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Holy Owl!

June 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Updates

By JAMES WOODFORD Sometimes, no matter how much your family needs you, going straight home is not an option. In Tasmania masked owls are an endangered species – as few as 650 pairs are left. But on Lord Howe Island the Tasmanian race, the same sub-species of this raptor are absolutely thriving, living in densities […]

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PARADISE V. VERMIN: LORD HOWE’S WAR ON RATS

October 31st, 2009 · 7 Comments · News

Photos and Story by JAMES WOODFORD Entire populations of some of Lord Howe Island’s unique wildlife are to be herded and brought into captivity for their safety. Cattle and chickens will be slaughtered or sent away. Even though the threat is negligible, dogs will be muzzled and children brought close. Then for 100 days a […]

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Mr Foxy Whiskered Gentleman Your Days Are Numbered

July 11th, 2009 · 16 Comments · Blog

A swamp wallaby – one of the few native mammals surviving the fox invasion. Picture by Wil Allen Story by JAMES WOODFORD Having left Sydney five years ago, we have discovered that farms and forests are not just being over run by seachangers but also by a secret underworld of swarms of exotic pests. In […]

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Rattus evictus: rodent eradication leads to new lease of life for island haven

November 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments · News

Story and Pictures by James Woodford See Stuart Cohen’s Flickr site – a fantastic collection of Brush Island photos from this week’s expedition After a night trying to sleep amidst thousands of feathered revellers, seabird scientist, Nicholas Carlile, says it is as if Brush Island has just survived a huge, impromptu party. Uninhabited by humans, the […]

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