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Can I suggest a worm farm…?

| food, garden, nature

By Jenny Indian A friend recently commented that she found autumn beautiful and yet a little depressing.  This stopped me in my tracks – as one prone to fret about heat and summer, autumn is simply the finest of times.  Not just the colour and light from those wonderful deciduous trees but the joy of …

Tapping the potential in our own back yards

| community, garden, nature

by Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga Now seems a perfect time to take a fresh look at what we do in our everyday lives, to rethink our mindsets, to change our habits and routines. After all, we’ve all rolled with the punches throughout a pandemic as a matter of necessity and found that we can …

Something from Nothing

| garden, nature

By Kirsten Coates After months of deliberation and soul searching, we came to very sad decision last week. At the rear of our house stands an old pear tree, estimated to be at least 100 years old, gnarled, wizened and full of character. We have often mused at what that old pear tree has seen. …

Silver Banksia – a vital missing tree in our forests

| nature

By Mick Webster The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) map shows only a sparse distribution of Banksia marginatas in North-East Victoria today – in fact in only about 30 known locations North of the Divide. And yet 150 years ago these were amongst the commonest trees in our forests – wherever you find a ‘Honeysuckle’ …

Not just a pretty face

| waste

By Clare Cunnington If you have ever worked in a commercial kitchen you may be familiar with the term “dish pig”. Usually, the term refers to the person who lands the task of washing most of the dishes and, as the name implies, it is not one of the most glamorous jobs in the workplace! …

Weebil – a tiny jewel

| nature

By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability The Weebill is Australia’s smallest bird, measuring just 8-9 cm. The name Weebill comes from its relatively short beak. However, its song sounds like a musical ‘weebill’, so maybe this describes both its beak and its song? These tiny birds are commonly found throughout …

Rewilding

| nature

By Alan Hewett What is rewilding? It is a global trend that focuses on nature repairing and restoring itself. However, it also includes the re-introduction of species by humans into areas where they once flourished. Two recent examples have been put forward. There was a proposal to release Tasmanian Devils into Wilson’s Promontory National Park. Why? …

Gardens as habitat

| garden, nature

By David Thurley When we plant a garden we are usually thinking of a number of things.  Space for our children or grandchildren and pets to play, how to make our house look beautiful, the need for privacy and many other things.  But somewhere in there should be what can I plant to provide habitat …

Collecting firewood

| nature

By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga Last winter with so many people needing to keep warm while working from home, local environmental reserves took a beating from DIY firewood collectors, resulting in a large loss of valuable habitat. Now here we are again; winter is around the corner and people need a supply of good, dry …

Scanning for Platypus

| nature

By Geoff Williams, Australian Platypus Conservancy The platypus has a reputation for being shy and difficult to spot.  However, as the Director of the Australian Platypus Conservancy, I am quick to debunk this myth. I am also keen to get more people involved in an innovative program which uses ‘next generation’ citizen science to keep …