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I've been a Canberran since moving here from Adelaide on the first day of 1980. I now live in suburban Duffy with my partner Louise Maher, ABC 666 radio and on-line journalist. Among my early memories is following Sleepy Lizards (Shinglebacks) around the paddocks north of Adelaide, guarded by the faithful bull terrier. I have always been passionate about the natural world, trying to understand how it works, how the nature of Australia came to be, and sharing those understandings. My especial passions are birds, orchids and mammals. For much of my life I have been a full-time naturalist, running bush tours, writing books etc, doing consultancies, presenting a regular radio slot on local ABC, chairing a government environment advisory committee and running adult education classes. Recently I have eased back somewhat, but am still writing, teaching, doing some radio work and running overseas tours - as part of my fascination with our Gondwanan origins I've been running tours to South America for the past decade. I was awarded the Australian Plants Society Award in 2001 and the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2006, both for services to education and conservation. In January 2018 I was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for 'service to conservation and the environment'.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

On This Day, 3 October: Namadgi National Park declared

In 1984, after 24 years of determined community research and lobbying, by the National Parks Association of the ACT in particular, Namadgi National Park was gazetted by the Federal Government (this was before self-government for the Australian Capital Territory). It now protects 107,000 hectares of mostly mountainous country, especially the Brindabella Ranges, which represent the northern-most extension of the Australian Alps system; this is some 45% of the southern and western parts of the territory. Rather than give you more details now of this superb park, the peaks of which are visible, often snow-capped in winter, from the city, I'll just introduce you to it here with a series of images; I realise that I'm not very good at taking landscape photos, a flaw which I must rectify in the future!
Silver Snow Daisies, Celmisia sp., in mist

Showy Podolepis Daisy, Podolepis jaceoides

Hill Brachycome Daisies, Brachycome aculeata

Candlebark Gum, Eucalyptus rubida

Grevillea diminuta; a small shrub found in all the world along just a few kilometres
of the high Brindabellas

Brindabella Potato Orchid, Gastrodia entogamma; restricted to the Brindabellas

Mountain Sun Orchid, Thelymitra alpina

Bull Ant with honeybee

male Splendid Ghost Moth, Aenetus ligniveren

Australian Painted Lady, Vanessa kershawi, on Pimelea ligustrina
Blotched Bluetongue Lizard, Tiliqua nigrolutea
Much more on this wonderful park to come, especially as summer comes.


Anonymous said...

I am not a fan of the blue tongued lizards! We get the ordinary ones in our garden, and they give me the jitters, thinking the noise is a snake!
Your photos show a very spectacular place. I am pleased we have so many national parks in this country and this looks like superb spot.

Ian Fraser said...

Oh dear, we'll have to work on helping you to love lizards... (and snakes!) It's a stunning park, and if you're ever up this way I'd love to show it to you.