Tongue Orchid

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Eastern Water Dragon

Common Tree Snake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Drosera spatulata

Powerful Owl Family

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Sweet-scented Wattle

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Beetle

Tyler’s Tree Frog – ©Jayden Walsh

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Yellow-faced Whipsnake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Darwinia

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Bush Stone Curlew

Fungi

NSW Christmas Bush

Boronia

Sydney Red Gum

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Pittwater Mist

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Latest News

Latest News

Thursday April 15th, 2021

Correction: our original info about our new cover photo was wrong. Experts at iNaturalist identifed this insect as a Stream Lacewing, Porismus strigatus, in the same insect order as Antlions (Neuroptera). Its larval stage is NOT in a pitfall trap. The insect is about 3cm long, found near Avalon Beach. This extra info from Wikipedia: The larvae are associated with damp, mossy habitats and are amphibious. They hunt small invertebrate prey, from which they suck the body fluids with their mouthparts. The adults are diurnal or crepuscular (dawn/dusk) weak-flying insects which mostly prey on small invertebrates, supplemented with some pollen. Eggs are deposited in damp places, usually near freshwater. ... See MoreSee Less

Correction: our original info about our new cover photo was wrong. Experts at iNaturalist identifed this insect as a Stream Lacewing, Porismus strigatus, in the same insect order as Antlions (Neuroptera). Its larval stage is  NOT in a pitfall trap. The insect is about 3cm long, found near Avalon Beach.  This extra info from Wikipedia: The larvae are associated with damp, mossy habitats and are amphibious. They hunt small invertebrate prey, from which they suck the body fluids with their mouthparts. The adults are diurnal or crepuscular (dawn/dusk) weak-flying insects which mostly prey on small invertebrates, supplemented with some pollen. Eggs are deposited in damp places, usually near freshwater.

 

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Ignore our earlier comment about Pitfall trap. This is not an Antlion but a Stream Lacewing.

Thursday April 15th, 2021

The first to be planted on our Mona Vale Dunes Australian Government Communities Environment grant project site: White Correas on the cleared area. These were desperate to get out of their pots and into the sand. Lovely foliage and starry white flowers. Our big planting day on this site is coming up soon. ... See MoreSee Less

The first to be planted on our Mona Vale Dunes Australian Government Communities Environment grant project site: White Correas on the cleared area.  These were desperate to get out of their pots and into the sand. Lovely foliage and starry white flowers. Our big planting day on this site is coming up soon.Image attachment

 

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Great to see, Ma! I watered those Correas many times ❤️

Sunday April 11th, 2021

Roundup/Glyphosate: The Politics, Law, Science and Practicalities. Watch this video from Australian Association of Bush Regenerators. Tim Low, author of Feral Future, of the Invasive Species Council is one speaker. youtu.be/tSum9gILqz8
youtu.be/tSum9gILqz8Visit AABR's Glyphosate Working Group page for resources & updates www.aabr.org.au/aabr-projects/glyphosate-working-group/Glyphosate – Working throu...
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Sunday April 11th, 2021

Wires on Mona Vale trees: going, going, GONE!! ... See MoreSee Less

Wires on Mona Vale trees: going, going, GONE!!

Sunday April 4th, 2021

Our famous PNHA Cards are now available at Avalon's Beachside Bookshop shop 24, 11 Avalon Pde. Thanks very much to Libby for kindly stocking these for us at only $2.00 each. Blank cards for every occasion, with photos of Pittwater landscapes, flora and fauna. Example: Plateau Park Waratah by Ken Hughes. ... See MoreSee Less

Our famous PNHA Cards are now available at Avalons Beachside Bookshop shop 24, 11 Avalon Pde. Thanks very  much to Libby for kindly stocking these for us at only $2.00 each. Blank cards for every occasion, with photos of Pittwater landscapes, flora and fauna. Example: Plateau Park Waratah by Ken Hughes.

Friday April 2nd, 2021

PNHA Newsletter 87 is now on line. News: Grant projects and more, Caterpillars on Native Grape, (Pale Brown Hawkmoth Theretra latreillii is one), more Trad biocontrol released along Narrabeen Creek. Click here to read: pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2021/04/PNHA-NL-87.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

PNHA Newsletter 87 is now on line. News: Grant projects and more, Caterpillars on Native Grape, (Pale Brown Hawkmoth Theretra latreillii is one),  more Trad biocontrol released along Narrabeen Creek. Click here to read: http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2021/04/PNHA-NL-87.pdf

Friday April 2nd, 2021

Mona Vale angophoras - wire is going, going, but not quite gone.....The cafe is supposed to remove all of it. NBC will check, soon we hope. ... See MoreSee Less

Mona Vale angophoras - wire is going, going, but not quite gone.....The cafe is supposed to remove all of it. NBC will check, soon we hope.

Tuesday March 23rd, 2021

Trees must be able to shed their bark or expand their trunk and branches. Wires and vines can stop this so that fungus diseases can take hold, damaging the tree. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Just heard those wires are connected to the mains electricity so a good thing our fantasizing about wire cutting didnt become reality.

NBC today March 23 has agreed the palings will come off as soon as work can be arranged. Source of electricity for those wires will need to be discovered before removal.

Saturday March 20th, 2021

Those trees at Mona Vale in post below are still not released from palings and wires. Went there March 19 expecting to see them set free after a staff member had phoned agreeing something had to be done, but no. Why is it taking so long, NB council? Folks, please email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au to say you want these trees properly cared for. ... See MoreSee Less

Those trees at Mona Vale in post below are still not released from palings and wires. Went there March 19 expecting to see them set free after a staff member had phoned agreeing something had to be done, but no. Why is it taking so long, NB council? Folks, please email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au to say you want these trees properly cared for.

 

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Where at Mona Vale are they?

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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

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STEP Inc.  
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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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