Unpredictable weather. Volatile, dark clouds gather and as quickly as formed, disperse. Humidity has made lantana slashing too difficult for more than an hour. Litres of water needed. Repaired the gravity line and saw a blue yabbie. Its senses so alert and although we were 2 metres away from it, it soon retreated under the rocks. My photos were all blurry unfortunately.
Good to see the steam weeding on full display on Mullumbimby streets. Town day was friendly. Followed on from my shopping, toured the valleys on the mail run with Jayne. Saw hectares of poisoned camphor trees which I will photograph at the weekend. Thanks to the rain but lightening strikes are now a possibility with most nights displaying flashes and bolts of lightening.
The gardens have flourished since the 300 mls of rain. Broccoli re sprouting, kale abundant and the zuchini are producing. All the above into a salad dressed with orange juice, cider vinegar and mustard with macadamia oil.
Jayne joined me with her difficult week continuing. Her Dad’s funeral on Thursday. The mail still has to be delivered and she has had to find approved replacements.
A gentle evening with the Lewin Honey eater coming to our dinner table and helping itself to a pineapple and oranges I had just prepared for the ice cream later. That made us smile.
My night walks around the gardens I see the carpet snakes poised for a snack. They seem to avoid the cane toads and target the Great Bard and Green Tree frog.
Great Barred Frog.
Excellent week-end with Nathan visiting to do a tour of the new regeneration sites.
Inspiring stories from infra cameras he has monitored. We are going to place a night camera here.
Camphor laurel ( introduced from China) has always been denigrated and its ecological niche as a habitat for native fauna has never been discussed to my knowledge.
Camphor was introduced because farmers needed a quick growing shade tree because all natives had been chopped down. Their poor cattle were frying in the sun.
When we work as Herbicide free volunteers alongside the public road and beneath giant camphor trees, we have witnessed Black Cockatoos with their young feasting on its seeds. Amongst white headed pigeons, parrots ect. we have witnessed the food value alone of this tree.
Thank-you Nathan for allowing me to publish your Assessment.
N.Burton – An Assessment of Camphor Laurel_s Habitat Value for Tiger Quolls in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales
And the very disappointing Green party. A strong principled voice in Lee Rhiannon which some want to shut up. Hardly democratic.
Get back to the environment I say.
A wishy washy party as we see here in Byron Shire with its supposedly Green majority on Council.
Well, tell me something new. Those of us who keep a close eye on our remaining frog populations know that herbicides/pesticides kill.
Its common sense surely, spray or spread any herbicide or pesticide and the non human fauna are going to cop it. Here in Australia the camphor laurel was introduced, why, because we denuded the land of its hard wood. Camphor grows fast so it provided much needed shade for the live stock us Europeans introduced. Now we are hell bent on poisoning the camphor laurel, a tree that hosts over 40 insects and provides food for numerous birds as we deprived them from their original sources once we took away their habitat. Global climate change is about adaptation, not making matters worse for what still survives. Frogs here are thriving on my chemical free hectares.
Who do they think they are ?
When the original forest cover was removed in the Northern Rivers, camphor laurel was introduced because it was fast growing and provided much-needed shade for both livestock and homes. It soon filled the void following failed dairy farming and banana plantations and after most of the original trees were removed, it is now declared noxious by short sighted politicians and pre 1788ers. Almost all of the native food source for birds was removed by European farming/tree harvesting colonization. For insects and other fauna the camphor laurel soon provided much-needed sustenance. It has been recorded over 40 insects, along with many birds depend on camphor laurel for their precarious and lucky survival as their original food sources were removed. So to see whole areas poisoned locally is a tragedy and reflects our short-term thinking with-out any historical hind-sight. And these people advocating complete removal of the camphor really are showing the same ignorance that the early settlers did when they first brought European farming practices to Australia’s quite different ecology.