Darwinia

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Sweet-scented Wattle

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Pittwater Mist

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Yellow-faced Whipsnake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Common Tree Snake – ©Jayden Walsh

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Sydney Red Gum

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NSW Christmas Bush

Beetle

Bush Stone Curlew

Tyler’s Tree Frog – ©Jayden Walsh

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Powerful Owl Family

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Drosera spatulata

Tongue Orchid

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Boronia

Eastern Water Dragon

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Olive-green Coastal Katydid hiding by day in foliage of native orchid Cymbidium suave in Avalon. At night she comes out to feed on the buds and flowers. 100s of these so we can let her have her supper. What fantastic antennae she has ! #insects #tettigoniidaefamily #entomology #nocturnal #katydid ... See MoreSee Less

Olive-green Coastal Katydid hiding by day in foliage of native  orchid Cymbidium suave in Avalon.  At night she comes out to feed on the buds and flowers. 100s of these so we can let her have her supper. What fantastic antennae she has ! #insects #tettigoniidaefamily #entomology #nocturnal #katydidImage attachment

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Katydids also love rosebuds and fresh rose foliage…

Our AGM is this Sunday 11.30, November 27. Jayden Walsh will present on the ecology of Ku-ring-gai Chase NP. His photos and information are amazing. Where? Newport Community Centre main hall. Lunch will follow. PNHA Cards will be on sale for $2 each, local plants, fauna and landscapes. Here's a small selection. We dont have EFTPos, so please bring cash, or pay later into our bank account - we can organise that at the meeting. ALL WELCOME. ... See MoreSee Less

Our AGM is this Sunday 11.30, November 27. Jayden Walsh will present on the ecology of Ku-ring-gai Chase NP. His photos and information are amazing. Where? Newport Community Centre main hall.  Lunch will follow. PNHA Cards will be on sale for $2 each, local plants, fauna and landscapes. Heres a small selection. We dont have EFTPos, so please bring cash, or pay later into our bank account - we can organise that at the meeting. ALL WELCOME.
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Swamp Lily, Crinum pedunculatum, is a handsome large lily, easily propagated from the big seeds that develop after the flowers. Watch out for caterpillars of a small native moth, Calogramma picta. It lays several tiny eggs in the heart of the foliage and the caterpillars feast on the leaves reducing them to an ugly mess. Check for these pests and flick off. The plant has amazing powers of recovery, from apparent death by defoliation to fresh foliage a few months later. Swamp Lily is actually a misnomer as it grows quite well in dryish sites, but not so happy in full sun. ... See MoreSee Less

Swamp Lily, Crinum pedunculatum, is a handsome large lily, easily propagated from the big seeds that develop after the flowers. Watch out for caterpillars of a small native moth, Calogramma picta. It lays several tiny eggs in the heart of the foliage and the caterpillars feast on the leaves reducing them to an ugly mess. Check for these pests and flick off. The plant has amazing powers of recovery, from apparent death by defoliation to fresh foliage a few months later. Swamp Lily is actually a misnomer as it grows quite well in dryish sites, but not so happy in full sun.

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They tried them along East Esplanade in Manly, it was a total failure as they were quickly eaten to mush.

Conservation Zones Review. Did you know 2285 blocks of land in the Pittwater Ward are proposed to change from Conservation zoning to Residential? This would allow much more building and loss of trees and other vegetation as more of such land can be built over. We believe the criteria said to justify these changes are mistaken, for instance proposing a maximum of 50% tree cover before land is considered worthy of conservation zoning. Land zoned residential may be subject to State Environmental Planning Policies that would allow denser development overriding Council limitations and rules. Fauna corridors are not given a high enough environmental value. Please have a look at Have Your Say: yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/planning-ezones
Submissions close December 2. Yours could help maintain the leafy character of Pittwater.
We love our more common fauna as well as endangered species, in trouble because we have caused their habitat loss. PNHA Image: Ringtail in a homemade drey.
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Conservation Zones Review. Did you know 2285 blocks of land in the Pittwater Ward are proposed to change from Conservation zoning to Residential? This would allow much more building and loss of trees and other vegetation as more of such land can be built over. We believe the criteria said to justify these changes are mistaken, for instance proposing a maximum of 50% tree cover before land is considered worthy of conservation zoning. Land zoned residential may be subject to State Environmental Planning Policies that would allow denser development overriding Council limitations and rules. Fauna corridors are not given a high enough environmental value.  Please have a look at Have Your Say: https://yoursay.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/planning-ezones
Submissions close December 2. Yours could help maintain the leafy character of Pittwater.
We love our more common fauna as well as endangered species, in trouble because we have caused their habitat loss. PNHA Image: Ringtail in a homemade drey.

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There is a block on Bilgola Plateau that has no less than 6 mature, native canopy trees in its front yard... and yet, somehow it doesn't meet the 'criteria' to retain its C4 zoning. Ri-bloody-diculous

Bottlebrushes are done, now it’s time for Melaleucas. They have fluffy flowers because their many stamens grow five bundles on each flower. Small tree Snow in Summer aka Melaleuca linariifolia is white, flowers attracting lots of insects, in Warriewood Rd, and Etival St Avalon. Hillock Bush aka Melaleuca hypericifolia a sprawling shrub is dusty red. #melaleuca #nativegarden #insecthabitat #nativeplants ... See MoreSee Less

Bottlebrushes are done, now it’s time for Melaleucas. They have fluffy flowers because their many stamens grow five bundles on each flower. Small tree Snow in Summer aka Melaleuca linariifolia is white, flowers attracting lots of insects, in Warriewood Rd, and Etival St Avalon. Hillock Bush aka Melaleuca hypericifolia a sprawling shrub is dusty red. #melaleuca #nativegarden #insecthabitat #nativeplantsImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
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About PNHA

PNHA's Conservation Zones Review Submission

PNHA's Conservation Zones Review submission

Submissions closing date:  December 2 2022

About PNHA

With urbanisation, there are continuing pressures that threaten the beautiful natural environment of Pittwater. Some impacts are immediate and apparent, others are more gradual and less obvious.


The Pittwater Natural Heritage Association has been formed to act to protect and preserve the Pittwater areas major and most valuable asset - its natural heritage.


PNHA is an incorporated association seeking broad based community membership and support to enable it to have an effective and authoritative voice speaking out for the preservation of Pittwater's natural heritage.


It is a member of the Pittwater Community Alliance. Please contact us for further information. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to benefit Pittwater's natural environment go to the Pittwater Environmental Foundation.

Our Aims

  • To raise public awareness of the conservation value of the natural heritage of the Pittwater area: its landforms, watercourses, soils and local native vegetation and fauna.
  • To raise public awareness of the threats to the long-term sustainability of Pittwater's natural heritage.
  • To foster individual and community responsibility for caring for this natural heritage.
  • To encourage Pittwater Council and the NSW Government to adopt and implement policies and works which will conserve, sustain and enhance the natural heritage of Pittwater.

Our Charter

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association seeks to raise awareness and provide information and advice to our members on issues such as:

Native Tree Canopy

Identification of trees local to your particular area. What to plant to replace dead or dying trees, and how to care for trees. The characteristic form of the native tree canopy is a major contributor to Pittwater's sense of place.

"Bush Friendly" Gardens

Selecting plants for your garden that will live in harmony with nearby bushland and provide habitat for native animals and birds.

Building and Landscaping

Promoting practices which preserve and protect the visual qualities of the landform, preserve soil stability and prevent erosion of steep slopes and siltation of waterways.

Weed Infestation

Information on noxious and environmental weeds, weed identification and methods of control and eradication.

Living with Wildlife

Maintaining habitat and wildlife corridors for our rich and diverse native fauna. Understanding the impacts of introduced birds and animals and uncontrolled domestic pets.

Keeping our Waterways Healthy

Using and enjoying our waterways and estuaries whilst maintaining appropriate water quality and habitat for aquatic creatures. Caring for the streams, wetlands, saltmarsh and mangrove systems that are an integral part of our waterways.

Rock Platforms, Beaches and Dunes

Protecting and preserving the plant and animal communities on rock platforms. Restoration and regeneration of dune systems and maintenance of their stability.

Act to Preserve and Protect!

If you would like to join us, please fill out the Membership Application Form. Alternatively if you would like to contact us for information on any of our projects, our details are:

Email: pnhainfo@gmail.com

Postal Address
PO Box 187
Avalon Beach NSW 2107

President
Marita Macrae

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