Spotted Pardalote – one of our favourite birds

We can’t resist sharing these images of one of our favourite small birds. Spotted Pardalotes nest in burrows they make, often near ground level. Paul Whitington has taken photographs and videos of them as they have nested for several years in a mound of earth on their property
Thanks for sharing some of your Southern forest life with us. Click on the link to see the videos.

CMN Plant ID workshop and Field Walk

Photo: Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) by A Rodway

Photo: Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) by A Rodway[/caption]
Learn the skills and information you need to identify a range of common plants in this region and try out your skills on a guided field walk near Tura in Bournda National Park. See the endangered Merimbula Star-hair, Flannel flowers and many other coastal species in flower this Spring.

When: Friday 20 October, 9.00am-12.00pm

Where: Bournda National Park, North Tura

Botanist, Paul McPherson, assisted by Seedbank Coordinator, Karen Walker, will provide a practical introduction to the identification of local native plants, with an emphasis on recognising the major plant families in the field. We will look at the various tools and resources available to identify plants, including online resources and the use of botanical keys. Plant samples, printed summary sheets and hand lenses will be provided to use at the workshop. The workshop will cater to beginners and refresh the skills of those with some experience in plant identification. The field walk is 2km return on a level track.

Morning tea provided. For further information and bookings, contact Ali Rodway on 0417 246 896 or

Photo: Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) by A Rodway

A rare find on Bournda Beach

Naomi Shoobridge was really luck to fing a large and whole Paper Nautilus shell on Bournda Beach the other day. While we do occasionally see pieces of shell from these cephalopods, it’s very rare to find a whole shell as they are really fragile and soon get broken by the sea or seagulls foraging for the dead or dying squid inside.

Paper Nautilus Bournda Beach Photo Naomi Shoobridge

“Wild Eye” Photocomp winners exhibition

After a great competition this year, winners have been chosen by our panel of Judges and the Exhibition of Winners will be available for you to see at Merimbula EyeQ (7  Main Street) for two weeks from 3:00pm on Saturday October 14th. Please com along and have a look as the images are awesome! Thanks to everyone who entered and to Sarah who set up the Galleries and Belinda who loaded all the entries and to Bayd who is hosting the exhibition. Do come along.

Photo Max Campbell

Goanna Hatchlings

Pete Constable filmed these very young hatchling Goannas emerging from their Termite mound nest near the Tarha Bermagui Road this week. When they are older they are very craggy, but how pretty as babies with their fresh skin!

Thanks for sharing the footage Pete, it’s a rare and lucky sighting.

Lace Monitor (Goanna) varanus varius
Photo Max campbell