‘BIG SCRUB’ BEAUTY
Many early settlers and landowners failed to appreciate the value of balance in the landscape, and the importance of rainforest as the lifeblood and lungs of our subtropical countryside. They called Australia’s largest subtropical lowland rainforest ‘The Big Scrub’ and left less than 1% of this now endangered rainforest to succeeding generations.
A Growing investment
As a not-for-profit organisation our achievements depend on public donation, corporate sponsorship and Government grants as well as the hard work of our committee and landholders who fund and undertake substantial rainforest restoration on their own properties. So the beauty of supporting Landcare is obvious: you can see where your money grows.
HOW WE WORK
In all our projects and educational activities we focus on good science, best practice and cost-effective outcomes. We utilise the diverse expertise of our members, who come from scientific, farming and business backgrounds, and our links with leading academics and professionals practicing in rainforest ecology, biology and restoration.
18th Annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day – Sunday 16 October 2016
Now in our 18th year; and as with previous years the program will see some of Australia’s leading ecologists, rainforest regenerators, naturalists, scientists and other professionals sharing their expertise through presentations, practical workshops and ecological walks and talks.
SUBMISSION FROM BIG SCRUB LANDCARE ON THE DRAFT NSW BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION BILL AND ACCOMPANYING LEGISLATION AND CODES
ABOUT THIS SUBMISSION This submission by Big Scrub Landcare (BSL) is in three parts. Part A is a summary of the submission. Part B provides background information about BSL and lowland subtropical rainforest. Part C deals with major issues of concern to BSL. PART A. SUMMARY BSL is one of the largest and most successful[…]
Banner designed by John Goodfellow as part of the subject – Caught in the Web: Designing for the Digital Space (COM10110, SASS) using mural artwork by Jeremy Austin. The 2015 Arts vs Science Festival will be bringing a little magic to National Science Week & Arts in August by celebrating science, creativity, & sustainability this[…]
Parkes T., Delaney M., Dunphy M., Woodford R., Bower H., Bower S., Bailey D., Joseph R., Ford J., Nagle J., Roberts T., Lymburner S. and McDonald T. Big Scrub: A cleared landscape in transition back to forest? Ecological Restoration & Management 2012; 13(3), 212–223.
After a break of 15 years BSL members revisited Crystal Hill, the Coolgardie property of Stephanie and Julian Lymburner. Stephanie and Julian Lymburner’s property, Crystal Hill, was the venue for BSL’s latest ‘farm visit’. Crystal Hill is on the Big Scrub escarpment about 10 minutes drive south of Ballina. That drive south from Ballina follows[…]
Rainforest Landcare Group formed in 1992 in response to the fragile nature of the remaining Big Scrub remnants and the very high conservation value of local, national and international significance. BSL was incorporated in 1995 and received it first project grant. The group evolved and grew rapidly and now is the largest and most active[…]
Jonathan Parkyn gave a detailed and intriguing presentation on the current state of the local, and critically endangered, Mitchell’s rainforest snail and the research been done to learn more. Jonathan is a PhD candidate at Southern Cross University Snails are molluscs, from the Latin word mollis, meaning soft. Molluscs are soft-bodied animals including Mitchell’s rainforest[…]
Click the image to download this poster featuring the magnificent flora and fauna of the Big Scrub.
A discussion paper on flying foxes and the implications for bush regeneration at their camp sites. By Dr Kristin den Exter, Billie Roberts, Angus Underwood, Dr Len Martin Introduction Flying foxes are animals of extraordinary ecological and economic importance throughout forests of the tropics, playing an essential role as forest pollinators and seed dispersers (Fujita[…]
Claudia Catterall and Jo Green are undertaking research into the importance of small Big Scrub remnants. This is a transcript of Claudia’s presentation of her work so far given at the 2009 BSRD The theme of Big Scrub Rainforest Day (BSRD) this year is All About the Big Scrub. I think that’s appropriate, because there[…]
A transcript of a presentation on Big Scrub skinks given by Steve McAlpin at the Big Scrub Rainforest Day 2007 I’m a conservation biologist who has lived and worked predominately in central and northern Australia. I currently live at Dorroughby and my particular passion is for skinks. There are over 400 species of skinks[…]