LIZARD CROSSING

It's the time of year to see reptiles out and about on the roads again.  Bearded dragons (pogona barbata) do threatening push-ups as they try to frighten off approaching cars.  Or they lie as flat as possible like this one is doing, before scuttling quickly away. Blue-tongues (Tiliqua scincoides) try to be awesome by opening their mouths... Continue Reading →

PIXIE DUST, KITES AND PINK HATS

There's nothing better than a beautiful day out on the hillside, unless it's a beautiful day out with lots of lovely people planting trees. This year we had the wonderful team from Justin Borevitz's lab at ANU, along with another hundred yellow box  (eucalyptus melliodora) that they raised from seed, genotyped and either pampered or subjected... Continue Reading →

GOING TINY – WITH TREES

I've started adding some tiny triangles to my collection of revegetation plots over our hills. My plans for tree-planting have been evolving over the past four years since we moved back to live at the family farm.  I started knowing we needed to do something substantial, because the small amounts of revegetation we'd been doing... Continue Reading →

OUT STANDING IN A FIELD

A few old trees make all the difference when you're doing a bird survey.  The bare, newly planted paddocks on Carkella and Adnamira were limited to a few species, mainly parrots (galahs,red-rumps, rosellas) and a small family of magpies. On a grey morning in April three ornithologists from Canberra Ornithologists Group (Sue Lashko, Chris Davey... Continue Reading →

WEEDS PART 1- THE BURNING QUESTION

Farming, like nature, is messy.  It's nice to see the smooth green grass of spring covering the hills and disguising the rocks.  The modern golf course look.   Unfortunately, that's not necessarily what you need either for wildlife or for grazing stock. Sheep love to have a variety of things to eat, including clovers, grasses,... Continue Reading →

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