Environment

Wetlands – why should I care?

Humans often equate wetlands with wasteland; a place to be drained, filled in, burnt off and re-purposed. In fact, scientific studies show that 64 % of the world’s wetlands have disappeared since 1900. Measured against 1700, an estimated 87 % have been lost. Tasmania has many special wetlands, 10 are

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Agriculture, Community groups, Environment

Science and community providing homes for the Forty-spotted Pardalote

Great news! After three years of targeted monitoring activities we’ve found White gum seedlings on North Bruny Island that have survived the summer. This exciting observation was among the data collected from a series of regeneration trials, set up in late 2011 at Murrayfield Station, a lamb and fine wool

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Environment

Volunteer work vital to threatened species

One of Dr Nigel Swarts great hopes is that a project to build a living collection of some of Tasmania’s most threatened native orchids at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens with the help of volunteers, will one day help restock numbers in the wild. The orchid research scientist says Tasmania

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Community groups, Environment

Gone in the blink of an eye

Watching a pair of shorebirds wheeling above as you walk along a windswept beach is a familiar and comforting experience. But what if you returned the next day to find them gone, as if they’d disappeared in the blink of an eye? It’s a concern that’s driving efforts to get

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Environment

Getting the biosecurity message out there

Wildlife disease biologist David Sinn is a fan of prevention over cure. Too often, he says, scientific work to preserve a population takes place only when a problem has already taken hold, leaving biologists to fight an uphill battle. Often it is too late to do anything but manage the

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Environment, Media releases, News

Partnership puts spotlight on keeping it clean for frogs

A ground-breaking project aimed at tracking Tasmania’s frog populations will help ensure Tasmania’s wilderness remains an important global refuge against chytrid, a deadly fungus that is decimating frog populations and causing species extinctions worldwide. A partnership between NRM South, Hydro Tasmania and DPIPWE has provided the opportunity for Wildlife Disease

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