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Rohan Clarke

New research shows planting trees and shrubs brings woodland birds back to farms, from superb fairy wrens to spotted pardalotes

Increasing revegetation from 1% to 10% of the landscape doubled the number of woodland bird species. The collective efforts of landowners can make a real difference for native wildlife.
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Destroying vegetation along fences and roads could worsen our extinction crisis — yet the NSW government just allowed it

Under a new code, rural landholders in NSW will be allowed to clear up to 25 metres of land outside their property boundary. This will be devastating for the wildlife that live or migrate there.
Rodd’s star hair (Astrotricha roddii) an Endangered NSW shrub. Gavin Phillips/NSW DPIE, Saving Our Species

Australia-first research reveals staggering loss of threatened plants over 20 years

Australia’s plants help make our landscapes unique. But many are in grave danger of extinction, and in many cases, the problem is getting worse.
The Tasmanian tiger is among the best known of our extinct species, but researchers have now revealed the extent of the crisis. TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Scientists re-counted Australia’s extinct species, and the result is devastating

New research has revealed 100 plant and animal species have become extinct in the past two centuries – a far higher number than previously thought.
Left, farmer Ian Turnbull being who was convicted of murdering compliance officer Glen Turner. Right, Mr Turner’s partner Alison McKenzie outside court. Tensions over land clearing can have tragic consequences. AAP/DAN HIMBRECHTS

Farmers, murder and the media: getting to the bottom of the city-country divide

Politicians and the media often stoke tensions between the city and the country. Nowhere is this more common than on the issue of land clearing – and the consequences can be tragic.

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