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Announcement: Science Saving Rainforests, our world-first Australian science project, to save precious rainforests

Announcement: Science Saving Rainforests, our world-first Australian science project, to save precious rainforests

The future of Australian rainforests is at a crossroads. Research has shown that what’s left of the once mighty rainforests of Northern New South Wales are now critically endangered and could face extinction because of a serious lack of genetic diversity. A world first Australian project, Science Saving Rainforests, will be an important key to stop this decline. The concept was the brainchild of...

Mark Dunphy announced as Big Scrub RC’s new President

Mark Dunphy announced as Big Scrub RC’s new President

Our Co-Founder and Vice President, Mark Dunphy, has assumed the position of President of Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy following our annual general meeting in December.  Mark was voted in by members at the AGM, which was the last presided over by Dr Tony Parkes, our President of 30 years.  Tony will continue to be a guiding force for Big Scrub RC as President Emeritus. Read our...

President’s Report: 2022-23 Annual Report to members

President’s Report: 2022-23 Annual Report to members

BSRC had another great year in 2022-23. Our long-term, world-leading Science Saving Rainforests Program continued to make steady progress. To date, leaf samples have been collected from 12,352 individual trees. Collections have been completed across the range of 23 key structural species and 9 threatened species in NSW and Qld. Good progress has also been made in leaf sample collections for the...

Rainforest Connections 2024 conference to connect scientists and practitioners

Rainforest Connections 2024 conference to connect scientists and practitioners

Rainforest Connections 2024, which Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy is proud to support, is an exciting new conference that will be held on 4-7 June 2024 in Ballina. The conference, which is brought to you by the NSW Government in partnership with Saving our Species, will highlight the significance of rainforest ecosystems by connecting the audience with up to date information on Australian...

Thank you, Tony: Reflecting on 30 years at the helm of Big Scrub RC

Thank you, Tony: Reflecting on 30 years at the helm of Big Scrub RC

As our President of 30 years steps down we want to thank a man who devoted three decades of unwavering service to the rainforest. Dr Tony Parkes AO was a co-founder of the Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group when we first formed in 1993. He was instrumental in unifying the first group of concerned community members – a gathering of over 100 land owners and conservationists – after a meeting in...

Photographers of the Big Scrub: Iain Stych

Photographers of the Big Scrub: Iain Stych

Story and photos by Babette Weatherell What makes a talented wild photographer? For Iain Stych it started as a zookeeper. Iain’s zookeeping career of 20+ years saw him working with snakes, birds, mammals and monotremes across Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. His extensive conservation work and passion for wildlife eventually landed Iain at the Healesville Sanctuary as the Wildlife Supervisor...

Big Scrub Day’s Silver Jubilee: 2023 Event Wrap & Photos

Big Scrub Day’s Silver Jubilee: 2023 Event Wrap & Photos

Last weekend, we hosted our 25th annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day Celebrations, with over 15 events across 10 Big Scrub locations – a quarter of a century of Big Scrub Rainforest Day. The weather was on our side and we had a wonderful four days of walks, talks and workshops attended by around 500 people. We increased the size of some of the events to accommodate more people, including the...

Big Scrub Schools Project Starts to Grow

Big Scrub Schools Project Starts to Grow

By Dr Ray Moynihan Many readers will already know the joy of planting trees to help regenerate the region’s lost forests. Few will know that more and more local school students are being offered a chance to connect directly with this most positive of narratives. Late last year I helped coordinate a series of short hands-on workshops in public primary schools across the Byron Shire, where...

Searching for the Elusive Southern Pink Underwing Moth

Searching for the Elusive Southern Pink Underwing Moth

Words: Georgia Beyer. Photos: Iain Stych. As the last of the evening light faded from the sky above the tree canopy, red-tinted torches were switched on, casting an unreal glow around the forest. A small team led by Iain Stych from Envite was hopeful of a rare sighting of the southern pink underwing moth. Daytime surveys at the Eltham Big Scrub remnant had revealed over 70 of the moth’s...

Bush Regenerator Profile: Darren Bailey

Bush Regenerator Profile: Darren Bailey

Growing up on the edge of the bush in Sydney’s northern beaches, Darren developed an early passion for wild places. School holidays to the Northern Rivers included several hikes to Wollumbin National Park and drives through the Border Ranges which sparked a keen interest in rainforest botany. That interest transformed into action in the mid-80s when the Queensland government decided to push a...