Tongue Orchid

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Darwinia

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Common Tree Snake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Sydney Red Gum

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Tyler’s Tree Frog – ©Jayden Walsh

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Yellow-faced Whipsnake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Powerful Owl Family

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Pittwater Mist

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Sweet-scented Wattle

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Latest News

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
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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

Wednesday August 1st, 2018

PNHA 2018 AGM will be at Katandra Bushland Sanctuary, Lane Cove Rd Ingleside on Sunday August 26.
Jayden Walsh will give us a presentation about Frogs of our area. Get ready to learn some frog calls!
AGM at 11 am, 11.30 am: Frog presentation: JaydenWalsh
12.30 BBQ Lunch 1.30 Spring Bushwalk. All Welcome, but please RSVP for catering to pnhainfo@gmail.com
Jayden's frog images: Red Crowned Toadlet and Green Stream Frog.
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PNHA 2018 AGM will be at Katandra Bushland Sanctuary, Lane Cove Rd Ingleside  on Sunday August 26.
Jayden Walsh will give us a presentation about Frogs of our area. Get ready to learn some frog calls!
AGM at 11 am, 11.30 am: Frog presentation: JaydenWalsh
12.30 BBQ Lunch 1.30 Spring Bushwalk. All Welcome, but please RSVP for catering to pnhainfo@gmail.com
Jaydens frog images: Red Crowned Toadlet and Green Stream Frog.Image attachment

Wednesday August 1st, 2018

A big thankyou to the 2241 people who signed our petition to Mayor Michael Regan and Pittwater MP Rob Stokes, asking for environmentally valuable land at 62 Hillside Rd Newport to be acquired and added to Attunga Reserve. Tonight Crs Alex McTaggart and Rory Amon's motion to NB Council, asking that Council investigate ways this could be funded was passed unanimously.Thanks also to Angus Gordon, former Pittwater Council GM, who spoke in support of the motion, along with PNHA. The tiny Spotted Pardalote is one of the birds heard on this land.It feeds on scale insects on the foliage of eucalypts, keeping the trees healthy, and nests in a burrow in the ground. Image: Rod Warnock. ... See MoreSee Less

A big thankyou to the 2241 people who signed our petition to Mayor Michael Regan and Pittwater MP Rob Stokes, asking for environmentally valuable land at 62 Hillside Rd Newport to be acquired and added to Attunga Reserve. Tonight Crs Alex McTaggart and Rory Amons motion to NB Council, asking that Council investigate ways this could be funded was passed unanimously.Thanks also to Angus Gordon, former Pittwater Council GM, who spoke in support of the motion, along with PNHA. The tiny Spotted Pardalote is one of the birds heard on this land.It feeds on scale insects on the foliage of eucalypts, keeping the trees healthy,  and nests in a burrow in the ground. Image: Rod Warnock.

 

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Thank you all. Great community effort.

Seriously brilliant that so many people got behind this 👍 Well done Marita, Dave, Angus and all members of PNHA! And very special thanks to Crs Amon and McTaggart for requisitioning the meeting. Rory

This is absolutely fantastic. I roamed this area as a kid and was horrified to hear it was threatened. Great work Pittwater Natural Heritage Association!!

Thursday July 26th, 2018

Open Days at Katandra Bushland Sanctuary are suspended for a few weeks as there will probably be a hazard reduction burn around the yurt on Saturday. The last fire here was in January 1994, so it is overdue for a burn, which will really bring on the wildflowers in a couple of years. ... See MoreSee Less

Open Days at Katandra Bushland Sanctuary are suspended for a few weeks as there will probably be a hazard reduction burn around the yurt on Saturday. The last fire here was in January 1994, so it is overdue for  a burn, which will really bring on the wildflowers in a couple of years.

 

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Thanks for the heads up!

Tuesday July 24th, 2018

Invest in the future! Come and plant trees on National Tree Day, Sunday July 29 at Waratah Park, 13 Namba Rd, Duffys Forest.. Organised by Duffys Forest Residents Association and Planet Ark. To RSVP and all the details: treeday.planetark.org/site/10019917 ... See MoreSee Less

Invest in the future! Come and plant trees on National Tree Day, Sunday July 29 at Waratah Park, 13 Namba Rd, Duffys Forest.. Organised by Duffys Forest Residents Association and Planet Ark. To RSVP and all the details: https://treeday.planetark.org/site/10019917

 

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Is there one at Avalon?

Monday July 23rd, 2018

Have you been to Katandra Bushland Sanctuary? It's on Lane Cove Rd, Ingleside.
The 2018 Katandra Open Season has begun so the
sanctuary is now open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm until
the end of October. The open days so far have been cool and
sunny and visitor numbers have been good with a mixture
regular visitors and other people discovering Katandra for the
first time.
Visitors have been regularly reporting seeing the wallabies
and the lyrebirds with one report of a group (a parliament) of
five powerful owls together in a large angophora – a mixture
of adults and juvenile birds. The people reporting this sighting
included a young boy equipped with binoculars around his
neck and an obvious passion for bird-watching. It is great to
see the younger generation getting outdoors and enjoying the
native bushland.
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Have you been to Katandra Bushland Sanctuary? Its on Lane Cove Rd, Ingleside. 
The 2018 Katandra Open Season has begun so the
sanctuary is now open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm until
the end of October. The open days so far have been cool and
sunny and visitor numbers have been good with a mixture
regular visitors and other people discovering Katandra for the
first time.
Visitors have been regularly reporting seeing the wallabies
and the lyrebirds with one report of a group (a parliament) of
five powerful owls together in a large angophora – a mixture
of adults and juvenile birds. The people reporting this sighting
included a young boy equipped with binoculars around his
neck and an obvious passion for bird-watching. It is great to
see the younger generation getting outdoors and enjoying the
native bushland.

 

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Marty we need to go here!

Looks beautiful

Sean Kotthoff

Hrach Mezoghlian

Monday July 23rd, 2018

Angophora Reserve Avalon is a Wildlife Protection area. No Dogs allowed. Yet we hear NB Council may be about to yield to the dog walker lobby to allow dogs access on leads. Don't do this, Council. Protect our Bushland, it's all the fauna has left. Dogs can go elsewhere, fauna can not.WHEN OFF-LEASH IS OFF-LIMITS:
WHY WE HAVE WILDLIFE PROTECTION AREAS

The Willoughby City Council area has a range of parks and reserves that allow for different types of activity for pet owners based on the ecological sensitivity of each area. Some areas are strictly no access for domestic pets, others allow no cats but dog-owners can walk their dogs on-leash and yet others are off-leash areas where dogs can run and play off their leads.The different access categories are included at the end of this post.

Wildlife Willoughby has recently had several encounters with dog owners letting groups of dogs run off-leash in Wildlife Protection Areas, allowing them to crash through sensitive bushland understory, destroying plants and disturbing wildlife. This is the dogs natural hunting instinct, but dogs allowed off-leash in bushland areas can cause a range of problems.

RISKS TO WILDLIFE: The sights, sounds and smells of dogs and other domestic pets cause native animals great stress, even causing them to leave their homes and their young unprotected. Dogs off tracks will leave a scent in the bush that will keep wildlife away. Uncontrolled dogs may frighten wildlife and disrupt their natural behaviour. Some dogs will kill or injure wildlife.

RISKS TO PARK VISITORS: Unleashed dogs may be aggressive to other park visitors. Some people want to enjoy parks without encountering free roaming dogs. Dogs running off-leash through bushland areas scare away the birds and animals that many people visit these areas to see.

RISKS TO YOUR DOG: Poison baits laid to control foxes can be fatal to dogs. Your dog can catch parasites (such as fleas and ticks) from wildlife. Snake bites are a real risk in bushland. Wildlife such as wallabies and goannas will defend themselves if threatened and can cause significant injury to your dog.

Willoughby Council has designated the following Wildlife Protection Areas to protect our ecologically sensitive bushland environments and to keep dogs safe and healthy:

WILDLIFE PROTECTION AREAS:

LEVEL 1 - NO ACCESS FOR DOMESTIC PETS:
Residents must keep all pets out of the following Level 1 Wildlife Protection Areas:
> Blue Gum Reserve (west of Kooba Ave) Chatswood West
> Castlecrag Northern Escarpment
> HD Robb Reserve, Castle Cove
> Willis Park, Middle Cove

LEVEL 2 – ON-LEASH ONLY ACCESS FOR DOGS
Residents may only walk their dog on a leash on formal walking tracks in the following Level 2 Wildlife Protection Areas:
> Blue Gum Reserve (east of Kooba Ave) Chatswood West
> Explosives Reserve, Castle Cove
> Flat Rock Gully, Naremburn and Northbridge
> Ferndale Park, West Chatswood
> Harold Reid Reserve, Middle Cove
> North Arm Reserve, Middle Cove

OFF-LEASH DOG AREAS
Residents may exercise their dogs off-leash in specially designated areas. For a list of these areas visit: www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/your-neighbourhood/pets/Off-Leash/

Source: Willoughby City Council.
Photo: Michael Spencer.
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Angophora Reserve Avalon is a Wildlife Protection area. No Dogs allowed. Yet we hear NB Council may be about to yield to the dog walker lobby to allow dogs access on leads. Dont do this, Council. Protect our Bushland, its all the fauna has left. Dogs can go elsewhere, fauna can not.

 

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I agree, but tell the local lady who walks through there regularly with 2 dogs off leash ignoring whoever tells her she shouldn’t be doing it.

All 3 councilors representing your ward on this issue were helped into office by the dog lobby! There will be dogs on our beaches and in our reserves under their vote in order for them to repay their supporters. Sad state of affairs.

Hi Marita, will look into this for you and get back to you.

Wildlife protection is essential and should be a priority.

This is not correct information and presumably suggested to incite the 'anti dog' groups. No lobby group has suggested this reserve to be suitable for dog walking.

Friday July 20th, 2018

Free this Saturday morning July 21? Do some tree planting in Toongari Reserve Avalon, 8.30-11.30am. Where on earth??? It's between Central Rd and Avalon Pde. See map for how to get in - track next to Avalon KU preschool on Avalon Pde, or from 57 Central Rd. It's Swamp Mahogany Forest in need of extra planting. Wear enclosed shoes and gloves, bring children, tools and morning tea provided. ... See MoreSee Less

Free this Saturday morning July 21? Do some tree planting in Toongari Reserve Avalon, 8.30-11.30am. Where on earth??? Its between Central Rd and Avalon Pde. See map for how to get in - track next to Avalon KU preschool on Avalon Pde, or from 57 Central Rd. Its Swamp Mahogany Forest in need of extra planting. Wear enclosed shoes and gloves, bring children, tools and morning tea provided.Image attachment

 

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Go you green guys😚

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