Banksia are in flower at the moment.

Pittwater Council has created the first online biodiversity calendar for NSW.

From their website – “This is an image-based atlas for the coastal communities of Pittwater, Hornsby and Gosford. It includes seasonal information on native plants, animals and birds found in these communities. The calendar also includes Indigenous content, information on weed species, weather patterns and community events.”

Pittwater Council will hold 6 community events to, “engage people to see nature through ‘nature’s eyes’ ie, actual seasonal shifts and changes, rather than calendar months. These events will also promote local environmental groups, activities and events for people to become interested in.”  The Council is asking the community to supply photographic images of the flora & fauna to be included in the calendar.

This is a brilliant & innovative idea that will engage the community as well as creating a fantastic database. Even though it is for the Pittwater area, many of the plants are growing locally in Marrickville LGA making it a very useful resource for those interested.

It would be nice if Marrickville Council could do something similar & work with the community to create it.  There is so many knowledgeable people in this area & almost everyone carries a camera these days.  See – http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/environment/biocalendar

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