Koalas in My Backyard! or What is Biodiversity?

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We must be the change we wish to see in the world       ~ Mahatma Gandhi

One of the hats I wear in this lifetime is ‘Organic Farmer’. My husband and I have a strong commitment to food production that nurtures and values the land, and that uses no chemicals or harmful practices. We believe that protecting and restoring the land’s biodiversity results in healthy farms, healthy plants and animals, healthy humans and a healthy planet.

Apart from that, living like this just sits well with me.  Being on this farm, surrounded by a rich diversity of species is good for my soul. And we’re blessed to live in the Byron Shire, where many of our friends and neighbours share this view and have a commitment to the Earth.

So, what does biodiversity look like? I’d love to show you.

Grab a cup of tea and we’ll go for a stroll through the paddocks to see what we might discover.

Let’s go!  Tramp, tramp, tramp…



Look up.  You may need to squint. Sun, sorry.  Tawny Frogmouth and her chicks.



Butterfly on the lantana.


Grass, trees and sky.


Sleeping koala.  This one keeps us awake at night with his gruntiness.


Platypus, busy in the creek.


Black cockatoo, singing a mournful cry.


Green frog that lives in the stone wall under my kitchen window. Cute, huh?


Heritage citrus from the orchard – lemons, mandarins, oranges, tangellos, grapefruit.  Shall we pick some to take back and make a fresh juice?



Cedric the carpet snake who lives in the roof, right above my writing desk!


Chillax the possum, (named by a neighbour) and her bub.  She quite likes living in the shed.  Nice and dry, and warm on those cold nights.


More koalas. They’re breeding like rabbits.  Rabbits? Yes, we have those too, although the wedgetail eagle has cleaned up quite a few!



Owls – lots of owls…



Wallabies. They like to graze the orchard in the morning, and the river flats in the afternoons.

Pademelons – also known as garden thieves!

Gus, the water dragon.  He ate all my goldfish, but how can you stay mad at something so… Yeah, I’m still mad at him.

I could go on, but you’re probably getting tired from all this walking. No doubt you’ll need a restorative cup of tea and a tasty snack, back on my veranda.

Dogs? Yes.  We have those too.  These are the domesticated variety. Sadly, I still haven’t taught them to vacuum or do dishes yet.

You’ll have to come back again.  There’s still so much left to show you.  Now, how about that cuppa? The chocolate brownies are delicious aren’t they. Do you want the recipe?

Heavenly Chocolate Brownie Recipe

I’m so glad you came to visit ♥  xx