Bush Heritage Blog

Welcome to our blog. This is where you can stay up to date with news, observations, photography and more from our ecologists, reserve managers and others around the country.

Recent blog posts

Alwal’s first flight

It's not every day you get to see the first flight of a baby bird, especially not an endangered species, nor to capture the moment on camera. But through hours of dedicated survey time Olkola Land Manager Glen Kulka did just that! Glen, along with Hamish Kulka, Brendan Ross and Ashley Ross are leading a project with Bush Heritage Australia to secure the future of the Moorehead River… Read more »

Female Honey Possum found in Yarraweyah Falls revegetation site

Last week Angela Sanders led the annual south-west fauna surveys on Bush Heritage's partner property - Yarraweyah Falls. Yarraweyah Falls owners - Bill and Jane Thompson - were absolutely thrilled when the team caught a female Honey Possum with pouch young in the revegetation site - a first for this area. This site was direct seeded and specific habitat trees hand planted by Bill and Jane only three years… Read more »

Sturt’s Desert Pea

During September we received 104mm of rain at Boolcoomatta Reserve - an area with an annual average of 220 mm. October we received no rain, and to date, less than 10mm in November. But we're up around 285mm for the year to date, and hope to receive more summer rains to help grass production. Daily temperatures are now fluctuating between mid to high 20s and low 40s, with strong winds… Read more »

Ants on the move

At a partnership property in Tasmania's northern midlands I came across a White Gum with ants just erupting out of the crevices. It's a common enough phenomenon at this time of year, but no less fascinating to notice. Flying ants are common in summer and sometimes you'll see winged ants being shoved out of an established colony by wingless workers - that's what I… Read more »

BRUVS in Hamelin Pool - Part II: Collecting the data

The Hamelin Pool BRUVS (baited remote underwater video stations) Project is a collaborative effort between Bush Heritage, Department of Parks and Wildlife, James Cook University and Curtin University to uncover the sea life in Hamelin Pool.  The majority of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area is covered by water, comprising 70% of the total area and containing geological and biological features that… Read more »

BRUVS in Hamelin Pool - Part I: What are BRUVS?

Renowned for its natural beauty and scientific significance, the Shark Bay World Heritage Area is home to the Wooramel Bank, which is the largest seagrass bank (4,800 km2) in the world. It also has one of the largest and most stable populations of Dugongs, and the largest and most diverse assemblage of modern Stromatolites in Hamelin Pool. Although research has been conducted throughout… Read more »

Landscape change, hail across the land

Around 5pm last Thursday night we experienced an amazing storm that brought with it dramatic clouds, horizontal rain and large hail stones. Fortunately at the homestead area hailstones were only about the size of a large marble and perfect to drop into a gin and tonic.  This storm, however, was far more intense north of the homestead and in Broken Hill. In those… Read more »

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