Our AGM, talks and lunch are on Sunday December 5. Bangalley Headland Reserve in Avalon has a big list of native flora and fauna species. Jayden Walsh, ecologist, and Sally Alldis, bush regenerator, will tell us about their work there. Time: 11.30. Place: Newport Recreation Centre. Our famous Pittwater cards will be for sale. Email email@example.com if you'd like to come. All Welcome. Double vaccination and sign in required. ... See more
Dwarf Apple Gum, Angophora hispida. Hispida means hairy - you can see why on these buds. Lots of these now in November on our favourite Chiltern Trail in Ku-ring-gai Chase NP at Ingleside. Insects love the flowers, specially beetles. ... See more
Our local native orchid Cymbidium suave is flowering now on land in Ingleside that was proposed to be cleared for housing. Just one of Ingleside's many bush treasures. The flowers are tiny, about violet-size, and on many spikes with lots of flowers. It's an epiphyte, growing on trees with deep hollows down which grow the roots. The latest proposal for development in south Ingleside has been sent right back to the drawing board. ... See more
Really EXCITING news!!! The Smut disease that affects Trad, that awful weed, is really taking off along the track to the Irrawong waterfall. We planted some infected stems there in October last year, sent from the CSIRO. Now the Smut is infecting quite a lot of nearby Trad. Watch for the yellow spots. Round spots on the undersides of the leaves are where the Smut, a type of fungus, is growing spores that spread the disease. It may not kill off the Trad but will weaken it so that other plants can get through the dense infestations. ... See more
Wild Pollinator Count November 14-21. Besides Honey Bees, what wild insects are pollinating your flowers at home or out in the bush? The Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. Wild Pollinator Count is an evidence-based independent project focused on citizen science and pollinator conservation. Some ecologists run it on their own time with no funding. They invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help them build a database on wild pollinator activity. Click to learn more: https://wildpollinatorcount.com/ ... See more
Pittwater Nature#8 is now online: http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2021/10/Issue-8-Pittwater-Nature.pdf Safe Rodentbaits, Giant (harmless) Mozzie, Topknot Pigeons and more. Beach Spinifex is in flower now. Plants are either male or female and their flowers look quite different. Female here: ... See more
Help save Australia's frogs Thousands of sick and dead frogs continue to be reported across eastern Australia. Join the Australian Museum’s Amphibian & Reptile Curator, Dr Jodi Rowley for an update on this serious conservation issue and find out how you can help save Australian frog species. When: Friday 5 November, 12.30-1.30pm Where: Online event Cost: Free Register now: https://australian.museum/event/save-australias-frogs/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MembersFrogIDWeekSolusOctober2021&utm_content=version_A ... See more
Honey Bees and Native Bees - Community Webinars The Coastal Environment Centre’s next free online webinars will be on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm - register now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org The webinars will also be recorded on Zoom and will be available to residents upon request. Wednesday 3 November - 6.30 - 7.30pm The Magnificent Honey Bee Did you know that it takes 12 bees their entire life to make just one teaspoon of honey? Join us as we discuss the importance of these amazing creatures. We will be looking at the role honey bees play in our food production, beekeeping in urban environments and how these animals can help us improve mental wellbeing. Register now by emailing email@example.com Wednesday 10 November - 6.30 - 7.30pm The Wonderful World of Australian Native Bees Many people think that all bees make honey, but only around 2% of all bee species actually do. Australia is home to around 2,000 species of native bees. Join us as we discover the wonderful world of Australian native bees. Learn about where they nest and live and their unique life processes. We will also show you how you can attract and support native bees in your garden. Register now - firstname.lastname@example.org PNHA Image: Honey Bee and tiny Native Bees on Lemon flower ... See more
What about cats and wildlife? Pause/Paws for thought! Here's Wendy Frew's latest interview in her The Coast series. https://www.mixcloud.com/TheCoastRNB/episode-5-season-5-paws-for-thought/?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=notification_new_upload&utm_content=html ... See more
Good News! Katandra Bushland Sanctuary is now open each Sunday in October, 10-4pm. It's at Ingleside, off Lane Cove Rd. Entry by donation. Covid health rules apply. https://katandrabushlandsanctuary.com/ ... See more
Wondering about doing the Aussie Backyard Bird Count? Listen to this episode of The Coast, where Wendy Frew interviews Birdlife Australia's Dr Holly Parsons about how the Aussie Backyard Bird Count works and why it's important. Wendy also interviews Australian Museum ornithologist Dr Leah Tsang about the much maligned Channel-billed Cuckoo. Click to listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/TheCoastRNB/episode-4-season-5-the-aussie-backyard-bird-count/ ... See more
Bottlebrush Time! This is our very own local coastal Callistemon rigidus. Stiff leaves, bold, angular growth.
The Aussie Backyard Bird Count happens during next week October 18-24. The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard no matter where your backyard happens to be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, down by the beach, or the main street of town. You can count as many times as you like over the week, we just ask that each count is completed over a 20-minute period. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live. Click below to sign up: ... See more
Life in the Treetops. Canopy trees are such a feature of our Pittwater area. Find out what's going on there with Wendy Frew's latest episode of The Coast. Click here: https://www.mixcloud.com/TheCoastRNB/episode-3-season-5-life-in-the-treetops/ ... See more
Dark Sky Place at Gov Philip Park. Very pleased to see sensible view prevailed at NBC Council meeting this week. Thanks Councillors for your support. We look forward to some interesting events "enlightening" us about light pollution, best practice lighting and the night sky. ... See more
Male mozzies are not after your blood. Did you know you're serving as a pick-up joint for mozzie romance?
Information about the effects of light at night on wildlife: https://www.australasiandarkskyalliance.org/environmental
Urban Night Sky Park at Palm Beach: agreed by Northern Beaches Council August 24, then rescinded for no credible reason. PNHA hoped that the establishment of the UNSP would not only encourage an appreciation of the dark sky but draw attention to the problems of artificial lighting, highlight “best practice” lighting in the park and raise awareness of the need for change. In Australia over 60% of all mammals and 60% of all invertebrates are nocturnal and the effects of artificial light at night are widely acknowledged and documented. During the last 2 years the Urban Night Sky Place committee has had extensive consultation with stakeholders and engaged with the community at many levels. From over 300 submissions 87% were positive and in favour. National Parks and Wildlife Service supported the venture, NSW police indicated that rather than encourage untoward behavior at night the establishment of the UNSP would be a deterrent. Please let Council know you want this to go ahead. email: email@example.com Read about the Australian Dark Sky Alliance: https://www.australasiandarkskyalliance.org/?utm_campaign=51135eb3-83ef-4ac6-9046-ab1b8003d0d7&utm_source=so&utm_medium=mail&cid=596e5334-5a4a-4edd-9b63-39f1ca2bfd39 Here's our submission to be presented at the Council meeting September 28. ... See more
No, not False sarsparilla but Love Creeper, Comesperma volubile, beside the track over south Bilgola headland to Newport and flowering now, September 20. Be quick to see it, on the western side of the track. ... See more
Spring in Angophora Reserve, Avalon. A stroll from Palmgrove Rd up to Wandeen Rd will take you over shale soils, then up to sandstone soils, so you'll see different trees and plants as you go. Leave your dog at home please. ... See more
Have a look at Pittwater Nature Issue 7. For you: Sick Frogs, Ospreys and White-bellied Sea Eagles, the huge Pea Family (includes tough and gorgeous Native Sarsparilla Hardenbergia violacea - image), winter wildlife patients, Echidna X-ray, Duke of Ed boys at the Avalon Community Garden. click here: http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2021/09/Issue-7-Pittwater-Nature-compressed.pdf( ... See more
We are concerned about the impacts of cats on our wildlife. We love our cats of course, but even domestic cats just can't help hunting. That is their nature. Cats - domestic and feral - along with foxes - have had a terrible impact on Australia's fauna. What can we do about this? RSPCA NSW is partnering with 10 councils including Northern Beaches Council on a research project that will help keep cats and wildlife safe. Could you please take part in this survey, even if you don't own a cat? https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=3MR4LAEYPR Think your cat isnt doing any harm? The graphic is from an article in The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/this-shy-little-wallaby-has-a-white-moustache-and-shares-its-name-with-a-pub-meal-yet-its-been-overlooked-for-decades-164326 ... See more
Spring is bird nesting time. What if you find a baby or juvenile bird you think needs help? A rescued Powerful Owl juvenile, Manly Daily 2009. What to do: https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/content/article/Nestling-or-Fledgling-Baby-Bird-Dos-and-Donts ... See more
Clematis - two very similar species in Pittwater. The developing seeds have grey furry appendages, source of the name Old Man's Beard. This photo was taken in a damp shady spot but Clematis is a hardy plant and also grows on top of Avalon Dunes, flowering like a spring snow storm. ... See more
Birdwatching in your Backyard - or nearby. Surveys you can do help with looking after our birds. Find out more: click: https://www.networkbirdlife.org/home/branches-and-backyards-is-back-its-time-to-crown-our-most-common-covid-cockies-and-pandemic-parrots ... See more
Ledum Boronia aka Boronia ledifolia. Spring is bursting out all over now around Ingleside and in the national parks. The underside of the petals when seen in bud are red. The strong scent of the foliage comes from oil glands. This identifies it as a member of the Rutaceae plant family which includes citrus and the herb Rue. ... See more
We all love Frogs. Click to register for a zoom meeting telling how you can learn about them and be a Citizen Scientist helping to stop their decline using the Frog ID app on your phone. Image: Red Crowned Toadlet, a Pittwater cutie, by Jayden Walsh https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItf-2orTkpGdGOr8MztaTPvp1n98uW_Igi?fbclid=IwAR1u3slUVGpVfr_qWZ9YnsT8XIPrPcgzl5tBZJhOSw5LSeicdaO9gytLPqk ... See more
Spring in the bush - on the Chiltern track in Ku-ring-gai NP. Bossiaea scolopendria in the Pea family Fabaceae gets its species name from the Greek word for centipede σκολόπενδρα, skolopendra. Its flat stems develop buds a bit like legs along the edges but the similarity disappears when the flowers open. It only has tiny leaves as a seedling or on regrowth. The flat stems are an adaptation for the harsh life on sandstone soils. ... See more
Ingleside Precinct Draft Place Plan. Listen to a series of interviews about this proposal here: https://www.mixcloud.com/TheCoastRNB/ Please note, though Wendy says in the program that submissions have closed, SUBMISSIONS CLOSE THIS FRIDAY JULY 23. Go to https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/ingleside to have your say. ... See more
A huge thanks to the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Care Unit. Good luck little Roly!
PNHA Newsletter 88 is now on our website. Read about completing our bush regeneration project on Mona Vale Dunes, Ingleside: what the latest proposal will mean for wildlife, bike tracks trashing bushland, keeping cats inside, more grant applications coming up. Photo: Waratah seedpods in Waratah Rd bushland, Ingleside. http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2021/07/PNHA-NL-88.pdf ... See more
Draft Ingleside Precinct Plan: A summary of PNHA views: ( Dont forget to put in your submission by JULY 23 through https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Priority-Growth-Areas-and-Precincts/Ingleside ) Pittwater Natural Heritage Association considers this strategy needs to be reworked to ensure that biodiversity throughout the strategy area is properly conserved. Here is the DPIE Website’s statement on Sustainability : The draft place strategy for Ingleside seeks to protect the environment and preserve natural and biophysical assets. Seeks is not good enough. It is a low bar commitment which demonstrates how poor the commitment to ecological sustainability is, and how little protection for biodiversity this proposed development will provide. The strategy’s first priority should be to that the environmental values of the land area will be acknowledged and then plan development that will fit into, rather than plan an urban development first, then “seek” to protect the environment. We take exception to this paragraph in the Acknowledgement of Country in the Draft Ingleside Strategy document: Aboriginal people take a holistic view of land, water and culture and see them as one, not in isolation to each other. The draft Ingleside Place Strategy is based on the premise upheld by Aboriginal people that if we care for Country, it will care for us. This strategy does not demonstrate the reality of Caring for Country, and we consider it a cynical use of political correctness to claim that this would be an Aboriginal view of what is proposed for Ingleside. Country includes earth, water and all flora and fauna. The Country cannot care for us if we destroy it, as will happen with this strategy. 1.Loss of native plants and animal species within the precinct The Ingleside Precinct which the DPIE proposes to rezone is rich in native plant and animal species, as identified in reports prepared for DPIE by Eco Logical Australia, and reports from others including Ingleside Residents Landcare Group. Eco Logical Australia identifies 23 threatened fauna species and 14 threatened flora species either occurring in the precinct or likely to occur. A survey by Ingleside Residents Landcare Group in 2011 identified 86 bird species in the area. Recently there has been a report of a new location of Eastern Pygmy Possums, listed as vulnerable under NSW legislation, in a bushland area within the precinct which has been set down for residential development. Should development occur, the attack of weeds and water pollution will cause many of these native plant and animal species to disappear. Positive action to protect them must be taken. In addition, this is a time of climate change where retention of trees and native habitat are becoming more and more important to our society 2.Protection of Endangered Ecological Communities (EECs) There are two EECs in the Ingleside Precinct: Coastal Upland Swamp and Duffys Forest Community Coastal Upland Swamp in the Sydney Basin Bioregion - Listed as Endangered under Commonwealth legislation and Endangered Ecological Community under State legislation - They must be protected by buffer zones, otherwise close residential development will cause a change in the quality and quantity of water entering the swamp which will lead to their eventual destruction Duffys Forest Endangered Ecological Community Pittwater Natural Heritage Association has been alerted to a patch of Duffys Forest EEC within the precinct which has been overlooked by Eco Logical Australia, the biodiversity consultants working for DPIE. - Listed as an Endangered Ecological Community under State Legislation - Is habitat for Grevillea caleyi which is listed as critically endangered under both State and Federal legislation - Duffys Forest EEC occurs in a few locations in Ingleside, Terrey Hills, Duffys Forest and Belrose and nowhere else in the world. As many sites as possible must be protected to add resilience in case of bushfire and other damaging events. 3.Protection of Fauna Corridors and riparian Zones Native animals need to be able to move between local reserves within and around the precinct and the national parks to the west. Fauna corridors through the precinct are required for this to happen. However: - None of the fauna corridors shown on the plan give an unimpeded passage for fauna. - Riparian zones make a valuable contribution to fauna movement if constructed properly. Those shown in the Structure Plan are too narrow, in private ownership, not zoned Environmental Conservation and not linked by bushland to reserves and national parks bordering the precinct. In short, commitment to construction and protection of fauna corridors in the structure plan is entirely inadequate. A final point We consider advice from ecological consultants is being ignored. For example: • Eco Logical Australia has given advice to DPIE about the number, size and location of fauna corridors through the Ingleside Precinct. This advice is not reflected in the Structure Plan. For example, on page 60 of the ELA biodiversity Assessment, they state, in reference to connectivity links, that: The most significant link exist between Garigal National Park in the south west and Ingleside Chase Reserve in the East (See the PNHA map). The rezoning should aim to maintain these areas of connectivity throughout the precinct. One of these areas of connectivity, the bushland in Waratah Rd, is mapped for R2 Low density residential. Part of this area contains Duffy Forest EEC. And the whole is needed as a fauna corridor between Garigal NP and bushland to the north. • Also, Eco Logical Australia has recommended that riparian corridors should, where possible, be in public ownership. Their map on page 34 marks the riparian zones as E2 (Environmental Conservation). This zone is not given to the creekline corridors in the Structure Plan but as RU2 Rural landscape which enables private ownership and construction of dwellings. We believe that they must be in public ownership and a total width between built form of 100m, as in the Warriewood Valley. Otherwise they are not sustainable. The view of PNHA is that this planning proposal has been rushed, not fully thought through and not suitable for its environment. PNHA requests that a new plan be produced, one that responds to the environmental demands of its peri-urban location. Photo of corridors critical to fauna movement through the precinct. Image: Jacqui Marlow ... See more
Always a front runner in the Spring Stakes - Sweet Scented Wattle Acacia suaveolens, on Waratah Rd Ingleside.
Pittwater Nature Issue 6 is now on our webpage. Read about the plant family Proteaceae, local native rats, how the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Clinic is teaching kids and vets how to treat wildlife, Walks and Talks at Ku-Ring-Gai Wildlfower garden this spring. http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2021/07/Issue-6-Pittwater-Nature.pdf Rakali, a native water rat. ... See more
No, no, it's not National Tree Day in Toongari Reserve. That was nearly two years ago. Call in to see how big the trees have grown. You'll be amazed. Access is next to the K.U. Kindergarten on Avalon Pde, or via Central Rd, or the path leading west from the RSL Carpark, Avalon. ... See more
The Ingleside Place Strategy would trash bushland on Waratah Rd Ingleside. This land is owned by the Dept of Planning and Infrastructure. We estimate about 60 houses would be built here with disastrous results for flora and fauna. Watch this to see what we will lose: https://youtu.be/-Ugi9xFjuSw ... See more
What's that weed? Here's a free app for Iphone and Android that will help. Hope these links work! Iphone: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/environmental-weeds-sydney/id914766739 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quolldesigns.sydneyweeds&hl=en_GB ... See more
Ingleside Precinct Place Strategy. Notifications now extended, close July 23. This is run by the Department of Planning, not NB Council. Have your say here: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/ingleside, and through NBC website. We are concerned about wildlife and biodiversity. Take a stroll along Waratah Rd Ingleside. This government owned bush is proposed to be cleared for housing. We will be objecting to this. Heath-leafed Banksia, Banksia ericifolia, on that site. ... See more
Wow! A great morning planting on Mona Vale Dunes. About 600 plants in and watered and protected from rabbits with wire and bags. Thanks so much everyone and our supervisors Toya from ABR and Adam from NBC. We're creating better habitat for wildlife as native plants host more insects than weeds. Nearby Fairy Wrens kept an eye on us and a calling Whitebrowed Scrub Wren stayed hidden. Millie found a baby bluetongue and we also found this big skink, yet to be identified. (later: A Red-throated Skink according to Jayden Walsh). They were safely tucked back under nearby bushes. We will need to water again within a couple of weeks. ... See more
This Thursday June 17 between 9 and 12, come and see our project on Mona Vale Dunes and plant some trees and shrubs. BYO gloves, wear long pants and enclosed shoes. Tools, plants and good company provided. Coast Banksia - one of the native plants of the dunes. Where: Go to far end of Golf Avenue, walk south along the concrete path and you'll find us near the golf ball shelter. ... See more
Swamp Mahogany, Eucalyptus robusta, on edge of Barrenjoey Rd near Mona Vale bus stop. This winter flowering tree is usually full of very appreciative birds - Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets and other honeyeaters. It tolerates wet soil but grows very well in drier places. ... See more
Our Avalon Golf Course bush regeneration $10000 grant from the Commonwealth Communities Environment program is spent. Contractors to NBC are continuing. However, the major weeds are still there and in surrounding gardens. The attached information could help you identify these weeds and control them so they dont spread - mostly by birds, in the case of berries. ... See more
Mona Vale Dunes. We'll be planting trees and shrubs on Mona Vale dunes on Thursday June 17, 9-12, to complete our $12250 grant project there. The Federal Government Communities Environment program has funded clearing of very dense weeds, and now it's time to have fun planting. Meet at the end of Golf Ave and walk south to the golf ball shelter. Any time you can spare will be wonderful. Tools and Morning Tea provided. Coast Banksias, Teatree, Correa, Myoporum and Dianella are some we will plant. ... See more
Northern Beaches Council now has a local weeds priority plan. Look at Table 1 to see which local weeds are prioritised. PNHA is in ongoing discussions with staff about bushland and biodiversity management in the Pittwater area and about this plan which we hope will be developed with illustrations and control techniques on the NBC website. Our cover photo Cassia, also called Senna, is on the priority list. https://files.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/general-information/weeds/northernbeachescouncillocalpriorityweedmanagementplan.PDF ... See more
We are sharing this message from the Protect Pittwater group for your interest. Dear Pittwater Resident - May 12 is the fifth anniversary of the amalgamation of Pittwater Council into the Northern Beaches Local Government Area. This was carried out against the wishes of 89 per cent of residents, as was shown in a council survey shortly before the merger. To mark the occasion, we invite you to join Protect Pittwater at a rally at Narrabeen lagoon to launch our new petition calling for the de-amalgamation of Pittwater from Northern Beaches Council. Date: May 12, 2021 Time: 7am - 9am Where: Northern end of the Narrabeen bridge, Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen What to bring: We’ll have banners to share but you might like to make your own. Many of us in Pittwater were appalled by the 2016 amalgamation, in which our local council of nine was replaced by a Northern Beaches-wide body of 15. Our three Pittwater councillors on this new mega council can be outvoted on any issue affecting the Peninsula. As a result, community members set up Protect Pittwater in 2017 with the aim of securing a demerger either through legal action or by creating a Proposal – or petition - under the Local Government Act. Legal advice indicated that the proclamation of the new council made it unlikely court action would succeed and a first petition submitted to the state government in 2018 was knocked back on the grounds that it did not have enough signatures. However, we believe increasing numbers of residents are becoming disillusioned with the NBC and we are determined to continue the fight - even though it means we have to start a new petition. The government now says that we will need 10 per cent of the electors from across the Northern Beaches to sign – meaning close to 18,500 signatures. If you support the call to demerge and re-establish our own local government in Pittwater, please sign our petition. Copies will be available at the rally and you’ll be able to find it to print out from May 12 on Facebook – in the Protect Pittwater group or on the Splittwater page. We will let everyone know at the launch and on facebook where to return petitions – and where else they can sign them. Best regards, Miranda Korzy Protect Pittwater Association firstname.lastname@example.org Why demerge Pittwater? • Undemocratic dismissal of Pittwater Council against the wishes of 89 per cent of Pittwater residents o as shown in a survey by the former council • Amalgamation and creation of Northern Beaches Council without a vote by the community o and separation of Pittwater residents into different wards • Lack of self-determination for Pittwater residents o only three out of 15 councillors come from Pittwater, and they can be outvoted on any decision affecting our ward • NBC in top 10 worst performing councils o LSI Consulting, October 2020, states NBC’s accumulated losses were more than $103m since the merger. An analysis by Save Our Councils Coalition found a shortfall of $7.4m on the government’s proposed Operating Results before capital grants for 2018-19. This was even before Covid • Pittwater business rate rises expected of around 24 per cent • Partial responsibility for Manly car park debt and building Collaroy seawall • Pittwater budget approach different to NBC’s o we borrowed money under low interest rates to invest in community facilities to be paid off over time • Unnecessary spending o eg council logo, garbage bins, too much cement • Lack of spending on essential maintenance o eg potholes in roads, uneven footpaths • Loss of environmental focus at local level which was at the core of Pittwater Council: o eg concrete being laid in parks and sensitive environmental zones; loss of trees; weed infestation in suburban streets, parks and bushland reserves • Lack of planning for sea level rise • Council-wide planning for Local Strategic Planning Statement and Local Environment Plan rather than ward by ward to highlight special features of each area o as Pittwater MP and Planning Minister Rob Stokes had indicated would be possible • Council area and population too large o councillors making decisions about sites and issues in wards they aren’t familiar with; too big to represent discrete communities with vast differences in needs for housing, transport, environment, community facilities and culture from end to end • Dysfunctional council o 2021 extraordinary meeting walkout; disrespectful behaviour in meetings and on social media • Lack of transparency o too many decisions made behind closed doors and infrequent meetings; staff making decisions and publishing them before council voting occurs • Enormous agendas for council meetings o often totalling 2,000 pages including appendices – impossible for most councillors, especially those with fulltime jobs, to read in allotted timeframe • Long meetings, late at night, voting by exception and in political blocks likely to contribute to poor decision making • Distance to council meetings at Dee Why • Parking fiasco o demerger promise of one parking sticker but Manly and Palm Beach have new restrictions anyway • Lack of support from NBC on state issues relevant to Pittwater o eg retaining Mona Vale Hospital; push back on state government housing targets; transport • COVID lockdown revealed community cohesion and cooperation in Pittwater - not the “Northern Northern Beaches”! • ... 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Pittwater Nature #5 is now on our website: http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2021/04/Issue-5-Pittwater-Nature.pdf What's inside: Trad (Wandering Jew) biocontrol smut is becoming established in Trad in Ingleside Chase Reserve, where it was released last October. Gary rears a Common Crow butterfly from an egg, Lynleigh Greig tells us what happens to native animals taken into care, young Powerful Owl in Katandra Reserve, the secret to Bill Nicholson's longevity, Plateau Park and the Cryptostylis orchid wasp, and lots more. Let us know what you think about Pittwater Nature. ... See more
Cassia, aka Senna pendula var glabrata. The flower is gorgeous but this is a weed from Brazil. It spreads from seeds in long pods and by suckering. We can enjoy the flowers, but please prune later to stop pods growing and prevent it spreading. ... See more
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 more
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 more
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. https://youtu.be/tSum9gILqz8 https://youtu.be/tSum9gILqz8 ... See more
Wires on Mona Vale trees: going, going, GONE!!
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 more
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 ... See more
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.
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.
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 email@example.com to say you want these trees properly cared for. ... See more
Another episode "Starry Starry Night" is just up on Wendy Frew's The Coast series. Humans light up the earth. Does this matter? The Barrenjoey urban dark sky park proposal is supported by PNHA. This and earlier episodes are here: https://www.mixcloud.com/TheCoastRNB/?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_update&utm_content=html ... See more
Captive trees. These Angophoras are in Village Park Mona Vale, near Pittwater Rd. We've asked NBCouncil to release them from the palings and wires so they can shed their bark and grow normally. Please keep an eye on them to check this is done. ... See more
Assassin Bug adult. This one has wings. They are sneaky pest controllers at work in your garden.
An Assassin Bug stalks other insects, stabbing them with its piercing mouthparts. That weapon is tucked back under the small narrow head. This one is a juvenile and will develop wings as an adult. All true bugs feed by sucking, but most are sap suckers, such cicadas and bronze orange bugs. ... See more
Avalon Golf Course needs bushcarers.
Wendy Frew, PNHA member, is producing a series of fantastic interviews on the topic of The Coast. They are broadcast on Radio Northern Beaches on Fridays, but you can hear them all by clicking here: https://www.mixcloud.com/TheCoastRNB/?utm_campaign=weekly_update&utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_content=html ... See more
If you are in Sydney and have, or know of, a large dead tree - Birdlife Australia needs your help. Dead trees are a hot commodity for biodiversity, but are often viewed as an inconvenience, if not a liability by us. Fallen trees can be nurseries for new trees, and provide important habitat for a suite of mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and fungi that break down nutrients turning trees back into soil. As standing stags, dead trees form essential habitat a wide variety of vertebrates and invertebrates - and provide them with a range of important resources. Read more: https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/content/article/Wanted-Sydneys-precious-woody-elders ... See more
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: https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/content/article/Autumn-survey-time ... See more
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 more
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. ... See more
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. ... See more
Brush Turkeys: How to live with these not always welcome visitors.
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, 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. ... See more
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. ... See more
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.pdf
Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta), emerging in Avalon this week in early December.
PNHA Activities are over for 2020. Need a bush adventure? Upcoming activities for Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Sun 6 December 7.30 am Walk & Weed on track from Deep Creek to Bahai temple in Garigal NP. After 1 hr walk we will attack small leaved privet ( Ligustrum sinense). Bring gloves and if available long handled screwdriver. Allow 5hrs. Walk grade medium. Bookings essential. Conny 0432643295 Sun 27 December 7.30 am Walk & Weed along 5 Mile Creek track in Garigal NP. Short 15min walk to exotic grass and lantana infestation site. Weed for 2 hrs on rockshelf surrounded by beautiful bush. Bring gloves and long handled screwdriver if available. Walk easy-medium. Finish 10.30am Bookings essential. Conny 0432643295 Sun 21 February 2021 7.30 am Walk & Weed along the Narrabeen Lagoon catchment transverse walk. Start at Oxford Falls walk for 3 1/2 hours, weed for 30min, continue 30min walk and car pool back to start. Bring gloves and long handled screwdriver if available. Walk grade: medium. Bookings essential. Conny 0432643295 https://www.narrabeenlagoon.org.au/ ... See more
That Textured Emerald Moth again. November 27 2020 and October 7 2017.
The Textured Emerald Moth Hypodoxa muscosaria, expert in camouflage. Its earlier life is as a Green Looper caterpillar. This one in an Avalon garden. The moths are on the wing from November through to April in both rural and suburban situations, and they often come to nocturnal lights. The lovely colours turn to brown in dead moths. More info: http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/geom/muscosaria.html ... See more
Have a look at our Mona Vale Dunes bush regeneration site progress, in before and after photos. Work began early this year. Dense bitou bush, green cestrum, lantana and asparagus completely covered this area. A few desperate native plants have been revealed. Bush regen contractors are working here funded by a grant to PNHA from the Federal Government's communities environment program. We will be planting tubestock here in autumn 2021. The site is now becoming visible from the pathway between Golf Ave and south Mona Vale headland. ... See more
Roundup herbicide contains the active ingredient glyphosate. What do we need to know about its safety? Though we'd love to do without herbicides, it's very valuable to bush regenerators. Alternatives suggested can be more dangerous or ineffective. Read Tim Low's article here: https://invasives.org.au/publications/glyphosate-a-chemical-to-understand/ ... See more
The Spotted Pardalote's sweet little call high in the eucalypt canopy is rare in Pittwater now, unless you are near a bushland reserve. Loss of canopy trees and places safe from cats to build nesting tunnels are reasons, plus the attacks of Noisy Miners and other bully birds. Can you plant a local Eucalypt to bring back our canopy and lock up your cat? ... See more
Dwarf Apple buds, Angophora hispida. This heathland shrub is a stunner in early summer, very popular with insects, particularly beetles. Chiltern Track at Ingleside is a place to go for a close up view of this lovely plant in a week or two. The red hairs probably protect the developing flowers, as Angophoras, unlike Eucalypts, don't have a little cap over the stamens of the flowers. ... See more
What pollinators are on your flowers? Hoverflies? Bees native and introduced? Wasps? Beetles? https://www.australianpollinatorweek.org.au/?fbclid=IwAR15bBgc3c1lpcY4GuAveu_d6II_gNryMeZMP-FjAZpJypeHN_xhP91vaqk ... See more
We like the idea of being able to enjoy the night sky. Can you support this proposal for a night sky park at Palm Beach? https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/council/news/preserving-our-view-night-sky?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Community%20EDM%20-%20Friday%206%20November&utm_content=Community%20EDM%20-%20Friday%206%20November+CID_7b34655a9bc5e0ee86e24eadd66243f5&utm_source=campaignmonitor&utm_term=Learn%20more ... See more
What do you know about backyard birds? Here's a webinar to help. https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/backyard-birds-discussion?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Cooee%20Nov%20-%20Dec%202020&utm_content=Cooee%20Nov%20-%20Dec%202020+CID_9d3030d734b6fccdf58e53331e202431&utm_source=campaignmonitor&utm_term=Watch ... See more
Abstract art, by Nature, the world's greatest artist. Spotted Gum bark on a wet morning.
Trad, that dreaded weed, may be about to meet its match in the Pittwater area and hopefully everywhere. PNHA has been tracking the progress of a biocontrol agent, a leaf fungus, trialled by the CSIRO. Last week we received a box of infected Trad and planted it at three sites on October 28 so it could infect healthy Trad. Watch for Trad going yellow: 1 on the right of the first boardwalk towards Irrawong Waterfall, 2, in part of McCarrs Creek Reserve, 3, Bangalley Head Reserve near . Whale Beach Rd. Photos: 1. Marita Macrae, Julie Bennett, David Palmer and Edna Blanchard with the infected Trad. 2. Planting the stems beside the boardwalk. NO, IT'S NOT ANOTHER CANE TOAD. More info: https://blog.csiro.au/smut-to-the-rescue/ ... See more
Frog ID week starts November 6. Get the Frog ID app on your phone or IPad to record a call and help Australian Museum frog experts map our frog species. Image: Southern Barred Frog (Mixophyes balbus) by Jodi Rowley. Thanks to your FrogID submissions from all across Australia, the FrogID team have produced seven scientific papers so far. This month, FrogID research revealed that Australian frogs indeed have accents, and their accents change across the country, and even over time. We also used FrogID data to take a closer look at just how much frogs restrict their calling to night-time, and found that most Australian frogs actually call during the day, some at surprisingly high rates! All the research produced by the FrogID project is a reminder of how your records are providing information about frogs on scales never before possible. Last month, we revealed how your FrogID records are providing an early understanding of frogs persisting after the Black Summer bushfires, but this picture is not yet complete. Your continued use of FrogID is very important this year, more than ever. Whether you’re at a nearby creek, pond, nature reserve, or your own backyard – every recording of a frog call contributes to our research. So far, FrogID has identified more than 250,000 frog calls and identified 199 of the known 242 Australian frog species. During FrogID Week last year, over 5,000 frog records from 71 species were counted! The best way to stay up to date with this year’s FrogID Week information, stats, and exciting discoveries, is by following us on social media. If you're planning any FrogID Week activities in your community and would like help seeking local media opportunities, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org With La Niña underway and the likelihood of above average rainfall across much of Australia, we hope more frogs will be breeding and calling this year. Head outside each day of FrogID Week and help us find calling frogs – together, we can build our understanding and better protect our frog species. Safe frogging, everyone! ... See more
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 more
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.
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: email@example.com. ... See more
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 ... See more
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 ... See more
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 more
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 more
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: 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 it's only about 3 days old? and lots more. ... See more
Katandra Bushland Sanctuary on Lane Cove Rd Ingleside is now open every Sunday until October 25, 10am-4pm. Visitors to this lovely bushland have recently seen Powerful and Boobook Owls, Swamp Wallabies and Lyrebirds. Visitors, please make a small donation towards management of this Crown Land reserve. More details: http://www.katandra.org/home.htm Photos: David Seymour ... See more
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 email@example.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! ... See more
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 more
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 more
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: http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2020/05/PNHA-NL-84.pdf ... See more
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 https://www.ozanimals.com/australian-bird-index.html ... See more
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 more
Flowering in both autumn and spring, Sunshine Wattle, Acacia terminalis, is so cheerful.
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 more
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
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 more
Swamp Mahoganies, Eucalyptus robusta, are in bloom now, to the great delight of honeyeaters such as Scarlet Honeyeater, Rainbow and Scaly-Breasted Lorikeets (this one on a Queensland Firewheel tree in Mona Vale in 2017) and other birds that come for the nectar and pollen as well as the insects the flowers attract. These trees don't stick to swamps but also grow well in deep well drained soil. ... See more
Some local birds....
A review of the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) is coming up. Our natural environment needs better protection. How can you contribute to the review by April 17? Guidance from the Environmental Defenders Office here:https://www.edo.org.au/the-epbc-act-review-2020/?utm_source=Insight&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Insight3April2020_Sepik_landclearing ... See more
Social Distancing - how to gauge distance without a tape measure. Think Brown Striped Marsh Frog instead of Spotted Marsh frog, as this poster comes from Victoria.
Powerful Owls need hollows in big old trees for nesting. These are in short supply. Nestboxes have so far not provided good subsitute homes. What's wrong? Have a look at this article in The Conversation. Learn how 3D printing and detailed research into exactly what's needed can produce the Owls' Home Beautiful. http://theconversation.com/urban-owls-are-losing-their-homes-so-were-3d-printing-them-new-ones-133626 ... See more
The Tiger moth lava - see adults in our cover photo- eats various plants and is far less conspicuous than the adult moth. In our cover photo the male moth is on the left. The female's abdomen is fatter - full of eggs. ... See more
This Tiger moth Amata annulata flies during the day. Its bright colours are an example of aposematism, (from Ancient Greek: apo away, sema sign), the advertising by an animal to potential predators that it is not worth attacking or eating. It probably tastes awful or is poisonous. Many other animals - insects, frogs, reptiles are protected in this way. It’s perhaps an alternative to camouflage for protection. But that's not all. Colour is not much use at night, so this moth can emit ultrasonic clicks to warn off bat predators it at night. See: https://www.academia.edu/25939187/When_the_flashing_lights_dont_work_use_the_siren_Auditory_warning_for_bats_incidence_of_ultrasonic_aposematic_behaviour_by_Australian_Tiger_moth_Amata_sp ... See more
NO! You haven't missed out on our FREE guided bird and plant walks to Irrawong Waterfall on Friday February 21 and Sunday February 23. For some reason Eventbrite is saying the "sales" have closed. NOT SO. contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like information and want to come. A bird we might see is Variegated Wren, this image by Philip Hitschmann. Almost certain to see a Grey Fantail, image by Rod Warnock. ... See more
Bird and plant walks to Irrawong waterfall still open for booking. Friday February 21 & Sunday 23. Don’t believe Eventbrite saying sales are closed. Email email@example.com to book.
Fungi on Mona Vale Dunes mulch. The Instagram version doesn't show the whole picture. One big fawn one about 10cm across and another tiny grey one on a long stalk like an fairy's umbrella. Spore print (3rd photo ) will help an expert give us an Identification. Fungi are a form of life separate from all others. Hugely important, highly variable, mostly invisible, yet everywhere. ... See more
Monday February 17 is our next bushcare morning 8.30-11.30am, at the Bahai Temple on Mona Vale Rd Ingleside, where we are saving Grevillea caleyi. Interesting easy work, great company and morning tea!. We'll be checking Waratah pods for seeds, maybe from this one that flowered last spring. Meet on site at the picnic shelter at 8.30 am. New volunteers welcome, training will be provided. Wear long trousers, a long sleeved shirt and boots or closed in shoes.The session will be cancelled in the event of rain. For more information contact David Palmer on 0404171940. Image: Petra Holland ... See more
The Garden Orb Spider can be in your face! Just think though - that healthy spider means it has eaten a lot of insects, maybe stopping a plague of some. Spiders are a sign that there is a good population of insects around. What's the use of insects? Well, pollination, food for birds, food for other insects, food for frogs and reptiles such as skinks - part of a healthy ecosystem. ... See more
This Fence Skink is not looking up at the camera, but across to it from its climb along a vertical wall, tiny claws gripping the rough surface. A common urban lizard. https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/reptiles/fence-skink/ ... See more
Celebrating the wonderful rain is this Red Triangle native slug in Avalon. it feeds on microscopic algae on smooth bark eucalypts, and algae on other smooth surfaces, leaving a narrow wiggly track. Usually about 5 cm long. Here’s the correct link for more info: https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/animals/molluscs/red-triangle-slug/ ... See more
Spiders - do they upset you? Here's why we should love them: http://theconversation.com/dont-like-spiders-here-are-10-reasons-to-change-your-mind-126433
A cicada on a Sydney Red Gum in Elanora - our new cover photo. What could be more Pittwater in Summer than that? Sorry, no sound effects as well.
PNHA Activities for 2020 on Fridays and Sundays.Free guided Irrawong Waterfall Track bird and plant walk on Sunday February 23. Book through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/irrawong-waterfall-track-walk-tickets-88610443221?aff=ebdssbdestsearch ... See more
Rough-barked apple Angophora floribunda is our cover photo. There are some beauties in Mona Vale Village Park, near Pittwater Rd. If you're lucky you may still be in time to see these magnificent trees flowering. There are smaller ones on the Park St side as well. ... See more
On behalf of Avalon Preservation Association we have just received a very welcome grant of $10 000 for bush regeneration in the bushland of Avalon Golf Course.Over 120 native species, including some unusual ones in the Pittwater area, grow on this land. The project will be managed in partnership with Northern Beaches Council; work will probably start in early February. The grant comes from the Communities Environment Program, through the Federal Electorates. Flannel Flowers and the shrub Jacksonia scoparia, or Dogwood (from its strong odour when burning, not tested by us!!) ... See more
Our latest PNHA Newsletter No 82 is now on line for your enjoyment. NSW Christmas Bush lets us know the time of year! Merry Christmas everyone and all the best for 2020. http://pnha.org.au/whatsinside/uploads/2019/12/PNHA-NL-82.pdf ... See more
PNHA has received a grant of $12 215 for bush regeneration on Mona Vale Dunes. This comes from the Federal electorates Communities Environment Program and will pay for contract bush regenerators to tackle more of the awful weeds on the dunes. Work will begin in February 2020. Northern Beaches Council will provide about 800 native plants to speed revegetation of the very degraded site. The grant is very welcome to the volunteers of the Mona Vale Bushcare group who have been planting and weeding on the dunes near the end of Golf Ave since 2005 and seen huge improvements.Yellow area on photo shows where first work will begin. The volunteers have been working north of this area toward Golf Ave. ... See more
More about Rough-barked Apple, Angophora floribunda, our cover photo. Photo on left: buds have sepals covering the stamens inside the flower. Photo on right: Scribbly Bark, Eucalyptus haemastoma, has a cap or operculum protecting the unopened flower. It pops off as the stamens unfold. The name Eucalyptus is from the Greek meaning well hidden, referring to the flower being hidden by this cap. Scribbly Gum is also flowering now in December. ... See more
Rough-barked Apple, Angophora floribunda, this one near Whale Beach Rd Avalon, flowering in December. Its flowers grow in clusters on the tips of the branchlets, and are very attractive to insects. The dozens of stamens on each flower provide pollen. How many thousands of stamens would be in this photo alone? ... See more
Blueberry Ash Elaeocarpus reticulatus flowers every November. The local Sydney colour is white but a pink version is routine on the NSW south coast and can be obtained from nurseries. The enamel blue berries are favourites of Currawongs, despite there being little edible flesh between the blue skin and the large seed, so it forms a major component of their castings. ... See more
What have you got on next Monday morning? How about: Saving Grevillea caleyi with PNHA's Baha'i Bushcare. Join us for the final morning of bush regeneration for 2019 at the Baha'i Temple on Monday, November 25, starting at 8.30 am. We'll be planting some tubestock as well as our usual weeding.Please meet in the Picnic Shelter on site. New volunteers welcome - training will be provided. Wear long trousers, a long sleeved shirt and boots or closed in shoes. The session will be cancelled in the event of rain.(if only!) For more information contact David Palmer on 0404 171940. ... See more
PNHA Christmas Cards with local trees, flowers, insects, birds, scenery - write your own message. $2.00 each. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to select from our big range. A few images here:
At Avalon Market Day chatting to lots of people about our lovely environment and how to keep it that way.
Bees polinating lemon flowers. The tiny black ones are natives probably the stingless bee Tetragonula carbonaria, next to a Honeybee.
We'll be at Avalon Market Day on Sunday November 17, in Dunbar Park Avalon. Find out what we've been up to. Our display of weeds and weed information is unique to PNHA - we're there to help you! Our range of $2.00 cards with flora, fauna and local scenery is bigger than ever, great for Christmas. Photos from last year below - weed chat, and cards. ... See more
It's no accident that Mona Vale and Warriewood are backed by the escarpment's bushland of Ingleside Chase Reserve. PNHA had a major role in ensuring that two large privately owned areas were not subdivided and developed. Read how this was done: http://www.pittwateronlinenews.com/history.php Image:South arm Mullet Creek, now part of the Reserve. ... See more
Littoral Rainforest Saved at 62 Hillside Rd Newport. Join us this Sunday September 29 9 - 11.30am to celebrate saving this land from development. We'll drink a toast to the land at 9am, then if you wish you can join the brand new bushcare group to make a start on the weeds. If you plan to do this, please wear long pants and sleeves and sturdy shoes, BYO gloves. Tools, plant identification and morning tea provided by Northern Beaches Council. Parking will be difficult, so please park down the road and walk up. Carsharing a good idea. Our cover picture above is a treefern on this land. Watch out for Grey Fantail (Rod Warnock), a relative of the Willie Wagtail, hunting flying insects, and Superb Wren (Neil Fifer) chasing insects in the undergrowth. ... See more
GREAT NEWS! Newport Littoral Rainforest saved! Puchased by Department of Planning and NB Council: Friday August 23 Media Release: LITTORAL RAINFOREST SECURED AS PUBLIC OPEN SPACE More than 10,000 square metres of Littoral rainforest near Newport will be preserved as public open space thanks to a $4.6 million joint investment by the NSW Government and Northern Beaches Council. Member for Pittwater and Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the acquisition will ensure the pristine ecological area is preserved for the next generation. “Our government is committed to ensuring the people of NSW have access to great public open space,” Mr Stokes said. “Protecting the environment is a huge priority for the Northern Beaches community,so I am delighted we have been able to preserve endangered rainforest, while protecting an important wildlife corridor and increasing green space in the Sydney basin.” Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the purchase was a huge win for the local community. “Despite its high environmental value, this land on Hillside Road had been slated for sub-division and significant development, so it’s great we’ve been able to partner with the State government to save it and bring it into public hands,” Mayor Regan said. “I’d like to thank the many community groups and individuals who fought to have this critical land saved and ensure this incredible outcome became a reality.” The purchase, co-funded with Northern Beaches Council through the Greater Sydney Open Space Program, demonstrates the NSW Government’s priority to secure and improve green space across the State. The site will now be transferred to Northern Beaches Council for ongoing care ... See more
Celebrating the saving of Littoral Rainforest in Newport, this our cover photo Treefern is one of many on this land, adjacent to Attunga Reserve. The land is saved from development and desturction by its purchase by Dept of Planning and Northern Beaches Council, announced Friday August 23. ... See more
Tick plague? bush tucker? Nope-Wattle tick scale on Acacia longifolia at Mona Vale dunes. Bushcare is about a lot more than weeds. #scaleinsects #invertebrates #monavaledunes
Kunzea capitata, Bossiaea scolopendria (like a centipede) and Boronia ledifolia. You guessed it! On the Chiltern Track
Some are native Iris (Pattersonia)days- you have to be lucky! On the Chiltern Track again
Centipede Tracks in this shallow puddle?
Our new cover photo; sunlit pods of Sunshine Wattle, Acacia terminalis, on our favorite Chiltern Track, Ingleside in Ku-ring-gai NP
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Prickly Moses Wattle on the Chiltern Track. We just love the sandstone heathy understorey.
Pods of Acacia terminalis Sunshine Wattle on our favorite Chiltern Track Ingleside. Backlit in the morning.
On Chiltern Track Ingleside amazed to see Honeybees buzzing around flowers on male Allocasuarina distyla., a first for us, and interesting because there’s only pollen on these flowers which flies on the wind to pollinate female flowers on separate bushes. ... See more
National Tree Day is next Sunday July 28. You can plant trees 10am-2pm in Toongari Reserve Avalon. A great chance for children to help our natural environment. Wear enclosed shoes, and BYO gloves is a good idea.This out-of -the -way reserve is reached by easy walking tracks. See attached flyer for more details. ... See more
Sweet-scented Wattle, the earliest flowering wattle, anticipating spring even before winter has set in. Acacia suaveolens on the Chiltern Track in Ku-Ring-Gai NP, Ingleside.
Glistening death traps. Insects beware! Sundew, Drosera spatulata along Chiltern Track Ingleside. #carnivorousplant #beautiful
So many birds, and swamp wallabies, in Warriewood Wetland on our guided bird walk this morning. Thanks to Kerry our bird guide.
Here we are saving Grevillea caleyi at Baha’i Temple Ingleside this morning. Special welcome to Fabrizio from Argentina, staying at Pittwater YHA. #savingourspecies #grevilleacaleyi
Pink Spider Flower Grevillea sericea, welcoming early spring on the Chiltern Track Ingleside. Strangely, it's a close relative of Waratahs and Banksias. As with them, what you see in one "flower" is actually quite a few, maybe hundreds. Attractive to birds, their pollinators. ... See more
Next Saturday May 25 is the final Field Day for our project: Restoring Sydney Freshwater Wetlands, near Careel Bay. Come and help the Careel Creek Bushcare group, plant a tree and see what we've been doing. Where: meet on Barrenjoey Rd opposite Crane Lodge Place, North Avalon. When:8.30- 11.30am Wear: Enclosed shoes, long pants. Bring gardening gloves. Morning Tea, tools and good company provided. The wetland area was overrun with weeds, but extensive planting of native plants has transformed it. Come and see! A grant to PNHA from Greater Sydney Local Land Services funded some of this project, in partnership with Northern Beaches Council. Photos: 1. The worst weeds have been cleared by bush regeneration contractors.2. Tubestock planted and protected against rabbits. For more information : email@example.com ... See more
DATE WAS WRONG - not in June. Saving endangered Grevillea caleyi on the Bahai Temple land at Ingleside is on again, Monday May 27 8.30 - 12. Wear enclosed footwear, long pants and long sleeves. Tools and morning tea provided. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org ... See more
Young Katydid doesn’t yet have wings so it stays munching rose leaves and sadly rosebuds sometimes so beautiful but shoo it away... wonderful invertebrate! #insects #extinction
Swamp Mahogany, Eucalyptus robusta, is a winter-flowering tree offering nectar and pollen to birds and fruit bats at a time of year when this food is scarce. Lots of these trees in Warriewood Wetland and Ingleside Chase along Mullet Creek, but it also grows well in drier places. This one is outside Officeworks at Mona Vale. It was a favourite Koala food tree around Avalon in the past. ... See more
This Diamond Python at Ingleside was looking for a way to get up into winter quarters in the ceiling cavity. Eventually it found a way up a tree next to the house and into the gutter. It then moved along the gutter until it found a gap between the corrugated iron roofing and the fascia board and slithered in. Sleep tight, python ... See more
Young Pale Brown Hawk Moth caterpillar, as green as its Native Grape food plant for the first weeks of its life. The eye spots are behind the head on the left side. They enlarge when the caterpillar is disturbed. Size and colour comparison - very young and mature caterpillar. The nocturnal moth is very fast flying, a pollinator if flowers with a long tongue. ... See more
Eastern Water Dragon enjoying the view, watching for prey from a good vantage point, above Palm Beach.
Caterpillar of the Pale Brown Hawk Moth, Theretra latreillii. This one is fully grown, about 6cm long, feeding on Native Grape. The head is on the right side, the white streak is a closed "eye" spot: the spike at the rear end perhaps is part of its camouflage. See next post to see how this caterpillar changes as it grows. See more: http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/sphi/latreillii.html ... See more
I’m watching you! (Luckily I’m too big to eat). This female Preying Mantis is ready to lay eggs having eaten lots of prey insects etc -alive. A great garden ally. #insects #wildlife #gardening #biodiversity ... See more
A Netcasting Spider, seen from the back. This spider's hunting method is to wait patiently with a rectangular web held between its first two pairs of legs. It has excellent vision. When prey comes near, it is captured in the web as the spider leaps. This one in North Avalon is in a Lomandra plant. They like to lurk plants with strappy leaves, including Cymbidium orchids. Colour can vary, be grey or rufous. Spiders are always ready to escape, so net building spiders wait head down, able to drop to safety with a thread from the spinnerets in the abdomen. ... See more
Cleanup Australia Day. Careel Bay mangroves and saltmarsh now looking better thanks to our clean up site with 10 helpers at end of William St Avalon. Gillian May with her prize find. For some a first visit to this lovely area of Pittwater. ... See more
Not the latest gourmet dish but 8 Leopard Slugs that succumbed to Corona beer. An introduced slug that eats garden plants. Death by beer is a safe one, no risk to other creatures eating commercial slug and snail bait.# insects #gardening # ... See more
Careel Bay mangrove forest at high tide, rich habitat for fish, crabs and many other invertebrates, and the tiny Mangrove Warbler bird. Grey Mangroves, Avicennia marina, breathe through special roots at low tide, tolerate salt and secrete it on their leaves. ... See more
Grevillea caleyi is so rare that every seed is special. Here Royal Botanical Gardens staff enclose seed pods in a gauze bag so seeds can be saved. Forgot to say we just work 8.30 - 12 . Hope you can help at The Baha’i site February 11. We have funding for several more years of work by bush regen contractors, from the Saving our Species program, and our volunteering is part of the deal. ... See more
Amazing nature!! Cicadas can be heard buzzing this summer and this one was found emerging from its shell. It was hardening its wings this morning, and a rare sight to see both the cicada and its skin. It took off on its travels around 8am to continue on its life’s journey which started underground from anywhere between 9mth - 7years, depending on the species! . . #cicada #insects #backyard #backyardwildlife #nature #pittwater #closeup #cicadoidea #avalon #bushcare #pnha #funfacts #macro #bugs #australia ... See more
Helium Balloons The film, Rubber Jellyfish, is a delightful and engaging documentary which explores the adverse effect of one of our favourite party products, the helium balloon, on the environment, its potentially deadly effect on human beings, and its heartbreaking impact on sea turtles. The event will include an introductory speech and Q&A by marine animal activist, educator and plastic warrior Malin Frick of Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew. Date: Wednesday 20 February 2019 Time: 6:30 PM Where: Hoyts Warringah Mall To reserve tickets please visit: https://tickets.demand.film/event/6708qLvdnQla Demand Film screenings require that a minimum number of tickets be reserved within 5 days of the event in order for the screening to occur, so please encourage interested people to book early. Trailer: https://rubberjellyfishmovie.com/watch/ If you wish to share the event it may be shared from the Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew Facebook page at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/338402106990309/. From this page you can also invite your own Facebook friends to the event. ... See more
Grevillea caleyi is a critically endangered species, a big rangy shrub which grows only in the area around Terrey Hills and part of Ingleside.
Did you miss out on free native plants at Avalon Markets?Not to worry. Mona Vale Markets is on Sunday 9 December. NB Council will be holding a FREE NATIVE PLANT GIVEAWAY. The stall will be located near the library and kids playground area next to Park Street. Sydney Red Gum Angophora costata is flowering extra well this year. Want one? ... See more
Congrats and thanks to hard working Northern Beaches Council staff who gave out a total of 1361 local native plant tubestock including 655 Trees and shrubs at Avalon Market Day. Plus great information about what to plant where, and how to plant so the plants survive. If you missed out and want to plant a native tree, contact the Council. ... See more
Patersonia Day at the Baha'i Temple November 19. We were up there this morning arranging another grant to fund saving the endangered Grevillea caleyi, and Native Iris (Patersonia sp) was in abundance. Each flower spike has several buds which open in sequence, and certain days seem to be just right for flowers to open. ... See more
If you missed buying your PNHA cards at Avalon Market Day, just contact us for some of our many blank cards with images of local plants, birds, insects and scenery. Christmas Bush and Christmas Bells make great cards for Christmas. We'll have cards at the NB Council Bushcare Christmas party on December 1 at the CEC too. Cards + envelope are $2.00 each. ... See more
At Avalon Market Day we chatted to lots of people who stopped at our attractive weed display. "I have that weed. What's it called and what can I do about it?" Nothing like a weed specimen and someone who can help answer questions about it. PNHA members can send us a weed photo so we can help identify it. ... See more
PNHA Newsletter 77 is now online through our website pnha.org.au Just go to the Newsletters tab. This Dainty Treefrog was featured by Jayden Walsh, our guest speaker at our recent AGM. He took this photo when he discovered some on a rainy night earlier this year. ... See more
close up of Snow in Summer
Snow in Summer is flowering now, November. This spectacular small native tree is Melaleuca lineariifolia in Warriewood Rd near turnoff to McDonalds. It's a tree that we could plant a lot more, in gardens and road reserves. It likes damp conditions, but is happy enough in drier spots. Melaleucas have a lot of feathery flowers, made up of bundles of stamens. Their Callistemon/Bottlebrush cousins have separate stamens. Their nectar feeds birds and insects. ... See more
Avalon Market Day November 18. We'll be back this year, in Dunbar Park. We'll have our usual surprisingly attractive weed display with weed experts on hand to help you with weed questions. Attractive, in that it attracts a lot of people who rush up recognising weeds they want to know how to get rid of. We're there to help! We'll have our latest cards with photos of local flora, fauna and scenery. A packet of these makes a good Christmas present. (Reminder: Christmas will be only six weeks away on November 18.) Eastern Yellow Robin on nest is one. Also information about local birds and animals. Northern Beaches Council's stall will have free local native plants. This is your chance to get a canopy tree to replace the many lost over recent years to development and old age. Can you help on our stall for a while? Half an hour or an hour would be wonderful. We'll be setting up early about 7am and gone by 4pm. If you can help, reply to our email: email@example.com ... See more
Coastal Headlands Planting Day Sunday November 4. Tree planting with a view of the ocean at Warriewood! Meet opposite shops above Warriewood Beach. Planting is 8.30-12.00 or whatever time you can spare. Wear long pants and enclosed shoes, bring binoculars in case whales come by. Morning Tea? Of course. A Grant to Northern Beaches Council from NSW Environment Trust is helping fund bush regeneration on four coastal headlands from North Narrabeen to North Mona Vale. Photos are of plants on coastal headlands. ... See more
Callistemon rigidus is our local coastal Bottlebrush out now. This is one planted near Careel Bay as part of our grant funded revegetation near the corner of Barrenjoey Rd and Etival St.
Wonderfull rain! We're taking advantage of the wet ground for a Community Planting Day on Saturday October 27. Remnant Sydney Freshwater Wetlands lie between the Avalon Soccer grounds and Barrenjoey Rd. We'll continue the planting from last month. We'll be there 8.30 - 11.30am, opposite Crane Lodge Place. Careel Creek bushcare volunteers work on the fourth Saturday morning of each month - but we need extra help this time! Probably gumboots (or other enclosed shoes) would be a good idea, as well as long pants and long sleeves. This project is funded by a grant to PNHA from Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Northern Beaches Council. Photos are of tubestock in nearby area, some already flowering: Restored bushland scene, Dianella caerulea, Goodenia ovata, Hardenbergia, Goodenia wanting our of its cover, Callistemon rigidus ( our latest cover photos) ... See more
We can't stop bringing back the bush! Thanks to all who helped with our final Careel Creek Vine Weeds project planting morning. This site is between Barrenjoey Rd and the dog park near Etival St. Contractors had sprayed - note dead grass. After planting and watering we put on grow bags to protect from rabbits. The soil was quite damp, so stand back and watch this space! ... See more
Spring flowers. Swamp Oak, Casuarina glauca, trees are either male or female. Noticed a few brown ones just now? It's not drought, but the millions of rusty flowers of the male trees. Some of the billions of wind-blown pollen grains land on the hairy red tiny female flowers, which later develop woody capsules containing winged seeds. Click on images to see which is which. Not a cause of hayfever. These are in Bilarong Reserve. ... See more
Swans feeding on Narrabeen Lagoon 12.9.18, in the little bay where a proposed aquatic walkway could damage their habitat. We are negotiating for a widened onshore track instead.
Community Planting Day Saturday September 15. Come and help plant local native tubestock and restore the degraded area adjacent to Barrenjoey Road and Careel Bay Dog Exercise area. Meet at corner of Etival St and Barrenjoey Rd Avalon, 8.30am -12. This is an activity in our Careel Creek Vine Weeds control project. Tools, gloves, equipment, morning tea and friendly locals supplied. Further information: please call the Bushland Management Officer on 9970 1363 or 0417 040 945 This project is supported by a Greater Sydney Local Land Services Grant through Pittwater Natural Heritage Association and Northern Beaches Council. ... See more
More good news is that Katandra Bushland Sanctuary is open again on Sundays in Spring, after the hazard reduction burn around the Yurt, just visible at top. We are taking photos to record the regeneration. Just need some rain to get this going........ ... See more
Rock Orchid now in bloom, as spring is near. It grows on rocks or sides of trees, so it tolerates this dry weather . It has had a name change from Dendrobium speciosum. For more details and meaning of its names see: https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2003/thelychiton-speciosum.html ... See more
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 ... See more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Jayden's frog images: Red Crowned Toadlet and Green Stream Frog. ... See more
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 more
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 more
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 ... See more
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. ... See more
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. ... See more
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 more
Spring is coming now the shortest day is past. The Paperbark tree Melaleuca quiquenervia has hundreds of flowers on each flower spike. Stamens occur in little bundles in Melaleucas, but in the closely related Bottlebrushes (Callistemons) the stamens are separate. The petals are reduced. Local Melaleucas include several smaller trees than this big one. They all like damp conditions but do well in drier sites too. Very popular with insects and birds. This particular tree is in Park St Mona Vale. ... See more
Stroll through the walkway between the end of Joseph and John St Avalon to see what we planted yesterday. This formerly weedy place will soon be natural vegetation again - estuary-edge native plants, with some shrubs on the higher ground. Thanks very much to our volunteers and to the neighbour for letting us use water to get the plants off to a good start. Karin NIppard NB Council Bushland Manager supervised the work for this grant funded event. This volunteer was really determined to get cigarette butts out of the creek. ... See more
Such lovely rain, the best for a year. Our new coverphoto is rain on Hakea sericifolia, Silky Hakea, prickly none the less. Lots of tiny white flowers in spring. A dense shrub good for honeyeaters and tiny birds escaping the bully birds. June is one of our wettest months. ... See more
Can you help? Planting Morning next Sunday June 24 for our Careel Creek Weedy Vines project, 9-12. Meet at the north end of John St on the walkway through to Joseph St, Avalon. Now the weeds have been cleared by contractors, it's time to plant tubestock native plants! Nobby tubers on Madeira Vine stems can grow when they fall to the ground. Beautiful Morning Glory smothers everything else - just two of the vines the contract bush regenerators have been tackling. ... See more
Come to a planting morning on June 24 along Careel Creek, Avalon. Children Welcome! When: Sunday June 24, 2018 9am – 11.30am Meet: End of John & Joseph Street Avalon, along pedestrian walkway between these streets Wear: Hat, enclosed shoes, long pants & long-sleeved top Bring: gloves if possible, water bottle Provided: tools, morning tea & good company The bush regeneration contractors have done most of the hard work. Now we can have fun planting! We've postponed this activity because of the hot dry weather, but now we're set to go. We do hope you can join us on this morning. The grant is for $24 000, from Greater Sydney Local Land Services paying for bush regeneration contract work and tubestock native plants. ... See more
Narrabeen Lagoon resident swans like this spot, near the memorial rocks. The proposed Aquatic Walkway would cut across this view. We are objecting to this on environmental, cost and governance grounds. You need to have your say by Sunday May 6. see: https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/narrabeenaquatic ... See more
Hooray!!! Cash for Containers at last. PNHA checked out this facility - hidden away between Jacksons Rd and Namona Rd Narrabeen, behind the Sports Centre. We couldn't see any helpful signage to it however. Pleased to see people steadily feeding in containers - the glass bin was full apparently. You get back a voucher for the value of the containers deposited, which you can take to Woolworths for a credit on your purchases, or redeem for cash, or donate to a charity. Pocket money for kids too! ... See more
What's this blob? It's about 1 cm across. Answer tomorrow - Friday April 27. GIVE UP? It's a Bird-dropping spider, aka Deaths Head spider,Celaenia excavata.It's waiting to ambush moths, its favourite food, and it can emit a mimic female moth pheromone to attract its male moth prey. Who would have thought this goes on in an Avalon backyard?? ... See more
Floating Landcare - do something that matters! Go to weedy but beautiful places accessible only by water. Some Pittwater folks go to Portuguese Beach on the western shores of Pittwater, others to Lion Island. Where else? See: https://youtu.be/qLJroeqgeco ... See more
If you can't see the Eastern Water Dragon very clearly, that's because it's so well camouflaged on sandstone with lichen. This one is in Beauty Drive, near Whale Beach.