Topknot Pigeon: Your Mullety Feathered Friend

Many of us living in cities are turning to our local parks and greenspaces as we socially distance ourselves and spend more time at home. Much of our native wildlife, particularly birds, also find refuge in these greenspaces. Occasionally, we get to see nomadic species who are following seasonally available food. One such nomad is … Continue reading Topknot Pigeon: Your Mullety Feathered Friend

Free as a Bird: Urban birds in the time of COVID-19

As the state and federal governments continue to restrict our movement and access to facilities to slow the spread of, and potentially eradicate COVID-19 in Australia, many of us living in cities are turning to our local parks and greenspaces for a reprieve from time otherwise spent in our homes. Greenspaces offer us space to … Continue reading Free as a Bird: Urban birds in the time of COVID-19

The Last Mangroves in the City: Jubilee Park Mangroves

By Charlotte Simpson-Young and Asa Wahlquist The Glebe Foreshore Walk has the only ‘mangrove forest’ in the City of Sydney. The little groups of mangroves can be found along the foreshore near at Federal Park and the border of Jubilee Park and Blackwattle Bay Park. The Bicentennial Park Stage 1 masterplan of 1987 originally proposed … Continue reading The Last Mangroves in the City: Jubilee Park Mangroves

Under the Terrace Houses: Glebe before European Settlement

By Charlotte Simpson-Young and Asa Wahlquist Many parts of Sydney have been altered so completely since European Settlement, that it is very hard to imagine what they would have once looked like. Here is a brief portrait of pre-settlement Glebe and Forest Lodge in Sydney’s inner west. By the Bay The Glebe and Forest Lodge … Continue reading Under the Terrace Houses: Glebe before European Settlement

Historical Palms at Jubilee Park

By Charlotte Simpson-Young and Asa Wahlquist On the east side of Jubilee Oval is a striking formal avenue of 26 Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis), or Phoenix Palms. It’s thought that they were planted in 1935. The Canary Island Palm was often used in early commemorative parklands and urban landscaping, particularly in the Inter-war … Continue reading Historical Palms at Jubilee Park

Where the River Meets the Sea: Glebe’s Coastal Saltmarsh

By Charlotte Simpson-Young and Asa Wahlquist Along Johnstons Creek and at Federal Park Wetlands you will find an example of coastal saltmarsh. This plant community occurs in the intertidal zone of estuaries and lagoons, and often on the inland sides of areas of mangroves. Here they find their preferred habitat of thick sediment and a … Continue reading Where the River Meets the Sea: Glebe’s Coastal Saltmarsh

A Concrete Creek: Glebe’s Johnstons Creek

By Charlotte Simpson-Young and Asa Wahlquist Like many creeks and coastlines in urban areas, Johnstons Creek and Rozelle Bay have been significantly changed from what it would have looked like before European settlement. Johnstons Creek once spread across the valley with mudflats, estuarine wetlands and mangrove forests. The original banks would have traced around what … Continue reading A Concrete Creek: Glebe’s Johnstons Creek

Biodiversity in Urban Sydney: the Glebe Foreshore Walk

By Charlotte Simpson-Young and Asa Wahlquist The residents and doggies of Sydney’s Inner West are lucky enough to have the Glebe Foreshore and the parks along it to picnic, walk, jog, and play fetch in. The 2.2 km Glebe Foreshore walk follows the shoreline of Blackwattle Bay and Rozelle Bay, through Blackwattle Bay, Bicentennial, Jubilee … Continue reading Biodiversity in Urban Sydney: the Glebe Foreshore Walk

Rethinking the Urban Forest

A cheesy forest metaphor seems appropriate when talking about how the inaugural 'Rethinking the Urban Forest Conference' came to be. Someone saw a need for greater conversation and collaboration if we are going to successfully green our urban areas, so they planted a seed. Addison Road Community Centre watered this seed, then gathered and planted … Continue reading Rethinking the Urban Forest