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Purrtect native wildlife by keeping your cat indoors or in your backyard

By |December 19th, 2017|

Cats are charismatic and enigmatic creatures, beloved by many as a family pet. They are the second most common pet in Australian homes (after dogs) with 29% of households owning one or more cats (Animal Health Alliance 2013). There is also a large feral cat population in Australia, with an estimated 2.1 and 6.3 million […]

Spring Farm Families Plant 500 Trees for their Mums

By |May 16th, 2017|

After treating their mum to a lovely breakfast in bed, local families helped plant 500 trees in Spring Farm bushland corridor on Mothers’ Day.

“Planting a tree for mum is one of the most beautiful presents a family can give,” says Margot Law, Citizen Science Officer at the National Parks Association of NSW. “It’s a lovely […]

Plant a Tree for Mum this Mothers’ Day!

By |May 1st, 2017|

Show your love for mum this Mothers’ Day by planting a native tree in her honour at the Spring Farm Trees for Mum event.

This Mother’s Day (14th May, 2017), you are invited to a family-friendly ‘Trees for Mum’ event where you can combine your love for two amazing mothers: your own mum and mother nature!

This […]

Launch of the new Harrington Forest Bushcare Group on the 16th of October

By |September 29th, 2016|

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Costa, Cockatoos and Community Bushcare

By |September 13th, 2016|

One hundred people joined Costa from Gardening Australia and giant Cockatoos to plant 300 shrubs and grasses for the Middleton Grange Bushcare’s Major Day Out!

“Over the years these new plants will provide valuable understorey habitat and resources for local wildlife – like birds and insects” says Margot Law, project officer at the National Parks Association […]

Bushcare’s Major Day Out at Middleton Grange: Costa is coming to help

By |August 29th, 2016|

Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia, will lend a hand at the Middleton Grange Bushcare Major Day Out on Sunday, September 11. Residents are invited join Costa from 9am to 12pm.

Bush Mates project officer Margot Law said they were delighted Costa was joining the big day at Catalina Park.

“At our last tree planting day in […]

Celebrate Bushcare Major Day Out with us!

By |July 18th, 2016|


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Backyard Wildlife Workshop at Harrington Park

By |May 20th, 2016|

Local residents are being invited to take part in a free workshop to learn how to turn their garden into a wildlife haven at Harrington Park on Saturday, 18 June.

The Backyard Wildlife Workshop, presented by Bush Mates and the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, will guide participants on how to attract and protect their local […]

Hug a tree – the evidence shows it really will make you feel better

By |May 2nd, 2016|

Shelby Gull Laird

We know that trees have many benefits. In forests they provide habitat, wood, biodiversity and ecosystem services. In cities, they can mitigate the urban heat island effect by cooling the air and reducing greenhouse gases.

But, perhaps surprisingly, there is increasing evidence that trees are also good for our mental health.
Are we all tree-huggers?
The […]

Learn more about the insects and mini-beasts in your own backyard

By |April 28th, 2016|

Susan Lawler, La Trobe University

I recently wrote about how important it is to be able to identify plants and animals. Knowing the names of species that live around us helps us to connect to nature.

Yes, you can enjoy greenery and birdsong without knowing which species are involved, but recognising the call of a magpie while […]