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Mantid lacewing. Photo: M Norman, Museum Victoria

30 January 2012

Philanthropy Australia Blog: Trust for Nature-applying an Indigenous lens to conservation

The Indigenous history of Neds Corner Station is as rich as its natural heritage. It is thought that the patterns of native plants and wildlife found by the first Europeans were shaped by Indigenous use of the region dating from about 13,000 years ago. The Murray River provided food for large communities of Indigenous people and areas like Neds Corner Station became important sites for trade and cultural ceremonies. Archaeological discoveries in the area continue to provide us with valuable insights into how the land was managed and the cultural significance it holds for Indigenous people...

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Indigenous flaked stone tool. Photo: P. Barnes, Trust for Nature

 

23 January 2012

The Age: Scientists find new world that's heaven for spiders, hell for ants

LARGE hairy spiders whose front resembles the intimidating grille of a Hummer. Ant spiders who mimic ants, look like ants, live with ants, and when they get hungry, eat ants. Dozens of plant species considered rare, vulnerable or endangered.

There are some of the largest huntsman spiders seen in Australia, including females measuring up to 20 centimetres wide-nearly half the width of a broadsheet newspaper page.

As environmental comebacks go, it is a particulary strong one. For these are just some of the highlights of an intensive biodiversity census conducted recently on one of the biggest privately owned properties in Victoria, Neds Corner, a 30,000-hectare property about an hour west of Mildura on the Murray River...

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Ant spider. Photo: M.Norman, Museum Victoria

A black seeded daisy was discovered, the first time the plant has been seen in Victoria. About 150 plant species were recorded on the property for the first time. Click here to read more about the black-seed daisy (Brachyscome melanocarpa) and click here to view it in Neds Corner Station herbarium.

Black-seed daisy (Brachyscome melanocarpa): Photo: V.Stajsic

 

9 January 2012

 

Neds Corner Station bursting with life!

Neds Corner Station is looking fabulous right now. About 45ml of rain fell before Christmas and another 12ml last weekend, promoting growth and new life. Recently, Neds Corner Manager, Peter Barnes, took these photos of a Twigg Emu-bush (Eremophila Polyclada), while working with volunteer, Val Barnes, on the Pine Paddock extension. The flowering was triggered by the recent rains.

Back in 2009, the same patch of plants were photographed as they were thought to be a good example of flowering, but the flowering is even more prolific now.  Neds Corner Station is bursting with life. Everything is breeding madly- tiny baby Button Quails are being seen and Emu's are on their third hatching since July 2011.

 

Eremophila Polyclada flowering, 2009

  Eremophila Polyclada flowering, 2012. Photos: P.Barnes, Trust for Nature

 

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