Swooping alert, it’s nesting season!

August 11, 2023Posted in: Corporate Affairs

Picture of a magpie

Watch out for protective plovers and swooping magpies! Late Winter to Early Spring is nesting season for many native birds, so give them a wide berth and think about wearing headgear and sunglasses to help deter bombing behaviours. “Not all birds swoop and those that do are only being protective parents. They swoop anything that...

Grant gives Wingecarribee’s Wombat Man ‘eyes in the field’

July 10, 2023Posted in: Community

John Creighton holding the wombat he is treating

Overrun with the demands of wombat rescues and care across Wingecarribee Shire, Wombat Man, John Creighton, says having ‘eyes in the field’ has been a game-changer. Twelve night vision cameras are now in use to support Wombat Care Bundanoon’s tireless conservation efforts. A life-saving leap forward, made possible by grand funding through Council’s Community Assistance...

Take the Turtle Tour

May 26, 2023Posted in: Environment

Turtle on the Ground

The Southern Highlands Community now has another opportunity to contribute towards the preservation of our valuable wildlife. New South Wales is home to 7 species of native freshwater turtle, two of which are found nowhere else, and by taking our local Turtle Tour you can get involved in their protection as a Citizen Scientist! May...

Nesting season arrives for native birdlife

August 22, 2022Posted in: Community, Environment

Close up magpie with head tilted, looking at camera

Springtime may herald new blooms and blossoms but for much of our native birdlife, it also signals the start of nesting season. During nesting season, which generally runs over six to eight weeks, parent birds will often exhibit protective behaviour to shield their nest and hatchlings. As their new season young hatch, magpies and plovers...

Invitations open to join bushland recovery programs

September 10, 2020Posted in: Environment

Land for Wildlife sign and burnt landscape

Wingecarribee Shire Council is encouraging residents and landholders to join a Council-led private land conservation initiative in the wake of the ‘Black Summer’ bushfires. Council’s Environment Officer Margot Law explained how Highlanders could help restore the Shire’s native habitat. “Last year over 64,000 hectares of our Shire’s bushland was burnt in the catastrophic bushfires,” she...