Powerful Owl Family

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Boronia

Drosera spatulata

Yellow-faced Whipsnake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Beetle

Darwinia

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Tyler’s Tree Frog – ©Jayden Walsh

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Sweet-scented Wattle

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Tongue Orchid

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Common Tree Snake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Bush Stone Curlew

Sydney Red Gum

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Eastern Water Dragon

Fungi

Pittwater Mist

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NSW Christmas Bush

 

Latest News

Latest News

Thursday June 18th, 2020

Have you ever seen a Rose Robin?
Now that COVID 19 lockdowns are easing, we are able to offer a free guided bird walk, observing social distancing. Our guides can help you spot birds and recognise their calls.
Location: Warriewood Wetland
Date: Sunday June 28
Time: morning
RSVP: Contact us on pnhainfo@gmail.com to register your interest and we’ll send you details of exact time and meeting place. The walk is limited to 15 people so book by June 26. Bring binoculars if possible.

The Warriewood Wetlands are a favourite spot to look for birds, specially now, when the Swamp Mahoganies are in flower. Rose Robins have been recently seen there. (Image, Neil Fifer) About 170 species have been recorded so far. PNHA has published an introductory field guide about some of the birds of this area, available on the day.

Looking forward to a lovely morning and lots of birds!
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Have you ever seen a Rose Robin?
Now that COVID 19 lockdowns are easing, we are able to offer a free guided bird walk, observing social distancing. Our guides can help you spot birds and recognise their calls.
Location: Warriewood Wetland
Date: Sunday June 28
Time: morning
RSVP: Contact us on pnhainfo@gmail.com to register your interest and we’ll send you details of exact time and meeting place. The walk is limited to 15 people so book by June 26. Bring binoculars if possible.

The Warriewood Wetlands are a favourite spot to look for birds, specially now, when the Swamp Mahoganies are in flower. Rose Robins have been recently seen there. (Image, Neil Fifer) About 170 species have been recorded so far. PNHA has published an introductory field guide about some of the birds of this area, available on the day. 

Looking forward to a lovely morning and lots of birds!

 

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Sylvia Cummins would Lachie be interested in this?

Wednesday June 10th, 2020

Spring is coming, though the shortest day coming soon is officially mid-winter. Spring flowers are starting, birds are courting. Some plants on our favourite Chiltern Track: Hakea propinqua - tiny flowers, large nobbly fruit with two seeds. Hairpin Banksia, and a mystery photo? Those marks on the bark of Red Bloodwood at the far end of Chiltern Rd are caused by Sugar Gliders biting to make the sap flow and get a high energy slurp. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Anna C Bee

a wonderful post - thank you. We're newcomers to the area and this is helpful and beautiful

Wednesday June 10th, 2020

Heath-leafed Banksia glowing in the winter bush, nectar for Eastern Pygmy Possums and Honeyeaters. Each spike has hundreds of flowers. If you run your finger between them, you can taste that nectar, like honey. ... See MoreSee Less

Heath-leafed Banksia glowing in the winter bush, nectar for Eastern Pygmy Possums and Honeyeaters. Each spike has hundreds of flowers. If you run your finger between them, you can taste that nectar, like honey.

Tuesday June 2nd, 2020

Our latest Newsletter: Coastal Upland Swamps, Lorikeets - not all are Rainbows, "Shovel Ready" projects - is Bayview Golf Course really on the list? the Superb Fruit Dove (this image from eBird) , Bauer's Midge Orchid, PNHA projects. To read go to: pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2020/05/PNHA-NL-84.pdf ... See MoreSee Less

Our latest Newsletter:  Coastal Upland Swamps, Lorikeets - not all are Rainbows, Shovel Ready projects - is Bayview Golf Course really on the list? the Superb Fruit Dove (this image from eBird) , Bauers Midge Orchid,  PNHA projects. To read go to: http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2020/05/PNHA-NL-84.pdf

Wednesday May 6th, 2020

Listen! Can you hear a high pitched jingling call from a flock of fast flying birds? It's Musk Lorikeets. Smaller than Rainbows, they come in autumn, enjoying the flowering Swamp Mahogany and Spotted Gum flowers. This photo from www.ozanimals.com/australian-bird-index.html ... See MoreSee Less

Listen! Can you hear a high pitched jingling call from a flock of fast flying birds? Its Musk Lorikeets. Smaller than Rainbows, they come in autumn, enjoying the flowering Swamp Mahogany and Spotted Gum flowers. This photo from https://www.ozanimals.com/australian-bird-index.html

 

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They are in Warriewood wetlands with the rainbow lorrikeet.

Marita they are going over every day at the moment, such a shame they fly so high.

Could also be little lorikeets, too.

Michelle Wilkins like Ricky xx

Thursday April 30th, 2020

Looking for somewhere to safely get out for a change of scene? The Chiltern Track, in Ku-ring-gai NP, running from Chiltern Rd Ingleside to McCarrs Creek Rd, is a firetrail through wonderful bushland, full of interest at all seasons. We even saw one Christmas Bell! Take binoculars for good birds too. Some floral examples from late April 2020: Heath-leafed Banksia, a favourite of Eastern Pygmy Possums. Acacia suaveolens (thinks it's spring). Early spike on a grass tree. Platysace linearifolia. Carnivorous Drosera peltata flower. Crowea saligna. Banksia oblongifolia.A Hopbush - Dodonaea pinnata.Native Iris, Patersonia sericea. A delicate sprightly Ant. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday April 30th, 2020

Flowering in both autumn and spring, Sunshine Wattle, Acacia terminalis, is so cheerful. ... See MoreSee Less

Flowering in both autumn and spring, Sunshine Wattle, Acacia terminalis, is so cheerful.

Monday April 20th, 2020

Cancelled! We're very sorry that along with so many other events, our PNHA activities are not on for a while, including the guided bird walk to Deep Creek reserve, this Sunday April 26. On previous visits we've seen Leaden Flycatchers, so here are some to cheer you up. The male is a bit like a Willie Wagtail, but the female has rufous on her throat. The baby in this nest is trying to eat a stick insect. Images by Neil Fifer ... See MoreSee Less

Cancelled! Were very sorry that along with so many other events, our PNHA activities are not on for a while, including the guided bird walk to Deep Creek reserve, this Sunday April 26. On previous visits weve seen Leaden Flycatchers, so here are some to cheer you up. The male is a bit like a Willie Wagtail, but the female has rufous on her throat. The baby in this nest is trying to eat a stick insect.  Images by Neil FiferImage attachment

Monday April 20th, 2020

What about plastics and recycling? How can we stop the damage some cause? This NSW Government survey is ready for your views, by May 8. yoursay.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-plan/short-survey ... See MoreSee Less

What about plastics and recycling? How can we stop the damage some cause? This NSW Government survey is ready for your views, by May 8. https://yoursay.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-plan/short-survey

Tuesday April 14th, 2020

Swamp Paperbark, our new cover photo, flowers spring and autumn, attracting lorikeets and other birds. Each "flower" is actually hundreds of tiny flowers with white stamens and no petals. Melaleuca quinquenervia is its other name. ... See MoreSee Less

Swamp Paperbark, our new cover photo, flowers spring and autumn, attracting lorikeets and other birds. Each flower is actually hundreds of tiny flowers with white stamens and no petals. Melaleuca quinquenervia is its other name.
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About PNHA

Review of the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act

We urge you to help make this Act more effective. Click on these links to see more information and to make a submission. Submissions due by April 17 2020.

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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