Monthly Archives: July 2011

Death on the beaches

South Ballina Beach is a wild stretch of coastline, especially in winter. It takes a bit of effort to get there – over the Richmond River by ferry – so fewer people go there. It’s mostly frequented by beach fishermen … Continue reading

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Cane toad strikes out for New Zealand!

Not content with conquering the north of Australia, and slowly making its way to the south, the cane toad (Bufo marinus) seems to have set its sights on our neighbour across the ditch, New Zealand. I’d seen the silver gulls … Continue reading

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Steve lives! (part 2)

“When I visited the ‘Steve Irwin Zoo’, now ‘Australia Zoo’, I was confronted by the tigers. My reaction was to think what have they to do with preserving etc. Australian mammals. A short while later I rethought it and realised … Continue reading

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Steve lives!

“I always had the impression that he was all a big bluff and a publicity hound.” “A lunatic!” “Rolling of the eyes and changing channels.” “All of us thought he was over the top.” “I gave him more respect as … Continue reading

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Relishing the reptiles

Bear with me before I get to the reptiles. There’s a bit of backstory. I had heard on the radio on Saturday morning that Ballina Marine Rescue was holding a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training morning, which members of the public … Continue reading

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The weeds and the wilderness

Once again, I’ve been proofreading the thirdly (is that a word? – not quarterly but three times a year) newsletter of the Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare group. The editor does a great job of pulling together or writing articles on … Continue reading

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A small selection of bivalves

I’m not really ‘clued up’ on bivalves, but there are a lot on the rock platform, washed up in pieces on the beach and even living under the sand or mud (razor clams, ouch!), so I probably should get to … Continue reading

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