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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 …

Birds of a Feather

| At home, garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard Some people confuse currawongs with magpies. Both birds are common to our gardens. Both birds are similar in size and are black and white in colour, however, there are significant differences. A keen ‘birdo’ will tell you the black and white colour extends to the top half of a magpie, while a …

The value of a garden

| At home, energy, garden

By David Thurley Every year in late January or early February Albury will experience a number of days where the temperature is in the high 30s or the low 40s and we are challenged to keep ourselves and our pets cool.  What do we do? The first thing we do is reach for the switch …

Superb Fairy-wren – a truly superb bird

| garden, nature

By Ian Davidson and Chris Tzaros – Wangaratta Landcare & Sustainability One of the great delights of the natural world is to be able to observe wildlife in their natural state.  We are fortunate to be able to do so in this region, even in our gardens and parks. One of our most striking birds …

A love letter to my rain gauge

| climate change, garden, nature

By Jonathon Howard We’ve been seeing a lot of each other recently and we need to think about taking the next step. I know, my visits have been sporadic, but I want you know you are always on your mind. As I mow the lawn I see you there by the fence post. I know …

Wildlife’s survival depends on us

| garden, nature

By Kirsten Coates My internet yoga teacher conducts her lessons with her dog Benji by her side. I have tried this too but my three-legged dog Lexi just thinks this is time to play and, needless to say, I end up banishing her to another room. Although she is a calming presence in my life, …

Don’t forget the little guys this spring

| At home, garden, nature

By Jonathan Howard

In spring most of us turn our attention to the garden and plants. Some of us might look to plant natives with nectar-producing flowers to attract honeyeaters and wrens in the garden.

This spring, I encourage you to do something different – why not install some insect hotels …

Nature observations for fun and science

| garden, health, nature

By Karen Retra, Wodonga Urban Landcare Network Have you spotted the delightful purple flowers of Hardenbergia recently? It is also known as purple coral pea, false sarsaparilla and happy wanderer, among other names. Hardenbergia typically flowers in our region from mid-winter. Like several other species, some plants seemed to take an ‘early mark’ this year and have …

Frog chorus

| At home, garden, nature

By John Whale It was the hour before midnight, the moon shone brightly and some very welcome rain, which had been falling since I went to bed had finally stopped. From out of a rain drenched garden, I heard a distinctive voice calling out, or more precisely I should say, I heard a unique creature …

A garden stocktake

| garden, nature

By Sue Brunskill It may seem insensitive, indulgent or outright rude to talk about gardens when so many people have lost so much, however gardens are much more than a luxury. There is much written about the psychological value of gardens, but they are more important than ever for recovery of our wildlife, given the …