Conserving native plants
We are passionate about conserving Australian native plants, and we regularly promote awareness and education about flora species and their habitats, especially listed threatened flora.
Submissions on local biodiversity issues relevant to members are drafted by members with the assistance of the Officer or Committee, or you may choose to bring an environmental issue to their attention and allow them to write the submission for you.
Here is the submission to the recent bushfires for the Royal Commission into National Disasters, prepared by Dan.
Native plant distributions - Climate change, bush fires and native plants
The summer of 2019 and 2020 has easily been the worst summer in living memory.
Drought and horror bushfires, storms and floods have led to many dead, homes destroyed, countless animals killed, and millions of hectares and their plants incinerated. Soil has been burnt to a considerable depth and in some areas the seed bank may have been destroyed.
We hope recovery will occur but there is uncertainty. Regenerating complex ecosystems will take many years. And even when the landscape does recover, the next round of drought and fires may be worse.
The connection with climate change is indisputable – the science is settled. The natural world is a precious resource to be treated carefully and respectfully. Society's drivers of growth must become more civilised and balanced.
While each of us must do our bit to mitigate climate change, we can at least take action to monitor, measure and learn through this regeneration process.
Monitor, measure, learn
As data which pre-date the recent fires, we hope it will provide a reference point for recovery, now or in the future. We hope it can be used to monitor, measure and learn.
For those wishing to record the recovery process, so it can be further shared, please send such reports to Tony Maxwell who will collate them.
For any questions about the project or spreadsheets attached, please contact Tony Maxwell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony Maxwell, March 2020
Regions studied - click on each one for more information
As a way of escaping extreme December heat, as well as to participate in a plant collecting trip for the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, we headed up to Barrington Tops National Park, observing the change in temp from 35C in the valley to 26C an hour later, at an elevation above 1400m. The plan was to camp the night at Polblue camping area, then meet our collecting colleagues there in the morning.
Polblue has a significant peat bog, surrounded by sub-alpine flora. This area is not only of great ecological significance, it also harbours a number of rare and threatened plants, including two species of mountain pepper, Tasmannia purpurescens and T. glaucifolia (fragrant pepperbush)...more
Planting Australian natives: are we bringing the bush to our backyards or our backyards to the bush? By Dr Matt Pye
Gardens are an important part of our existence in urban environments. They provide relief from the concrete and bricks that create the artificial environment that most Australians now inhabit – the urban landscape. Our gardens provide shelter and shade, a potential kaleidoscope of colour and, in many backyards, a small localised food source in the form of vegetable gardens. In cities, gardens and street trees also provide additional cooling mechanisms to the heat sinks of concrete structures.
Despite their ubiquitous presence, Australian backyard gardens have evolved over time and are far from static entities....more
In November last year, the Southern Highlands APS group enjoyed an informative and passionately delivered presentation by John Creighton, AKA Wombat Man, who talked to them about the important work carried out by volunteer carers at Wombat Care Bundanoon.
Wombat Care Bundanoon is an independent, self-funded volunteer group of dedicated carers focused on wildlife in general and wombats in particular. They are licensed to treat mange,
They are also active in area schools, mainly Bundanoon Primary School, in providing education and awareness about wombats and local wildlife issues.
The wombats in the local area are from the family Vombatus ursinus, from the latin “ursus”, meaning “bear”. They are known as the Common Wombat or Bare-nosed Wombat...more
The Tuggerah Lakes Estuary system is a system of three inter-connected coastal lagoons, mostly separated from the sea. These lagoons are called Lake Munmorah, Budgewoi Lake and Tuggerah Lake and cover an area of approximately 80 square kilometres. Although they are called lakes, a lagoon differs from a lake in that it’s a shallow body of water close to the sea with a small inlet permitting tidal currents in and out.
Estuaries are formed when bodies of water, including rivers, lagoons and creeks meet the sea causing fresh and salt water to mix....more