News: Huge new conservation reserve for South Australia

Witchelina is a vast conservation area in the arid heartland of South Australia. At more than 4,200 square kilometres, it is the largest property ever purchased for the National Reserve System through Caring for our Country.

Bacteria boosting Acacias


Bacteria boosted wattles help 're-green' Australia

Re-planting areas cleared of native vegetation is difficult and time consuming but critical to addressing dryland salinity and biodiversity loss on farm land. 
Scientists in the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research (CPBR) have found a way to improve establishment rates and performance of newly planted wattles by using a soil bacterium called Bradyrhizobium.


Birds Of Our Area - Superb Fairy Wren

Birds Of Our Area  - Superb Fairy Wren

The Superb Fairy-wren is the most widespread of the ten species of Fairy-wren, which are found only in Australia. Fairy-wrens are not closely related to the wrens of the northern hemisphere. The Superb Fairy-wren is found in south-eastern Australia, south from the Tropic of Capricorn through to the south-eastern corner of South Australia. It is an abundant species and was once common in urban areas, although it now appears to be disappearing from major cities.

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

Scientific name: Podargus strigoides
Family: Podargidae
Order: Caprimulgiformes

A close encounter

A close encounter

The Willie Wagtail

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 Willie Wagtail

Scientific name: Rhipidura leucophrys
Family: Dicruridae
Order: Passeriformes

 What does it look like?

Saving Macquarie Island

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Since cats were eradicated earlier this decade, rabbit and rodent numbers have exploded on the world heritage listed island.

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Nitrogen Cycle


Nature's Interconnectedness

Obviously, without nitrogen, life as we know it on Earth is simply impossible! 

How plants absorb nitrogen from Jim Conrad..............

The Red Fox

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The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a medium-sized carnivore native to North America, most of Asia, and parts of North Africa. It is the largest of the true fox species and has the widest natural range of any terrestrial carnivore. It was deliberately introduced in Victoria to provide sport for hunters in the 1860s, and spread rapidly, reaching Southwest Western Australia by 1917.

Roosting Boxes for Bats

Lesser Long-eared Bat

The greater Adelaide area was inhabited by nine species of bats before European settlement, and all nine still exist today, albeit in smaller numbers. Bats are still considered common in South Australia but because they are active at night and make sounds beyond the range of human hearing, we sometimes overlook them.

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