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Soft twig rush or Buckie rush

Sportsman Creek Conservation Area is engaged in growing and planting this native twig rush. Commonly called Buckie rush and used extensively by the Indigenous Bundjalung peoples for basket weaving and net string bag making. A compact slender native bog grass, thrives in standing water and around flooded soils, making it the ultimate landscape plant for wet areas in the garden or for landscape re-vegetation.  

Description – Hardy native grass with
slender attractive lime green foliage and reddish-brown flower spikes.

Location – Will grow in up to 25cm of
water, in full sun or part shade. Hardy tolerating frost and low nutrient
soils.

Uses – Oxygenates and removes nutrients
from pond water and provides habitat keeping ponds cleaner and healthy. THE
STEMS ARE ALSO USED AS EXCELLENT FIBRE FOR BASKET WEAVING.

Care – Low maintenance, trim by half every
two to three years and water if the bog begins to dry out. For weaving harvest
by gently pulling out individual stems.

A tiny owl like bird with huge forward facing eyes used for night hunting flying insects. Found along the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area. Widespread across Australia.

Image courtesy of visiting wildlife photographer Rachel Hebbard.

The Endangered Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby and Joey photographed at Dangar Gorge. 

Where do they live?

In the past, the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby was abundant and widespread across the rocky country of south eastern Australia from southern Queensland to Victoria, roughly following the Great Dividing Range. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was considered a pest and shot for bounties and hunted for their fur. Around half a million Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies were killed during this time. 

Beautiful Sugar Glider found on Red Ironbark tree in the Wildlife Refuge.

A pair of Sacred Kingfisher are nesting in a gum tree hollow at Sportsman Creek Conservation Area.

Image of a male bird with strong buff tint breast and blue wing coverts.

One of the most aerial and acrobatic of small birds chasing insects in the canopy and undergrowth. 

Images of a 25 mm solitary Australian native Resin-dauber Bee. They are called resin bees because they collect resins and gums to build partitions between their brood cells. With over one hundred Australian species they are not aggressive and stingless. Solitary native bees drink nectar directly from the flower and are important pollinators.

A rare sighting of  a hunting Square-tailed Kite floating effortlessly over flowering Ironbarks for parrots. These birds are considered rare and scattered across their entire range.

 

Plain green lorikeet with yellow margins to plumage of neck and breast giving a scaly appearance. Found feeding on Red Ironbark nectar and only seen here when the eucalypts are flowering.

 

Found in the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area. Observed feeding on the fruit or (drupe) of the Jackwood trees (Cryptocarya glaucescens) which fruit around June each year. These large 45cm birds fly far and fast in search of rainforest fruits. 

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