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Rain moved south to Victoria and New Zealand.

A couple of days when the sun has stayed visible for more than half and hour. The task of drying out, clearing branches and generally beginning the garden restoration work.

Having the lower back discomfort, after twisting myself moving rocks blocking the causeway pipes, gave me a few days to take it easy and begin the down sizing of my library. I put into practice the Alexander technique of putting a couple of books under my head and laying flat on the floor for an hour. It seemed to work and yesterday was able to resume normal outside chores. Sleep too returned so am feeling well relieved.

Lil visited with news from the devastated Lismore where the streets are piled high with flood damaged property.

These beautiful fungi have appeared on a fallen Ficus branch.

After the continuous flow of water through the gardens many tamarillos and yacons have succumbed but yesterday the first yacon flower appeared.



Time for more people to read Fred Pearce’s THE NEW WILD. Pearce, a veteran environmental writer for the New Scientist, used to think invasive species were evil interlopers which set out to ruin natural eco systems. In his study he explores eco systems from the Australian outback to the Thames estuary and finds that our ideas about the balance of nature are now seriously outdated.

A few years ago Nature magazine presented a peer reviewed study that found the common morning glory vine, often seen growing profusely around old tick dipping sites in our region here, was actually detoxifying the heavily contaminated soil that remained from the chemicals used on the cattle. Still we see morning glory being poisoned as an “invasive”.

Pearce argues, with endorsement from James Lovelock, that in this era of rapid climate change and the ecological damage, the dynamism of so called alien species, which usually thrive in the niches humans have created, can help nature regenerate and provides us with a better chance of adapting to the future.

In the recent 700 mls of rain here I was grateful for the 3 Coral trees I have remaining here on my land. Preventing a massive soil land slip as the water poured off the cliffs behind, they held a steep bank intact whereas a nearby sally wattle collapse taking out the power and phone lines. Coral trees in our valleys being the target of an expensive poisoning campaign by Land-care…………….many of which will have ended up anywhere from here to the ocean following our 700 mls of rain. Leeching their poisoning agent as they go.


From Byron Chemical Free Active Volunteers.

A new French study reported today in the Guardian has shown that “Virtually all farms could significantly cut their pesticide use while still producing as much food. The research also shows chemical treatments could be cut without affecting farm profits on over three-quarters of farms.”

One of the research team, Nicolas Munier-Jolain, said “If you want real reduction in pesticide use, give the farmers the information about how to replace them. This is absolutely not the case at the moment. A large proportion of advice is provided by organisations that are both selling the pesticides and collecting the crops. I am not sure the main concern of these organisations is to reduce the amount of pesticide used.”

Read the full report   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/06/farms-could-slash-pesticide-use-without-losses-research-reveals#img-1


Read the full report   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/06/farms-could-slash-pesticide-use-without-losses-research-reveals#img-1

Exactly the same problem applies to the use of pesticides in public spaces and conservation reserves.


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Time to adapt to the New Wild.

Most plants and animals cannot adapt at the rate the climate is changing, scientists have said.

A study of more than 250 species found their ability to change their “climactic niche”, the conditions under which they can survive, will be vastly outpaced by future changes in rainfall and temperature.

Although some animals might be able to move to cope with rising temperatures, others live in isolated areas which they cannot leave.

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Amphibians, reptiles and plants are particularly vulnerable, according to US researchers and tropical species are at higher risk than those which live in temperate zones.

Ecologists analysed how quickly species had changed their climatic niches over time, and how these rates compared with that of global warming.

They analysed 266 populations of plants and animals, including insects, amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles.

Rates of change in climatic niches were much slower than rates of projected climate change, by more than 200,000 fold for temperature on averag,, they said.

In October, the most comprehensive survey of wildlife ever carried out suggested the world is hurtling towards the first mass extinction of animal life since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago.

By 2020, the populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and other vertebrate species are on course to have fallen by more than two-thirds over a period of just 50 years, the Living Planet report found.

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Friday. April 1.

Early town visit with Lil in the old ute that used to live here.

Busy 3 hours, saw 3 friends I haven’t seen for a while.

Letter from Far North Coast weeds on the Giant Devil’s fig, classified as a  Class 3 noxious weed. I chop them down to ground level when I come across them and follow up with the removal of new shoots. They succumb readily.  Easy to pull out when small, tougher as they mature due to their spikes. I tried to pull one out on a bridge coming home. Wedged between a crack in the concrete, it was impossible to remove entirely before breaking it off at the base. If poisoned, the running water beneath would be the eventual recipient.

Obviously, due to the wide spread of the Giant Devil’s Fig , it is providing food for our dwindling birds and bats.

The book I have been waiting for arrived.


With endorsement from James Lovelock.



Why do we treat our providers of protein in such a harsh, cruel way ?  Anyone who has kept hens will know they are far more savvy than is portrayed.




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