Tongue Orchid

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Sydney Red Gum

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Common Tree Snake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Powerful Owl Family

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Beetle

Tyler’s Tree Frog – ©Jayden Walsh

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Sweet-scented Wattle

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Boronia

Yellow-faced Whipsnake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Pittwater Mist

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Fungi

Darwinia

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Eastern Water Dragon

Drosera spatulata

NSW Christmas Bush

Bush Stone Curlew

 

Latest News

Latest News

1 week ago

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, ... See more

1 week ago

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 ... See more

1 week ago

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 ... See more

1 week ago

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, ... See more

1 month ago

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 ... See more

1 month ago

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 ... See more

1 month ago

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 ... See more

1 month ago

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 ... See more

1 month ago

What about cats and wildlife? Pause/Paws for thought! Here's Wendy Frew's latest interview in her The Coast ... See more

1 month ago

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. ... See more

1 month ago

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 ... See more

1 month ago

Bottlebrush Time! This is our very own local coastal Callistemon rigidus. Stiff leaves, bold, angular growth.

1 month ago

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 ... See more

1 month ago

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 ... See more

2 months ago

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 ... See more

2 months ago

Male mozzies are not after your blood. Did you know you're serving as a pick-up joint for mozzie romance?

2 months ago

Information about the effects of light at night on wildlife:
https://www.australasiandarkskyalliance.org/environmental

2 months ago

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 ... See more

2 months ago

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 ... See more

2 months ago

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 ... See more

2 months ago

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 - ... See more

2 months ago

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 ... See more

3 months ago

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: ... See more

3 months ago

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 ... See more

3 months ago

Birdwatching in your Backyard - or nearby. Surveys you can do help with looking after our birds. Find out more: click: ... See more

3 months ago

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 ... See more

3 months ago

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 ... See more

4 months ago

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, ... See more

4 months ago

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 ... See more

4 months ago

A huge thanks to the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Care Unit. Good luck little Roly!

4 months ago

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 ... See more

4 months ago

Draft Ingleside Precinct Plan: A summary of PNHA views: ( Dont forget to put in your submission by JULY 23 through ... See more

4 months ago

Always a front runner in the Spring Stakes - Sweet Scented Wattle Acacia suaveolens, on Waratah Rd Ingleside.

5 months ago

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 ... See more

5 months ago

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 ... See more

5 months ago

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 ... See more

5 months ago

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: ... See more

5 months ago

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: ... See more

5 months ago

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 ... See more

5 months ago

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 ... See more

5 months ago

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 ... See more

6 months ago

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 ... See more

6 months ago

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 ... See more

6 months ago

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 ... See more

6 months ago

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 ... See more

7 months ago

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 ... See more

7 months ago

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 ... See more

7 months ago

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 ... See more

7 months ago

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 ... See more

7 months ago

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 ... See more

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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 ... See more

8 months ago

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. ... See more

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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 ... See more

8 months ago

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 ... See more

8 months ago

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. ... See more

8 months ago

Assassin Bug adult. This one has wings. They are sneaky pest controllers at work in your garden.

8 months ago

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. ... See more

8 months ago

Avalon Golf Course needs bushcarers.

9 months ago

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: ... See more

9 months ago

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 ... See more

9 months ago

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 ... See more

9 months ago

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 ... See more

9 months ago

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, ... See more

9 months ago

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 ... See more

10 months ago

Brush Turkeys: How to live with these not always welcome visitors.

11 months ago

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 ... See more

11 months ago

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 ... See more

11 months ago

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

12 months ago

Floury Baker (Aleeta curvicosta), emerging in Avalon this week in early December.

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

That Textured Emerald Moth again. November 27 2020 and October 7 2017.

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

What pollinators are on your flowers? Hoverflies? Bees native and introduced? Wasps? Beetles? ... See more

1 year ago

Abstract art, by Nature, the world's greatest artist. Spotted Gum bark on a wet morning.

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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, ... See more

1 year ago

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) , ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

Some local birds....

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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. ... See more

1 year ago

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 pnhainfo@gmail.com to book.

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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. ... See more

1 year ago

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. ... See more

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

PNHA Activities for 2020 on Fridays and Sundays.Free guided Irrawong Waterfall Track bird and plant walk on Sunday February 23. Book through Eventbrite: ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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 ... See more

1 year ago

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. ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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, ... See more

2 years ago

PNHA Christmas Cards with local trees, flowers, insects, birds, scenery - write your own message. $2.00 each. Contact us on pnhainfo@gmail.com to select from our big range. A few images here:

2 years ago

At Avalon Market Day chatting to lots of people about our lovely environment and how to keep it that way.

2 years ago

Bees polinating lemon flowers. The tiny black ones are natives probably the stingless bee Tetragonula carbonaria, next to a Honeybee.

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

Kunzea capitata, Bossiaea scolopendria (like a centipede) and Boronia ledifolia. You guessed it! On the Chiltern Track

2 years ago

Some are native Iris (Pattersonia)days- you have to be lucky! On the Chiltern Track again

2 years ago

Centipede Tracks in this shallow puddle?

2 years ago

Our new cover photo; sunlit pods of Sunshine Wattle, Acacia terminalis, on our favorite Chiltern Track, Ingleside in Ku-ring-gai NP

2 years ago

Seen a Brush Turkey recently?
be a citizen scientist and report your sightings here:
https://www.spotteron.com/brushturkeys/auth/login
Image: Neil Fifer

2 years ago

Prickly Moses Wattle on the Chiltern Track. We just love the sandstone heathy understorey.

2 years ago

Pods of Acacia terminalis Sunshine Wattle on our favorite Chiltern Track Ingleside. Backlit in the morning.

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

Glistening death traps. Insects beware! Sundew, Drosera spatulata along Chiltern Track Ingleside. #carnivorousplant #beautiful

2 years ago

So many birds, and swamp wallabies, in Warriewood Wetland on our guided bird walk this morning. Thanks to Kerry our bird guide.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

Eastern Water Dragon enjoying the view, watching for prey from a good vantage point, above Palm Beach.

2 years ago

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" ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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 ... See more

2 years ago

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, ... See more

2 years ago

Grevillea caleyi is a critically endangered species, a big rangy shrub which grows only in the area around Terrey Hills and part of Ingleside.

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

close up of Snow in Summer

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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 ... See more

3 years ago

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. ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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. ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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.

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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. ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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, ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

3 years ago

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
... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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 ... See more

3 years ago

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.