The Glebe Society has had a strong commitment to environmental issues since its foundation, but the emphasis has changed over the years, in line with changing concerns in society generally. In the early years the focus was on ‘greening Glebe’ with encouragement of both public parks and private gardens. More recently, issues of sustainability and […]
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The Hill: HAZMAT clothing required
Posted on 31st July 2023
The Blue Wren Subcommittee is considering asking City of Sydney Council to allow the employment of an asbestos assessor to deal with contamination issues while installing wildlife monitoring devices.
The Blue Wrens Report – July 2023
Posted on 26th June 2023
The Glebe’s Hill research collaboration has hit a snag – due to contamination, the researchers must wear HAZMAT gear!
Event report: Unravelling Glebe Hill’s biodiversity secrets and potential
Posted on 29th May 2023
Learn about the Glebe Society’s collaboration with Prof. Dieter Hochuli’s Integrative Ecology group to study the biodiversity of one of Glebe’s forgotten places
News from the Blue Wrens, June 2023
Posted on 31st May 2023
Find out what the Glebe Society’s ecology arm, the Blue Wren Subcommittee, has been up to over the last month.
Glebe’s Hill and its flora and fauna
Posted on 29th April 2023
Learn more about the study of the fauna and flora of Glebe’s Hill, on Sunday 7 May. The Hill is a patch of contaminated crown land on the northern side of the Tramsheds. A City of Sydney grant to the Society will fund an investigation by biological scientists from the University of Sydney.
Unravelling the biodiversity secrets and potential of ‘The Hill’
Posted on 26th March 2023
How will the biosleuths discover the fauna and flora living on ‘The Hill’ on the northern side of the Tramsheds? Find out at a free talk on 7 May 2023.
News from the Blue Wrens
Posted on 27th February 2023
‘The Hill’ is a fenced-off area of contaminated Crown land on the northern side of the Tramsheds at Forest Lodge. The Glebe Society has successfully applied for a grant from the City of Sydney to sponsor the recording of wildlife with a view to creating an undisturbed urban nature refuge in the Johnstons Creek corridor, where plants and native wildlife are protected from disturbance.
Posted on 30th November 2022
33 different bird species were identified during this year’s spring bird survey in Glebe and Forest Lodge, including a tawny frogmouth, lots of lorikeets and magpies, herons, tree martins and red wattlebirds. Two brush turkeys have recently been spotted building their characteristic mounds.
News from the Blue Wren Subcommittee
Posted on 20th September 2022
Recent Bushcare, Landcare and biodiversity news, including the upcoming bird survey and recent plantings in Federal Park and at the Palmerston steps off Ferry Road.
‘The Hill’ as a future wildlife refuge: Meeting with City of Sydney
Posted on 8th September 2022
Representatives of the Glebe Society and City of Sydney met recently to inspect ‘The Hill’, a fenced-off area of contaminated land between the Tramsheds and Jubilee Park station. While it currently contains a lot of weedy trees and rubbish, it has great potential to become a flourishing urban wildlife refuge.
What and where is ‘The Hill’?
Posted on 9th August 2022
‘The Hill’ is a fenced-off area of contaminated Crown land on the northern side of the Tramsheds near the Jubilee Park light rail station. The site of a local garbage tip in the 1890s, the Glebe Society has recommended that it should become an undisturbed urban nature refuge.
News from our volunteer bushcare groups
Posted on 9th August 2022
A round-up (no pun intended) of the activities of the Glebe Society’s Bushcare Groups.
Preschoolers get up close to invertebrates in the classroom
Posted on 6th July 2022
Last year, courtesy of a grant from the Glebe Society, Explore and Develop Annandale Early Learning Centre acquired several new invertebrates. The animals were quickly adopted into the school menagerie.
The raison d’être of the Glebe Society
Posted on 9th October 2022
Reflections written in 2010 (with some factual updates since) on the social and economic conditions in Glebe in the 1960s and the factors that saw the birth of the Glebe Society. In the intervening 50 years, the changing demographics of Glebe have also played a role, arguably both positive and negative. By long term Glebe Society member and former Planning Convenor, Neil Macindoe.
Environmental news from the Blue Wren Subcommittee
Posted on 6th April 2022
The Glebe Society’s annual biodiversity lecture will this year feature Professor Dieter Hochuli talking on ‘How nature survives and thrives in urban environments, and why it matters for the future of our cities’. It is on 25 May. Also read news from the Glebe bushcare groups.