Wonderfull rain! We're taking advantage of the wet ground for a Community Planting Day on Saturday October 27. Remnant Sydney Freshwater Wetlands lie between the Avalon Soccer grounds and Barrenjoey Rd. We'll continue the planting from last month. We'll be there 8.30 - 11.30am, opposite Crane Lodge Place. Careel Creek bushcare volunteers work on the fourth Saturday morning of each month - but we need extra help this time! Probably gumboots (or other enclosed shoes) would be a good idea, as well as long pants and long sleeves. This project is funded by a grant to PNHA from Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Northern Beaches Council. ... See MoreSee Less
We can't stop bringing back the bush! Thanks to all who helped with our final Careel Creek Vine Weeds project planting morning. This site is between Barrenjoey Rd and the dog park near Etival St. Contractors had sprayed - note dead grass. After planting and watering we put on grow bags to protect from rabbits. The soil was quite damp, so stand back and watch this space! ... See MoreSee Less
Spring flowers. Swamp Oak, Casuarina glauca, trees are either male or female. Noticed a few brown ones just now? It's not drought, but the millions of rusty flowers of the male trees. Some of the billions of wind-blown pollen grains land on the hairy red tiny female flowers, which later develop woody capsules containing winged seeds. Click on images to see which is which. Not a cause of hayfever. These are in Bilarong Reserve. ... See MoreSee Less
Community Planting Day Saturday September 15. Come and help plant local native tubestock and restore the degraded area adjacent to Barrenjoey Road and Careel Bay Dog Exercise area. Meet at corner of Etival St and Barrenjoey Rd Avalon, 8.30am -12. This is an activity in our Careel Creek Vine Weeds control project. Tools, gloves, equipment, morning tea and friendly locals supplied.
Further information: please call the Bushland Management Officer on 9970 1363 or 0417 040 945
This project is supported by a Greater Sydney Local Land Services Grant through Pittwater Natural Heritage Association and Northern Beaches Council. ... See MoreSee Less
More good news is that Katandra Bushland Sanctuary is open again on Sundays in Spring, after the hazard reduction burn around the Yurt, just visible at top. We are taking photos to record the regeneration. Just need some rain to get this going........ ... See MoreSee Less
A bit late, but some good news we haven't posted is that the DA for a Seniors Living complex on Bayview Golf Course was refused by the Sydney North Planning Panel. Thanks to NB Council for strong and well-reasoned opposition to this environmentally destructive proposal. ... See MoreSee Less
More off-leash dogs scaring birds - Careel Creek, half an hour ago - the fox terrier even had a go at my dog (who was on her leash of course) - which wouldn't happen if the dog owners were following the rules, their dogs were on leashes so they wouldn't scare off/chase the birds or decide to lunge at, snarl and try to bite other dogs. Pictures prove a daily experience by many needs to be addressed. We are losing all our resident wildlife, and the opportunity for future generations to experience this in their own home too, because some people don't give a damn about what lives here (and was here prior to them), other dogs or other people.
Send these photos to council with a scathing letter.
Rangers are no longer into "confrontation" It is much safer and more financially rewarding for Councils to book illegally / overstayed parked motor vehicles at beaches and indeed the very same reserves where unleashed dogs are encouraged to run after and harass local wildlife by their "responsible" owners, I have seen this occur at Narrabeen Lake numerous times.
Saturday August 4th, 2018
Supporters needed! The Sydney North Planning Panel will meet to determine the application to construct 95 units of Seniors Housing, golf course upgrades and infrastructure works, Bayview Golf Course.
When: 5.30 pm Wednesday August 8 Where: Northern Beaches Council building, Pittwater Rd, Dee Why.
PNHA has objected to this development as it will involve destruction of many trees and impact on a known fauna corridor. Northern Beaches Council environment staff have recommended the DA be rejected. We will address the Panel emphasising our objections to the DA. It is always good to know we have supporters in the audience at such a meeting, so we would be very grateful if PNHA members and other objectors could come along.
This young Powerful Owl is one from a nest in this area. The Powerful Owl is a Threatened Species. Image: Lyn Priebus ... See MoreSee Less