NWC – NSW Wildlife Council

"Achieving optimal outcomes for Australian wildlife"

‘Unsafe levels’ of biodiversity.

Global map reveals ‘unsafe levels’ of biodiversity across 58pc of Earth’s surface

Biodiversity has dropped below the “safe limit” across 58 per cent of the Earth’s surface, according to the most comprehensive analysis of global data to date.

Key points

  • Planet’s “safe limits” exceeded if less than 90 per cent abundance of original species or 80 per cent of those species is retained
  • Analysis found average local abundance of species across the world was 84.6 per cent
  • Other experts say study is a warning but more work needed to clarify

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After the east coast low

After our east coast low we have had a few emails from our groups about what has happened in NSW.

Gazza FAWNA

Gazza FAWNA

From FAWNA

I have 4 stir crazy joeys indoors….you can see how this one is suffering!
Outdoors, after 206mm rain we have rivers where usually no rivers flow….our district is well adapted to high rainfall so no problems on our part of the Mid North Coast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter Koala Preservation Society

Hunter Koala Preservation Society

From Hunter Koala Preservation Society

We did get a casualty from the storm, but thankfully there was no koala at home.

Search for animal bushfire survivors

Hunter Wildlife rescue groups have taken to scene of the recent Williamtown bushfire to search for any survivors.

They say native animals are particularly vulnerable in the warmer months, with many nursing young ones.

See the whole story at the NBN News Website

Wombat Code of Practice

News Flash – the Office of Environment and Heritage has approved the Wombat Code of Practice 2015

The Code has been produced by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). 

An initial draft of the Code was prepared by the NSW Wildlife Council and has been further developed in cooperation with member groups and observers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Wombat Protection Society, NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service and veterinary specialists at Taronga Zoo

The Lyme disease debate

A national study led by a Perth-based researcher could be one step closer to ending the Lyme disease debate in Australia for good.

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium – borrelia burgdoferi – passed on by ticks.

Prevalent in the United States and parts of Europe, it causes symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain and various neurological symptoms.

The Government and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) have not recognised the existence of Lyme disease in Australia.

Read more information here at the ABC website http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-17/study-could-end-lyme-disease-debate-in-australia/6860688 

Join the 2015 Koala Count

Help count koalas for conservation – join the 2015 national Koala Count!

The Koala Count is an innovative citizen science survey conducted annually by the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) that anyone can take part in! This year, the national survey will run from 7-22 November. By participating in this count, you help to build a more comprehensive picture of koala numbers and locations across Australia. The survey is repeated each year over the same period to show trends in koala populations, movement and habitat use over time. (more…)