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    Bird Lovers: Regent Honeyeater Expert to Attend Field Day

    Regent Honeyeater DEAN INGWERSEN320Bird lovers from the Southern New England will soon have an opportunity to hear from one of the most informed experts on the endangered Regent Honeyeater, when Dr Ross Crates from the Australian National University will speak at a field day near Uralla Tuesday 22nd October.

    Image courtesy Dean Ingwersen, Birdlife Australia

    Lending a hand to Cool Country Koalas

    Koala Inverell320Northern Tablelands Local Lands Services has been researching the location of koalas across the Northern Tablelands since 2016.

    Image - A koala west of Inverell - the Cool Country Koala project found high koala activity around Inverell and Delungra.

    Optimal time for rabbit control around Armidale

    Rabbit fumigation croppedCalling all Feral Fighters! Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is encouraging landholders to join the fight against feral animals, specifically targeting rabbits.

    Image - Peter Frizell from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, demonstrates fumigation as a rabbit control method.

    'Urandangie' featured at Malpas Catchment field day

    Urandangie crowd 1320More than 50 people, including Mayor Simon Murray, attended a field day hosted by the Malpas Catchment Group at Bill and Jacqui Perrottet's property 'Urandangie' near Guyra on 31st July 2019.

    Image - part of the crowd at a site along Urandangie Creek which has been fenced as a riparian zone. Courtesy Karen Zirkler.

    Fodder for bushfire affected farmers

    Ian Trow Tenterfield Fodder PointThe Northern Tablelands region was in severe drought before the bush fires and unfortunately the drought continues. The bush fires have fast-tracked the need for landholders to make very tough decisions.

    Image - Ian Trow from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services loading emergency fodder for bush fire affected farmers at the Emergency Fodder Collection Point at Tenterfield Showground.

    School dung beetle breeding program

    Zac Sara Monty sorting beetlesCould dung beetles save the world? The students from Armidale Waldorf School are on a mission to breed up winter active dung beetles and find out just what is so special about these humble insects!

    Image - Dr Zac Hemmings with Sara and Monty Schmude sorting beetles into their new homes, courtesy of Oliver Schmude.

    Kids speak for the planet in Armidale

    OConnor at S4PThe Armidale Regional Council chambers was an ideal backdrop for students from across the New England region to debate and explore the big questions around the health of our planet.  

    Image - Students from O'Connor Catholic College celebrate their accomplishments at Speaking for the Planet. 

    Koala tracking at Armidale needs you!

    Dave Carr picThe Cool Country Koala Project found that the Northern Tablelands is home to many koalas, indeed areas such as Nowendoc, Delungra, Armidale, Black Mountain and Uralla have large populations.

    Image: A koala captured near Armidale for tagging and drelease. Image courtesy Dave Carr.

    Help available in tough times

    Drought Feed CalculatorWith the unprecedented drought taking its toll across our region, it is more important than ever that we look to our friends, family and outside services for support.

    Congratulations to two Armidale school winners

    SPPC Winners OConnor Catholic College320Southern New England Landcare Congratulates two Armidale based schools on their success in the The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Schools Property Planning Competition.

    Great track record acknowleged

    Environmental Trust COLOURSouthern New England Landcare experienced a proud moment this week when an email arrived from the NSW Environmental Trust, acknowledging the great track record we have with the Trust for developing and rolling out exceptional projects in the region. We thank the NSW Environmental Trust for this acknowledgement and have published the email here for all to see...

    Cat de-sexing subsidy to help responsible pet owners

    DogCatSouthern New England Landcare has partnered with Creeklands Vet Clinic in Armidale to provide an opportunity for cat owners in areas of high urban biodiversity to recieve a subsidised de-sexing rate for the month of September 2019. Find out how you might be able to participate! Download the flier.

    Wilmot wins regional 'Excellence in Landcare Farming' award

    Wilmot award

    We have great pleasure in congratulating Stuart Austin and Trisha Cowley from Wilmot Cattle Co. Ebor, in winning the Excellence in Landcare Farming Award at this year's NENW Regional Landcare Awards held in Narrabri.

    Landholders to muster around key climate challenges

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    Landholders in the Southern New England will soon have an opportunity to participate in four local forums designed to exchange ideas, knowledge and techniques that are more likely to succeed during challenging climatic conditions.

    Indian Mynas targeted in control program

    MynasSquareHave you noticed Indian Mynas encroaching on your patch? Indian mynas have been spotted across the Southern New England, having increased their territory significantly in recent years. Find out how you can help reduce their numbers...

    Urban Rivercare Group celebrates milestone

    Working Bee 9 10 2016 Remove privet 2016 10 09 008Armidale Urban Rivercare Group (AURG) achieved an outstanding milestone in July with the completion of their Centennial Avenue Rehabilitation project, where more than 500 volunteers 2320 hours to the eastern end of Dumaresq Creek in Armidale. 

    Image - Group members removing truck loads of Rubinia and Privet from the revegetation sites.

    A world of native plants at your fingertips

    Eucalyptus Prava Orange Gum320Native vegetation is a rich and fundamental element, vital for the health of our environment, sustaining wildlife and agriculture, as well as protecting soils, water and threatened species. Find out how a localised native plant database is proving invaluable to local landholders.

    Bird Survey Reports Now Available

    Distribution of Bird Surveys 320pIn 2017 ornithologist Dr Andrew Huggett conducted surveys of bird communities in native vegetation in the Armidale to Uralla district as part of our NSW Environmental Trust 'Closing the Gap' project. Here's what he found.

    Image - SNELandcare member Helen Webb enjoys her copies of the survey reports, which contain many beautiful bird images.

    The key to unlocking grazing systems management

    Prograze320Learning how to assess pastures, as well as understanding their quality and quantity, is key to managing profitable and sustainable grazing systems.

    ImageParticipants at a Prograze workshop at Yarrowitch

    Armidale Urban Rivercare Needs Your Vote!

    MCP digital flyer4 320Armidale Urban Rivercare's Project "A complete turnabout in the creek" will be included in the public vote in our electorate under the My Community Grants scheme. If enough community members vote for it, the project stands to receive $150,000 in funding. Voting opens 15 July and closes 15 August. You can vote online at or at your local Service NSW Centre. For more information on how to vote, visit Fact sheet for voters.

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