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WWF Living Planet Report

This year’s edition is the most comprehensive finding to date and provides a platform for the best science, cutting-edge research and diverse voices on the impact of humans on the health of our Earth. More than 50 experts from academia, policy, international development and conservation organisations have contributed. WWF’s Living Planet Report 2022 shows the scale of the challenge – and highlights what we can do, both here in Australia and around the world, to change the way we live.

The future of the planet is in our hands.

Key findings from WWF’s Living Planet Report 2022 include:

  • Global wildlife populations fell by 69%, on average, between 1970 and 2018.
  • Australia continues to have the most mammal extinctions in the world. The report tells a disturbing story of continual decline of more than 1,100 wildlife populations in Australia due to pressures from climate change, habitat destruction and introduced predators.
  • Populations of sharks and rays have dropped by 71% worldwide over the last 50 years due to fishing practices.There has been a 64% reduction in Australian sea lion pups born each year in South and Western Australia.
  • Combined koala populations have plummeted by 50% over 20 years in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
  • Globally, landuse change is still the biggest current threat to nature, destroying or fragmenting the natural habitats of many plant and animal species on land, in freshwater and in our oceans.
  • If we cannot limit global warming to 1.5°C, climate change will likely become the dominant cause of biodiversity loss in the coming decades.
  • Australia must set strong nature laws, become a world leader in forest protection and climate action, and respect and acknowledge the stewardship of Indigenous Australians to care for Country. With the right conservation effort, commitment, investment and expertise, wildlife and wild places can be brought back from the brink.

The Living Planet Report includes the latest findings measured by the Living Planet Index, tracking 32,000 populations of 5,230 mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish from 1970-2018. This includes more than 1,100 populations in Australia.

Read the full report

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Environmental Education Walks and Talks

The Great Southern Bioblitz

Friends of Berowra Valley ran a fun event as part of the Great Southern Bioblitz on Sunday 30th October. Around 25 citizen scientists recorded the amazing diversity of Stringybark Ridge, Pennant Hills using the iNaturalist app.

A combination of power users and people new to the app ensured that the beautiful surrounding area was recorded. Each of these observations is fed into the Australian Atlas of Living Australia. This massive database is an invaluable tool for scientists and researchers.

Check out some of the amazing biodiversity in our project for the Berowra Valley Catchment.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/berowra-valley-catchment

For more info on iNaturalist.

https://www.friendsberowravalley.org.au/citizen-science-inaturalist/

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Environmental Education

Can You Spot a Platypus?

Australian Conservation Foundation are running a project to try and spot Platypus.

Sign up to take part

Platypus are very elusive and Hornsby Shire Council, Friends of Berowra Valley, Still Creek Landcare and Streamwatch are applying for grant funding to do eDNA testing in creeks in the Hornsby Shire.

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Do you know the threatened species in your electorate?

A collaboration between conservation scientists and interaction designers has resulted in a great website to help know about the threatened species in your electorate.

Check out this web app called Threatened Australians that identifies all of the threatened species in an electorate.

Berowra has 26 threatened animals and 36 threatened plants within its boundaries. Put pressure on your state MP Matt Kean and Federal MP Julian Leeser to ensure that there is a Recovery Plan in place.

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Environmental Education Walks and Talks

Koala’s and Platypuses are Close By

The Friends of Berowra Valley ran a talk on the 7th May on our local koala population. Our speakers were volunteers associated with the local koala population initiative the Hornsby-Hills Rural Koala Project. They have been running an amazing program aimed at encouraging the health, protection and population increase of koalas in the Glenorie/Maroota/Arcadia/Hornsby areas.  With the help of camera traps and song meters they have been listening out for koalas.

We also heard from the Cattai Hills Environment Network on the local platypus eDNA testing at Cattai Creek.

Pat, Rae, Ken, Petra, Danielle, Karen, Lily, Benjamin and Brad all helped run this community event.
Danielle from the Cattai-Hills Environment Network
Pat from the Hornsby-Hills Rural Koala Project

Thanks to everyone to came, it was a great educational event including a cuppa and biscuits at the lovely Mt Colah Hall.

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Advocacy Environmental Education Walks and Talks

Celebrating local environment and community – Berowra Fauna Fair

The Friends of Berowra Valley launched the inaugural Berowra Fauna Fair celebrating all the marvellous creatures with whom we share our bushland home. On Saturday the 19th March the Berowra District Hall was a hub of fauna based activity, including guided walks, a display of live frogs, native plants for sale from the Australian Plant Society with afternoon tea provided by the CWA. Throughout the event there were talks by experts on bats, birds, frogs, turtles, koalas and bees.

The day officially commenced with a very special Welcome to Country by Erin. This was followed by a day of presentations from world-class wildlife experts and ecologists. The line-up was outstanding. Visitors were able to also speak one-on-one with our experts at their displays.

Thank you to the CWA for your beautiful scones and sandwiches. The money raised by the CWA is going directly toward flood relief.

You could feel the community spirit in the room. It was so nice to see everybody come out and enjoy a great day together. We are also so blessed to live in an area surrounded by such a special natural environment.

We look forward to our next special event on Koalas at Mt Colah in May 2022.

Thanks again to all who attended and the amazing presenters and stall holders.

Hon Matt Kean MP and Friends of Berowra Valley Patron and Brad Crossman, Event Coordinator
Mayor Philip Ruddock
Kathy Potter Secretary and Event Organiser
Bev Young of Sydney Wildlife Rescue