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Weeds threaten to overrun pastures

Common-Centaury-weed

St John’s Wort major outbreak in rural and reserve areas AS IF OVERNIGHT, a mass outbreak of bright yellow St John’s Wort became noticeable in December on public and private land of the capital region. Other opportunistic and invasive weeds: thistles, serrated tussock and Common Centaury amongst them, have found openings on

Drought victim!

eel-drought-victim

Do you know how difficult it is to remove eel slime from your hands? On my walk yesterday afternoon (Tues 6 Nov 2018), I skirted the waterholes, now mud holes, in our swamp checking for any sign of pigs. What I found was an enormous dead eel (1m long, 10cm thick) lying

Success in treating Wombat mange

Wildlife carer’s innovative method that any landholder can adopt WOMBATS IN AUSTRALIA face challenges to their survival, including drought and the destruction of their homes due to environmental factors and human activities. As if that were not enough, sarcoptic mange remains a considerable hurdle for our native friends. Mange is a contagious

Take-home lessons from week’s extreme weather, fires

Tathra bush fires March 2018

AS THE MID-MARCH fire catastrophes, including Tathra near Bega, enveloped communities and residents, the Australian Science Media Centre gathered some expert comment on the extended fire season and the need for Australia to adapt to the changing climate. Some 70 homes and other buildings were razed in Tathra. Dr Grant Wardell-Johnson,

Larger, faster, hotter: the megafires are coming

Koorabri bushfire 2013

IN 2006 JERRY WILLIAMS, formerly of the US Forest Service, visited Australia to talk to workshops organised by Australian bushfire authorities, and he used the term ‘megafires’. These fires, he said, are essentially ‘unbounded’, but there’s surprisingly little agreement about what the term actually means. Is it a measure of a

New housing estates and Bungendore water supply

Bungendore NSW

PROPOSED GREENFIELDS developments in Bungendore have been on hold until more water is found to service them. The present water allocation from the alluvial aquifer is only adequate for the existing town. Any completion of permitted Bungendore urban infill would exhaust the presently available water supply. More water is needed for

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