Margot Law, NPA Citizen Science Officer
Imagine a city where native animals flourish, helping to control feral vermin and even looking after your garden! Well, perhaps Sydney isn’t that far away from making this a reality. In recent years, we’ve seen native species like long-nosed bandicoots (Perameles nasuta), powerful owls (Ninox strenua) and native pollinators starting to reclaim their city.
Students at Blairmount Public School kicked off pollinator week a bit early with the ‘Bringing back the buzz to the Cumberland Plain Woodland’ project. Pollinator week, 12-19th November, is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our native bees and contribute to their conservation.
The National Parks Association of NSW and Campbelltown City Council are launching a community bushcare group at Atlantic Boulevard Reserve and are calling for volunteers!
Margot Law, Citizen Science Officer National Parks Association of NSW
NPA’s “Who’s living on my land?” is an innovative citizen science project that helps regional private landholders discover what species are on their property. We have trained more than 500 landholders, at 32 regional workshops over the last three and a half years, to survey their land for wildlife with infrared cameras, which we loan out to participants.
Thirty people helped us Bring the buzz back to the Cumberland Plain Woodland at Atlantic Boulevard Reserve in Glenfield. We planted 400 plants which will become vital resources for local pollinators. All species that we planted were native to the Cumberland Plain Woodland.
Landholders along the Illawarra Escarpment have an opportunity participate in a wildlife survey to find out ‘Who’s living on my land?’. Landholders participating in the Who’s living on my land? survey will get a chance to learn how to use and borrow an infrared camera to survey their property for native and pest animals.