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Koalas in the Big Scrub: A Conservation Dilemma

Koalas in the Big Scrub: A Conservation Dilemma

The Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy, landowners, land managers and regenerators have been working hard for 40 years to protect, regenerate and replant the vegetation that once flourished on the red ferrosol soils of the Big Scrub. That vegetation type is lowland subtropical rainforest – a complex and diverse ecosystem that evolved 40 million years ago in the times of Gondwana.  An estimated 600...

Science in the Pub: Tim Low and Mark Dunphy entertain birdos at the Eltham

Science in the Pub: Tim Low and Mark Dunphy entertain birdos at the Eltham

The long awaited – two years in the making – Science in the Pub with Tim Low finally took place last week at the Eltham Hotel. After being delayed by Covid and the floods, Lismore City Council, Richmond Landcare Inc and the other presenting partners staged the event in front of over 100 attendees, who were treated to Tim’s fascinating insights into the evolution of bird song and bird...

Shy, cute but with an iron stomach: Can you guess this Big Scrub favourite?

Shy, cute but with an iron stomach: Can you guess this Big Scrub favourite?

By James Hagan As the sun rises to strike the giant trunks of the rainforest, dawn light begins to cascade over the meadows of herbs and grasses and it is time to retreat once again deep into the protection of the shadows for yet another day.  As they softly pad between walls of buttress roots and mounds of soft damp leaves, their ears stay pricked and nose to the ground. Scatterings of fleshy...

Alex Floyd Tribute: “Unsurpassed knowledge” of rainforest botany

Alex Floyd Tribute: “Unsurpassed knowledge” of rainforest botany

One of the pioneers of rainforest botany, and a formative personality of conservation in our region, Alex Floyd, passed away earlier this year. In an insightful and touching obituary published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Rob Kooyman shared many of the amazing facts from Floyd's life and career. Kooyman describes Floyd's knowledge of rainforest botany as "unsurpassed" – a contribution to...

Science Saving Rainforests Update: DNA Sequencing Underway

Science Saving Rainforests Update: DNA Sequencing Underway

After suffering bushfire, flood and covid-related delays, our flagship program Science Saving Rainforests has sprung into action and is quickly making up for lost time. Most excitingly, the DNA sequencing phase of the program has begun, with a number of species currently being analysed by Diversity Arrays Technology in Canberra. This stage of the project will see the DNA of around 10,000 leaf...

President’s 2022 Annual Report

Annual President’s Report 2022Record year for Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy Tony Parkes’ 2021-22 Annual President’s Report to the members of Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy After 29 years as Big Scrub Landcare, members agreed that we should change our name to Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy (BSRC). The new name better reflects the much broader scope of our activities, particularly Science...

Propagation, Regeneration, Celebration: New festival to celebrate regeneration of the region

Propagation, Regeneration, Celebration: New festival to celebrate regeneration of the region

By Ray Moynihan Some books change your life.  Australian Rainforest Seeds and its guidance on propagation changed mine. This time 12 months ago I was an overpaid academic on the path to full professor. A year later I’m organising seed propagation workshops in schools and a new festival called Regeneration – to be held in Mullumbimby on March 4 2023. Unashamedly Optimistic The Regeneration...

Annual President’s Report 2022: Record year for Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy

Annual President’s Report 2022: Record year for Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy

Tony Parkes' 2021-22 Annual President’s Report to the members of Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy After 29 years as Big Scrub Landcare, members agreed that we should change our name to Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy (BSRC). The new name better reflects the much broader scope of our activities, particularly Science Saving Rainforests, our flagship Program. I am pleased to report that 2021-22...

Big Scrub Day Gallery: Official Photos from Big Scrub Rainforest Day 2022

Big Scrub Day Gallery: Official Photos from Big Scrub Rainforest Day 2022

There were just so many fantastic photos captured by our official photographers at our long-awaited Big Scrub Rainforest Day on 30th October 2022 that we thought we’d share some more with you. With an estimated 750 people in attendance, it was truly wonderful to see so many people who were keen to learn more about how to care for and rehabilitate our critically endangered Big Scrub rainforest....

Science Saving the Coolamon

Science Saving the Coolamon

By Renee Borrow, Manager, Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy The Coolamon (Syzygium moorei), a threatened species, is one of the most beautiful and unique trees found in our critically endangered Big Scrub lowland subtropical rainforest.  Growing to 40m high, the Coolamon exhibits a spectacular floral display between November and February with orange-red to pale pink flower clusters forming on old...