, and thanks to the ABC TV series War on Waste we are all adapting our behaviours. However, in spite of this growing awareness, there is a single-use plastic that is still increasing as our population grows – …

That which cannot be spoken about

| At home, community, health, waste

By Alan Hewett We don’t speak about it much, going to the toilet that is. We have even developed a lexicon to describe it. We go to the bathroom, the dunny, the john or the loo. The latter expression is particularly interesting. It evolved from the French, “regardez l’eau.” This was shouted by servants in …