Common Tree Snake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Sydney Red Gum

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Tongue Orchid

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Eastern Water Dragon

Beetle

Drosera spatulata

Tyler’s Tree Frog – ©Jayden Walsh

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Boronia

Yellow-faced Whipsnake – ©Jayden Walsh

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NSW Christmas Bush

Bush Stone Curlew

Sweet-scented Wattle

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Fungi

Darwinia

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Pittwater Mist

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Powerful Owl Family

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Latest News

Latest News

Saturday October 3rd, 2020

Wider view of the delicate flowers of Tongue Orchid in our cover photo. It survives dry conditions clinging to the rock with roots that can absorb moisture, the leaves thick and shrivelled, then bursts into bloom late September. ... See MoreSee Less

Wider view of the delicate flowers of Tongue Orchid in our cover photo. It survives dry  conditions clinging to the rock with roots that can absorb moisture, the leaves thick and shrivelled, then bursts into bloom late September.

 

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Pamela Frei this awesome

Saturday October 3rd, 2020

Tongue Orchid Dockrillia linguiformis on shady side of sandstone rocks above Whale Beach Rd Palm Beach. Formerly a Dendrobium, this orchid flowers at end of September. ... See MoreSee Less

Tongue Orchid Dockrillia linguiformis on shady side of sandstone rocks above Whale Beach Rd Palm Beach. Formerly a Dendrobium, this orchid flowers at end of September.

Friday September 18th, 2020

Chiltern Track in spring - guided wildflowers and bird walk again on Sunday September 27. Wide track allows social distancing. Interested children very welcome with carers. We'll watch out for a nesting Spotted Pardalote family (example in photo by Rod Warnock) we saw last month. Scarlet Honeyeaters possible (photo Rod Warnock) and Eastern Spinebill (photo Neil Fifer). Bring binoculars. Some different flowers will be out. Numbers are limited so please book early: pnhainfo@gmail.com. ... See MoreSee Less

Chiltern Track in spring - guided wildflowers and bird walk again on Sunday September 27. Wide track allows social distancing. Interested children very welcome with carers.  Well watch out for a nesting Spotted Pardalote family (example in photo by Rod Warnock) we saw last month. Scarlet Honeyeaters possible (photo Rod Warnock) and Eastern Spinebill (photo Neil Fifer). Bring binoculars. Some different flowers will be out. Numbers are limited so please book early:  pnhainfo@gmail.com.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Amazing photos! Were they Margaret’s?

Sunday August 30th, 2020

At the start of our Chiltern Track walk today: That butterfly: a male Common Jezebel, Delia nigrina. Not a good photo, but very lucky to see it at all. You can only see the colourful underwings here.
Its upper wings are white with black tips of the forewings, so you might think: Cabbage White , but it flickers as it flies because the under wings are so dark.
More about it here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delias_nigrina
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At the start of our Chiltern Track walk today: That butterfly: a male Common Jezebel, Delia nigrina. Not a good photo, but very lucky to see it at all. You can only see the colourful underwings here.
Its upper wings are white with black tips of the forewings, so you might think: Cabbage White , but it flickers as it flies because the under wings are so dark.
More about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delias_nigrina

Sunday August 30th, 2020

What a wonderful time we had on the Chiltern Track today. Wonderful weather, flowers, birds, people. Our first treat was a butterfly, a male Common Jezebel, Delias nigrina, feeding on Pimelia flowers. Difficult to photograph though. Its caterpillars feed on mistletoes. Another delight was three children, full of questions and observations. We watched a Spotted Pardalote fly down to its nesting burrow at the foot of a tree next to the track. Yellow tailed Black Cockatoos flew over, also a Brown Goshawk. Variegated Wrens, Scarlet Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills and so many wildflowers blooming.
Bird List:
Brown Goshawk
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo
Laughing Kookaburra
Spotted Pardalote
Variegated Fairy-wren
White-eared Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Little Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird
Eastern Whipbird (heard only)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Pied Currawong (heard only)
Australian Raven
Grey Shrike-thrush
Silvereye
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Great day, thank you.

What a wonderful day and people. Thank you very much!

Lovely

Saturday August 29th, 2020

Pink Waxflower, Eriostemon australasius, in front of scorched bark of Red Bloodwood, Eucalyptus gummifera, two Sydney Sandstone species adapted to fire. In Dundundra Falls Reserve Terrey Hills, late August. ... See MoreSee Less

Pink Waxflower, Eriostemon australasius, in front of scorched bark of Red Bloodwood, Eucalyptus gummifera, two Sydney Sandstone species adapted to fire. In Dundundra Falls Reserve Terrey Hills, late August.

Monday August 17th, 2020

The marvellous Chiltern Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase NP at Ingleside is our next destination for a guided walk looking at wildflowers and birds. Date: Sunday August 30. To book and get more information please email us: pnhainfo@gmail.com. Numbers are limited to 15 so don't delay. This walk was originally planned for Bangalley Head Reserve, but COVID changed that to this safer wide track. We'll see Hakea propinqua, and if sunny, Native Iris, Patersonia sericea. ... See MoreSee Less

The marvellous Chiltern Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase NP at Ingleside is our next destination for a guided walk looking at wildflowers and birds. Date: Sunday August 30. To book and get more information please email us: pnhainfo@gmail.com. Numbers are limited to 15 so dont delay. This walk was originally planned for Bangalley Head Reserve, but COVID changed that to this safer wide track. Well see Hakea propinqua, and if sunny, Native Iris, Patersonia sericea.Image attachment

 

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A few places left - book now to avoid disappointment!!!

Monday August 17th, 2020

Have a look at our new publication, the Pittwater Nature bulletin, keeping bushcarers, wildlife carers and community gardeners in touch, and anyone who loves our local flora and fauna, at home or in the bush. It's on our website: pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2020/08/Issue-1-August-2020-Pittwater-Nature-Copy.pub_.pdf
Inside: find out how the Bolwarra depends on a tiny weevil, and how the weevil depends on the Bolwarra. What does a pumpkin look like when it's only about 3 days old? and lots more.
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Have a look at our new publication, the Pittwater Nature bulletin, keeping bushcarers, wildlife carers and community gardeners in touch, and anyone who loves our local flora and fauna, at home or in the bush. Its on our website: http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2020/08/Issue-1-August-2020-Pittwater-Nature-Copy.pub_.pdf
Inside: find out how the Bolwarra  depends on a tiny weevil, and how the weevil depends on the Bolwarra. What does a pumpkin look like when its only about 3 days old? and lots more.Image 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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