Beetle

Darwinia

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NSW Christmas Bush

Common Tree Snake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Sweet-scented Wattle

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Yellow-faced Whipsnake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Pittwater Mist

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Eastern Water Dragon

Bush Stone Curlew

Fungi

Tongue Orchid

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Sydney Red Gum

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Powerful Owl Family

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Boronia

Tyler’s Tree Frog – ©Jayden Walsh

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Drosera spatulata

 

Latest News

Latest News

Thursday March 4th, 2021

It's Autumn Birds in Backyards survey time. What birds are in your backyard? Birdlife Australia collects all the information to help conservation of our birds.
Click here to find out how to do a survey: www.birdsinbackyards.net/content/article/Autumn-survey-time
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Its Autumn Birds in Backyards survey time. What birds are in your backyard?  Birdlife Australia collects all the information to help conservation of our birds. 
Click here to find out how to do a survey: https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/content/article/Autumn-survey-time

Thursday February 25th, 2021

We gardeners and bush regenerators all hate Trad, formerly called Wandering Jew. Trad leaf smut biocontrol news: On Wednesday February 24 we planted some more infected stems sent up from the CSIRO in Canberra, this time into dense Trad patches along Narrabeen Creek in Warriewood. Red and white tape tied on trees and sticks along the track indicates where we planted as we will monitor what happens and need to find the locations for later photos. The smut is a type of fungus found by CSIRO on Trad in its native Brazil. It may take up to a year to infect nearby Trad and damage its foliage, reducing its vigour, hopefully killing it. ... See MoreSee Less

We gardeners and bush regenerators all hate Trad, formerly called Wandering Jew. Trad leaf smut biocontrol news: On Wednesday February 24 we planted some more infected stems sent up from the CSIRO in Canberra, this time into dense Trad patches along Narrabeen Creek in Warriewood. Red and white tape tied on trees and sticks along the track indicates where we planted as we will monitor what happens and need to find the locations for later photos. The smut is a type of fungus found by CSIRO on Trad in its native Brazil. It may take up to a year to infect nearby Trad and damage its foliage, reducing its vigour, hopefully killing it.Image attachment

Wednesday February 10th, 2021

Barking Owls have been seen recently in Ingleside Chase Reserve, near the waterfall track, where Powerful Owls also quietly sit above the track at times. Barking Owls do sound sound like a small dog, with a quick “woof woof” call, often during the day. Both owls need tree hollows for nesting.Good morning all. Fabulous news from Sydney's North where a trio of Barking Owl chicks have been spotted with a parent bird. Barking Owls tend to not like urban situations as much as their Powerful Owl cousins, but have been cropping up in more urban situations than usual in a few spots in Victoria and on the NSW Central Coast. Hopefully with good habitat protection we will see this species use the urban Sydney Basin more frequently.
Hooray!
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Barking Owls have been seen recently in Ingleside Chase Reserve, near the waterfall track, where Powerful Owls also quietly sit above the track at times. Barking Owls do sound sound like a small dog, with a quick “woof woof” call, often during the day. Both owls need tree hollows for nesting.

 

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Great photo by Richard Jackson.

Tuesday February 9th, 2021

Pittwater Nature #4 is now on our website. pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2021/02/Issue-4-Pittwater-Nature.pdf
All about:
Pittwater River and the Barrenjoey sandspit
How Tumbledown Dick hill Duffys Forest endangered bushland has been moved there from a site at Belrose
The Sydney Wildlife Mobile Unit looks after native animals
Plant Families 101: the Solanaceae /Nightshade Family.
Prey and Predators on Bilgola Plateau
Two birds that nest in hollows. Dollarbirds: Image Chelsey Baker.
Cicadas emerge at night.
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Pittwater Nature #4 is now on our website. http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2021/02/Issue-4-Pittwater-Nature.pdf
All about: 
Pittwater River and the Barrenjoey sandspit
How Tumbledown Dick hill Duffys Forest endangered bushland has been moved there from a site at Belrose
The Sydney Wildlife Mobile Unit looks after native animals
Plant Families 101: the Solanaceae /Nightshade Family.
Prey and Predators on Bilgola Plateau
Two birds that nest in hollows. Dollarbirds: Image Chelsey Baker.
Cicadas emerge at night.

 

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Monday February 1st, 2021

Brush Turkeys: How to live with these not always welcome visitors.Brush Turkey workshop
Join Dr Ann Goeth as she shares the reasons for their increasing numbers and how to successfully live alongisde or discourage some of their behaviours. Online Wed 17 Feb, 6-7pm.

Book bit.ly/2NgjYcc
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Brush Turkeys: How to live with these not always welcome visitors.

Wednesday December 23rd, 2020

Have a Merry and safe Christmas, everyone. PNHA Newsletter 86 is now on our website: pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2020/12/PNHA-NL-86.pdf
Inside: Full PNHA Report for 2020, How our three bush regeneration grants are going, and now a new one for Mona Vale Dunes, Jayden's Bangalley Head Vertebrate Fauna Report, Releasing Smut for Trad biocontrol, Australia's first Urban Night Sky Park.
Lots of these little butterflies about just now. Common Grass Blue, Zizina otis, on Lobelia alata in an Avalon garden.
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Have a Merry and safe Christmas, everyone. PNHA Newsletter 86 is now on our website: http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2020/12/PNHA-NL-86.pdf
Inside: Full PNHA Report for 2020, How our three bush regeneration grants are going, and now a new one for Mona Vale Dunes, Jaydens Bangalley Head Vertebrate Fauna Report, Releasing Smut for Trad biocontrol, Australias first Urban Night Sky Park. 
 Lots of these little butterflies about just now. Common Grass Blue, Zizina otis, on Lobelia alata in an Avalon garden.

Saturday December 12th, 2020

Wendy Frew's series The Coast is great listening for Northern Beaches folks. She includes talks with wildlife carers, interviews about Warriewood Wetlands, Bangalley Headland, the possibility of prospecting for gas drilling off the coast, and the last - Trouble with Transport.🦆🐸🐝 Wendy Frew’s The Coast, Fri 11 December, 11am

Final episode of Season 1 (Season 3 coming in the new year)

The Trouble with Transport

In this episode of The Coast, host Wendy Frew takes a look at two major projects – breathing walls and fauna crossings – that could help offset the damage done to our environment by private and public transport.

The first season of The Coast, a weekly show about the environment and sustainability on the Northern Beaches, runs for six weeks.

Tune in at 88.7 / 90.3FM or stream via www.rnb.org.au. You can also listen anytime at www.mixcloud.com/TheCoastRNB/
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Wendy Frews series The Coast is great listening for Northern Beaches folks. She includes talks with wildlife carers, interviews about Warriewood Wetlands, Bangalley Headland, the possibility of prospecting for gas drilling off the coast, and the last  - Trouble with Transport.

Monday December 7th, 2020

Rescued Flying Foxes, Koolewong Track Trees, The Carrot Family, Appreciating Flies - and more in Pittwater Nature Issue 3 pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2020/12/Issue-3-Pittwater-Nature.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

Rescued Flying Foxes, Koolewong Track Trees, The Carrot Family, Appreciating Flies - and more in Pittwater Nature Issue 3 http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2020/12/Issue-3-Pittwater-Nature.pdfImage attachment
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About PNHA

About PNHA

With urbanisation, there are continuing pressures that threaten the beautiful natural environment of Pittwater. 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.


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. It is a member of the Pittwater Community Alliance. Please contact us for further information.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to benefit Pittwater's natural environment go to the Pittwater Environmental Foundation.

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.

Our Charter

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association seeks to raise awareness and provide information and advice to our members on issues such as:

Native Tree Canopy

Identification of trees local to your particular area. What to plant to replace dead or dying trees, and how to care for trees. The characteristic form of the native tree canopy is a major contributor to Pittwater's sense of place.

"Bush Friendly" Gardens

Selecting plants for your garden that will live in harmony with nearby bushland and provide habitat for native animals and birds.

Building and Landscaping

Promoting practices which preserve and protect the visual qualities of the landform, preserve soil stability and prevent erosion of steep slopes and siltation of waterways.

Weed Infestation

Information on noxious and environmental weeds, weed identification and methods of control and eradication.

Living with Wildlife

Maintaining habitat and wildlife corridors for our rich and diverse native fauna. Understanding the impacts of introduced birds and animals and uncontrolled domestic pets.

Keeping our Waterways Healthy

Using and enjoying our waterways and estuaries whilst maintaining appropriate water quality and habitat for aquatic creatures. Caring for the streams, wetlands, saltmarsh and mangrove systems that are an integral part of our waterways.

Rock Platforms, Beaches and Dunes

Protecting and preserving the plant and animal communities on rock platforms. Restoration and regeneration of dune systems and maintenance of their stability.

Act to Preserve and Protect!

If you would like to join us, please fill out the Membership Application Form. Alternatively if you would like to contact us for information on any of our projects, our details are:

Email: pnhainfo@gmail.com

Postal Address
PO Box 187
Avalon Beach NSW 2107

President
Marita Macrae

Other Environmental Organisations

STEP Inc.  
STEP is a community-based environmental organisation with over 400 members from Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby and surrounding suburbs. Their primary aim is to work for the conservation of bushland in northern Sydney.

 

Australian Plants Society NSW
The Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd is made up of members from all walks of life who have a passion to learn about, share, grow and conserve Australian native plants and their habitats. 

 

Northern Beaches Council - Environment
Safeguarding the Northern Beaches unique living environment. 

 

Birdlife Australia
BirdLife Australia is dedicated to creating a bright future for Australia’s birds.

 

Sydney Nature
Find out about the huge variety of native plants and animals across Sydney, the benefits they provide and how you can support native plants and animals in your local area.

 

Sydney Wildlife
As well as caring for sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife, Sydney Wildlife is also involved in educating the community about native wildlife and its habitat.

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