Sharing the raingarden joy

The raingarden‘s vine has provided us with great shade from our horrible, hot summer, and come March, it has provided us with a bumper crop of grapes that we have struggled to keep up with. As we reach the end of the season, the local lorikeets have discovered them. They…

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Melbourne Water bug database now available

We have worked with Melbourne Water to collate their collection of macroinvertebrate assemblage records from streams of the Greater Melbourne region over the last 25 years into a database, and have made it available and searchable on an open-access web interface (https://tools.thewerg.unimelb.edu.au/mwbugs/). This rich resource of biological information has been…

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A spring raingarden update

I’ve added another entry to my raingarden diary today,  primarily spurred by (an old picture of) the raingarden featuring on the front cover of the current issue of ReNew magazine.  (I see that the issue includes an article by friend of urbanstreams.net, Peter Coombes, on the performance of the rainwater harvesting…

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Catchment extractor app updated

I took a little time today to update the catchment extractor app.  It now runs a little faster (you still have to be patient for large catchments like that of the lower Yarra); downloading of MapInfo files works again (having been out of action for a while); and a couple of…

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Avoiding rather than offsetting urban stream biodiversity losses

Biodiversity offsets are a popular policy tool to atone for the damage done by land development. Trouble is, they often don’t achieve their stated aims of ‘offsetting’ the development’s biodiversity losses with conservation gains elsewhere.  The problem is amplified if the animals and plants you are trying to protect live…

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