Monthly Archives: April 2015

LEAF + LUSH = BiodiverCity?

When we think about biodiversity, we have some pre-set ideas in our minds of dense rainforests, native grasslands and other pristine landscapes. But what about cities? Given that urban areas are growing, it is important to start thinking about biodiversity … Continue reading

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Rabbit control: Protecting Canberra’s Nature Reserves

U5196579 Rabbit pest problem in Australia Everybody knows the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is an invasive pest in Australia. Overgrazing affects growth of native plants exposing top soil, causing erosion and rabbits compete with native fauna for resources. Rabbits can … Continue reading

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Rehabilitation: who’s ready for long-term commitment?

U5235837 Box – Gum Grassy Woodland is recognised as nationally critically endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. This class of ecological community supports a diverse mix of Yellow Box and Blakely’s Red Gum trees, native … Continue reading

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Animal Movement through Box Gum Woodlands

Fiona Backhouse, u5175017 Field work, while hard, can be very rewarding, and a much more insightful way to learn about the local biodiversity than scrolling through the Atlas of Living Australia, or flicking through a book on Australian animals. I … Continue reading

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Bridging the Gap: Biological Wealth and the Bigger Picture

In a corner of one of earth’s “biologically wealthiest” nations lies one of thirty-four global biodiversity hotspots; the very southern end of Western Australia. What’s a biodiversity hotspot? To qualify as a ‘hotspot’, a region must have 30% or less of … Continue reading

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Restoring a Degraded Landscape to its Former Glory

U5350842 Scottsdale Reserve It was a pleasant sunny day when I ventured out to Scottsdale reserve with David Freudenberger and one other student like myself. Just an hour and fifteen minutes South of Canberra, this 1328ha Bush Heritage reserve protects … Continue reading

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Going Batty for Eastern Bent-Wing Micro-bats

U5179371   The Subject Eastern Bent-Wing bats (Miniopterus schreibersii oceanensi) are a sub species of micro-bat that can live up to 30 years. They feed on flying insects, and are found along the east coast of Australia 1. They are … Continue reading

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The Real Ranger – A snapshot into the everyday life ACT Parks, Conservation and Lands

Elle Kromar Inundated by rain and fuelled by the thrill of exploring a prospective career path, I entered the ACT Parks, Conservation and Lands (PCL) depot at Stromlo. Through the welcoming haze of freshly brewed tea, I could see the … Continue reading

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Habitat Connectivity in Box Gum Woodlands

U5376367 Introduction:  As part of my work experience I wanted to understand the practical applications of the course. There was no better option than to become a fieldwork volunteer for PhD research conducted by Stephanie Pulsford of the Fenner School … Continue reading

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Developing Stepping-Stones to Connect the Inhabitants of Box-Gum Woodland Patches

Daniel F. Martinez-Escobar U5182783 Box-Gum Woodland once covered a large area of south-eastern Australia. It is home to various species of birds, lizards, frogs and invertebrates. However, since European settlement began, 92% of its area has been cleared for grazing … Continue reading

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