It’s not surprising that grevilleas have gained popularity with local gardeners and landscapers. They tick the 'native’ box and the hybrid varieties display large showy flowers in bloom most of the year. Sadly, hybrid grevilleas are now known to be contributing to local extinctions of small bird populations. In this story, we unpack why, and how by using a diversity of shrub species and vegetation structure, as well as providing water and a pesticide-free environment, you can help all wildlife thrive.Read more
You may have heard in the media about the drastic demise of bees and other pollinators worldwide. Loss of habitat, pesticides, climate change and mites are contributing to this. Whilst honeybees in Australia are so far safe, the native bee population has taken a big hit in recent years with some estimating a 40% drop in numbers.Read more
Years ago, the superb fairy wren was a common sight in our gardens. Now, only if we’re lucky, can you catch a glimpse of these little blue beauties in the shrubs along our coast. Sadly, this is the case for many native small birds.Read more
If you’re anything like us, being near, on and in the ocean brings pure happiness. For David Booth, Professor of Marine Ecology at UTS, it’s been a life-long passion and professional research playground. Lucky man!
We asked the eminent scientist and strong advocate of sustainable fisheries and marine parks, to give us the scoop on some of his discoveries in Sydney waters.
Worth a ponder while you’re out enjoying coastal activities this summer.Read more
Heroes don’t always wear capes. They are usually amongst us, doing their bit to make this world a better place. You’re probably one of them…!Read more
It seems that each year now, whether due to a dry spring, wet winter, climate change or El Nino, we are warned that conditions are just right for an intense bushfire risk over the coming summer. With this in mind, land managers typically undertake hazard reduction burning during the cooler months to reduce the fuel loads in the bush.Read more
It’s that time of the year when the gardeners amongst us emerge to tackle neglected green patches. We prune, trim, plant, mow, and clip. And weed. Many of us curse (and relish) removing weeds that have flourished in winter.
Yet, contrary to popular belief, not all weeds are evil. A weed is just a plant growing in a place where it is unwanted. In fact, many of your stubborn garden weeds can have benefits.
Here’s the ‘dirt’ on why many garden-variety weeds can be happily left in the ground, under control.Read more
Imagine our world devoid of plants and wildlife. This stark picture is enough to sour your coffee (sorry!). Unfortunately, it could be the way we’re headed in Australia, if outcomes from the recent national State of Environment Report are anything to go by.
The report shows that our biodiversity is under increased threat and continues to decline at a rapid rate. The top culprits? Feral species, urban development and habitat fragmentation.
It’s not all bleak however.Read more