Purple Swamp Hen

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Sydney Peppermint

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Birdsnest Fern

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Pittwater Mist

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Pink Wax Flower

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Tongue Orchid

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Clematis

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Hillock Bush

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Sydney Red Gum

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Rocks near Elvina Bay Track

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Scribbly Gum

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Twining Guinea Flower and Seeds

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Hairy Clerodendron

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Flannel Flower

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Blue Flax Lily

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Sweet-scented Wattle

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Darwinia

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Careel Bay, Pittwater

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Swamp Lily

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Looking South from Barrenjoey Headland

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Rough-barked Apple

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Native Raspberry

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Narrabeen Lagoon

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Sundew

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Ledum Boronia

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Wonga-wonga Vine

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Rainbow Lorikeet

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Egg and Bacon

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Blue Flax Lily Berries

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Powerful Owl Family

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Latest Facebook Posts

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA) shared Wildlife Willoughby's photo.

Microbats! You can see them flitting about at dusk, hunting insects, though some catch fish. Many species in Pittwater. www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1618228481526386&id=100000177504676
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MICROBATS OF SYDNEY The Sydney Basin supports a rich microbat fauna of at least 19 species. Four species are predominantly cave-roosting, sheltering during the day in caves, mines, tunnels, culverts and stone basements. The remaining 15 species roost during the day in tree hollows, under bark and in buildings. Nocturnal microbats are not generally well-known creatures so research scientists Dr Brad Law and Dr Caragh Threlfall have created the first poster to feature Sydney’s microbats with images and descriptions of 17 species (19 species have been identified in the Sydney region). It’s hoped this poster will bring Sydney's microbats some well-deserved publicity. Nectar and fruit feeding bats are vital to forest regeneration as pollinators and dispersers of rainforest seeds. Insect-eating bats also play an important role in the natural control of insect populations. Threats include: Habitat destruction for residential and other development; accumulation of contaminants such as organochlorines and other compounds in wood preservatives, herbicides and pesticides; motor vehicle impact; and cat predation, especially for slow-flying species that forage near the ground. We can all help ensure a future for these fascinating and important creatures by: keeping cats indoors, especially at night; building and installing a bat roosting box; minimising the use of herbicides and pesticides; helping to conserve old growth forests. There is no charge for the poster, production of which has been funded by the Ku-ring-gai Bat Conservation Society (KBCS) along with several Sydney councils, but a $10.00 contribution towards packaging and postage would be appreciated. To view a PDF version of the poster, to order a printed poster or to find out more about microbats and the Ku-ring-gai Bat Conservation Society visit: sydneybats.org.au/microbats/microbats-of-sydney-poster/

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Tuesday February 21st, 2017

What’s on in 2017
Sunday Morning Birdwatching with PNHA
Would you like to know more about local birds? Our guided walks explore magnificent bushland reserves, and are suitable for everyone from beginners to experts.

26th March, Irrawong Reserve
Meet at the far end of Irrawong Rd, off Garden St, North Narrabeen

28th May, Warriewood Wetlands
Meet at Katoa Close, North Narrabeen

27th August, Chiltern Track (Wildflowers and birds)
Meet at the fire trail gate at the start of the track, near the end of Chiltern Rd, Ingleside

17th September, Irrawong Reserve
Meet at the far end of Irrawong Rd, off Garden St, North Narrabeen

26th November, Warriewood Wetlands
Meet at Katoa Close, North Narrabeen

Our birdwalks start at 8am and last for a couple of hours. Bring binoculars, and morning tea for afterwards if you like. Older children welcome.
Full details of each walk posted on Facebook three weeks before, or email pnhabirdwatching@gmail.com for further details.
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Friday February 17th, 2017

Northern Beaches Indian Myna Action Group is a PNHA project. We're lending traps for catching these pests on private land. Now have about 55 trappers in action and the bird score is about 620 and rising.
To get trapping go to the Facebook page or contact Nick on 0416288874 or email pnhainfo@gmail.com
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About Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA)

With urbanisation, there are continuing pressures that threaten the beautiful natural environment of the Pittwater area. Some impacts are immediate and apparent, others are more gradual and less obvious. The Pittwater Natural Heritage Association has been formed to act to protect and preserve the Pittwater areas major and most valuable asset - its natural heritage. PNHA is an incorporated association seeking broad based community membership and support to enable it to have an effective and authoritative voice speaking out for the preservation of Pittwater's natural heritage. Please contact us for further information.

Our Aims

  • To raise public awareness of the conservation value of the natural heritage of the Pittwater area: its landforms, watercourses, soils and local native vegetation and fauna.
  • To raise public awareness of the threats to the long-term sustainability of Pittwater's natural heritage.
  • To foster individual and community responsibility for caring for this natural heritage.
  • To encourage Pittwater Council and the NSW Government to adopt and implement policies and works which will conserve, sustain and enhance the natural heritage of Pittwater.

Act to Preserve and Protect!

If you would like to join us, please fill out the Membership Application Form

Walks and Talks 2016

Sunday 28 August, Chiltern Track, Ingleside (birds and wildflowers)

The wildflowers should be in bloom and there will be an expert plant guide on hand. We find birds here such as yellow-tufted honeyeaters, not found on our other walks. When: 9.00am Where: Meet at the fire trail gate at the start of the track, nearing the end of Chiltern Rd, Ingleside.

Sunday 25 September, Warriewood Wetlands

The rainforest habitat at this reserve is renowned for bird species not commonly seen in Pittwater. When: 8.00am Where: Meet at Katoa Close, Warriewood

Sunday 27 November, Warriewood Wetlands

At this time of year, there should be plenty to see. The summer migratory species will have arrived and the Wetlands will be home to nesting birds and birds with young. When: 7.30am Where: Meet at Katoa Close, North Narrabeen.
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