So humid still.

on-the-deck

A last minute flurry for food, both the goannas and snakes are searching for any source. The goannas are even trying to come indoors.

I haven’t seen such activity this time of the year before so it has got me wondering if the winter weather is going to be a surprise.

Below is a photo taken yesterday of the row of poisoned Coral trees next to the road and holding the river bank together.

Looking at the flora at ground level, most species thriving are introduced including privet, banna grass and even the madeira vine. The madeira vine has been extensively poisoned over the years and has responded by out smarting the herbicides used.  Below is an example of a couple adapting to their problem by including it in their diet. A nutritious alternative to spinach.

Madeira Vine: an ironic Harvest

poisoned-coral-trees

The New Wild

Author…..   Fred Pearce…..    Publisher Icon Books (2015) ISBN9781848318342   Description … Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation

Veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce used to think of invasive species as evil interlopers spoiling pristine ‘natural’ ecosystems. Most conservationists would agree. But what if traditional ecology is wrong, and true environmentalists should be applauding the invaders? In The New Wild, Pearce goes on a journey to rediscover what conservation should really be about. He explores ecosystems from Pacific islands to the Australian outback to the Thames estuary, digs into the questionable costs of invader species, and reveals the outdated intellectual sources of our ideas about the balance of nature. Keeping out alien species looks increasingly flawed. The new ecologists looking afresh at how species interact in the wild believe we should celebrate the dynamism of alien species and the novel ecosystems they create. In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, we must find ways to help nature regenerate. Embracing the ‘new wild’ is our best chance.

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