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janinerMon, 20/11/2017 - 4:57pm

If you own a moored boat it might be a good idea to check it out for seagull nests. There is one boat near Water Street that has not one, but two nests. Once the eggs have hatched, I don't have the heart to get rid of the birds. But beware, they make a terrible mess.

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janinerTue, 24/10/2017 - 12:37pm

In the last few years the recommended method for tick removal has totally changed. Do not use tweezers, metho or kerosene. Don't disturb the tick as this will squirt allergen into you!

Avoidance of tick bites is the best option.

This involves “dressing for the occasion” and the use of repellents.

If you are bitten by a tick, kill the tick where it is:

For small ticks (larvae and nymphs), use permethrin cream (scabies cream available at pharmacies) &

For adult ticks, freeze them with an ether-containing spray (available at pharmacies).

Wait for the...

Birds in the CovejaninerSat, 07/10/2017 - 4:00pm
Channel-billed cuckoo

Birds in the Cove

North Arm Cove sounds like an aviary at the moment. The gums are still in flower and all sorts of birds are feeding and nesting.

I heard the channel-billed cuckoo for the first time this spring on 17 September. The Eastern koel has also arrived.The minor birds are busy chasing these larger birds wherever they go, mainly as they are cuckoos who lay their eggs in the nests of other birds.

The local plover was fussing in the middle of the night on Friday, so I hope his sole surviving chick...

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janinerSun, 17/09/2017 - 9:19pm

The weather is warming up and the Cove has burst into bloom. Have a look at the website gallery for pictures of some of the wild flowers currently out in the bush. Earlier this week we had a good look along the tracks north of the village towards Bulga Creek. There are stacks of small bushes with flowers out in bloom, lots of yellow peas, purple boronias and white tea trees to name just a few. There are also quite a few orchids.

Earlier damage by developer
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peterfFri, 19/05/2017 - 6:56pm

An intense legal battle between the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and Mr Phillip Dong Fang Lee’s LDF Enterprise, the owner of an iconic 409-hectare waterfront site on Port Stephens’ northern shore, has resulted in defeat for Mr Lee.

At issue was the right of the OEH to enter the site, which stretches from Bundabah, to Fame Cove, to investigate the reported existence of Aboriginal heritage sites, including middens, and, if confirmed, to assess whether they have been damaged.

This assessment process was part of a wider effort by the NSW Government and MidCoast Council to...

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