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VIDEO: Beauty in nature: How to make a mandala box

Sometimes the simplest of ideas using materials from nature can provide the best of fun, whilst at the same time unlocking a child’s in-built creativity. Even better, by providing children with objects directly from nature they can learn to appreciate and seek out the incredible diversity and beauty that can be found outside if they …

VIDEO: Back from the Brink – Part 1: The Swamp Tea Tree (Melaleuca irbyana)

Following on from a previous article titled ‘Extinction is forever – and it is happening all around us‘ we wanted to follow up throughout 2017 on a much more positive note: by undertaking a series of videos which showcase the incredible work of so many people, who put in tireless efforts to try and reverse …

VIDEO: Native stingless bees – Rescue and recovery (Part 4)

In this video (part 4 of 5 videos) we watch as Mark and Kieran work together to cut the tree that contains a native bee hive so that it can be safely and carefully relocated away from the clearing works that would have otherwise have seen this hive destroyed. In this case the skilled work …

VIDEO: Native stingless bees – Rescue and recovery (Part 3)

In this third video of the series, Kieran shows how the native beehive is prepared in the field for translocation away from its current site, which is due to be cleared for development. In this way the bees, and any other fauna located in this area will be carefully relocated to another location prior to …

VIDEO: Outdoor play – simple and valuable

In our modern times it is an unfortunate fact that many children are missing out on the benefits of outdoor play. As time moves on researchers are increasingly finding that children benefit in so many ways by getting back outside and into nature as they develop, learn and grow (click here to read an interesting …

VIDEO: Native stingless bees – Rescue and recovery (Part 2)

Welcome back to our video series all about the translocation of a hive of native stingless bees. This is part 2 of a five part series (click on these links to see Part 1, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5). In this video Kieran runs through what equipment he is preparing for the rescue and …

VIDEO: Native stingless bees – Rescue and recovery (Part 1)

Did you know that Australia has it’s very own native bees? They are much smaller and harder to spot than the traditional honey bees that have been introduced here, nor do they deliver the sometimes nasty sting that their Europen cousins do. In fact our native bees are a critically important part of the ecological …

VIDEO: Why not try growing finger limes – a native citrus

Did you know that Australia has its very own species of native citrus? In fact there are a total of six different Aussie citrus species but the most well known is without a doubt the finger lime. The Australian finger lime (Citrus australasica) is becoming an increasingly popular and sought after ingredient in the culinary world …

VIDEO: An endangered oasis – Swamp Tea-tree forest of South-east Qld

The Swamp Tea-tree (Melaleuca irbyana) Forest of South East Queensland has been listed under federal legislation as being ‘Critically Endangered’ as a result of this community having been extensively cleared from its natural range. Find out more information about this listing here. Join Mark as he visits one of the remaining remnants of this unique …

VIDEO: Our beautiful water birds – take a closer look

The Gold Coast is blessed with a huge network of of waterways and lake systems of both fresh and salt water, and even better, many are teeming with wildlife. In this video Rochelle shares an up close and personal glimpse of a few of our native water birds that are living in the freshwater lake …

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