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

Natives flourishing in the flood out

On Boolcoomatta Reserve there's an area called the 'flood-out'. As the name suggests it's a low-lying area where water run-off gathers, which makes it fertile ground for weeds. Most years we slash management access tracks. These enable us to access what was once wall-to-wall box thorn and pepper trees. I'm not joking – it was once 3 metres tall and impenetrable, 2 inch long spikes… Read more »

Echidna activity

Echidnas – what incredible animals! Along with the Platypus they lay eggs... well, actually they lay a single egg that hatches after ten days.  Over the past few months we've seen lots of Echidna activity at Boolcoomatta, with the previous owners on a recent visit commenting that they'd never seen Echidna activity like it in the 22 years they owned the property. On a… Read more »

Soil conservation at Boolcoomatta

Soil conservation is one of the ongoing challenges we have on all our reserves, some more than others.  There's been much modification of the land over the past 200 years, with new animals roaming across the land, eating things and changing the soil structure and composition. This is the case at Boolcoomatta Reserve. Our land management program at Boolcoomatta is comprehensive and science based, with excellent flora and fauna… Read more »

The Tasmanian Midlands: Kirsty studies microbats.

Kirsty Dixon will change your tune about bats. The University of Tasmania PhD candidate is studying microbats that call the Tasmanian Midlands home.  The eight bat species in Tasmania are all forest dwelling – during the day they roost under bark and in old tree hollows. The largest species in Tasmania, the Eastern Falsistrelle, weighs up to 23g; the smallest, the Little Forest Bat, weighs… Read more »

The Tasmanian Midlands: Glen Bain studies woodland birds

Do you know your 'kar-week-week-kar' from your 'chur-ock-churock’? Do you know which animal sings ‘zit zit zit whooorl’? Unless you’re a bird-loving Tasmanian, you may not recognise the Black Currawong, the Yellow-Throated Honey-eater and the Tasmanian Thornbill. When Glen Bain moved to Hobart to start his PhD, he quickly learned the calls of the 12 bird species endemic to (only found in) Tasmania, like the Green… Read more »

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