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Superb fairy wren

Keeping small birds in Glebe

The Glebe Society received grant funding from the City of Sydney for a project aimed at community education and habitat conservation for Superb Fairy-wrens (known as Blue Wrens) in the Glebe/Forest Lodge area. A sub-committee of the Glebe Society was established to manage the project.



Posts about Glebe’s Blue Wrens

Glebe’s Hill: Bunyip Tails? What the cameras saw
Posted on 1st July 2024

Join us for the next instalment of the Innovation and Ideas grant project on the biodiversity of Glebe’s Hill – a ‘walkshop’ with Prof. Dieter Hochuli and Genevieve Heggarty titled: Exploring Glebe’s wild spaces – the fauna and flora of The Hill and Johnstons Creek.

More green time, less screen time – better health outcomes
Posted on 1st July 2024

The Society’s 8th biodiversity lecture in May was an informative and entertaining lecture entitled Regenerative Cities and Flourishing Communities: why more trees might mean less loneliness and better health by Professor Thomas Astell-Burt. He shared his knowledge and enthusiasm for the importance of nature and well-designed green space for improving the health of the world’s city-dwellers.

News from the Blue Wrens: June 2024
Posted on 29th May 2024

Work continues on the Innovations and Ideas Grant and there is noticeable activity of small birds around ‘The Hill’. Bushcare volunteers attended a planting day held by the Orphan School Creek Bushcare Group (led by Judy Christie) and more activities are planned. Anna Szanto, leader of the Glebe Palmerston and Surrounds Landcare Group, reports on the state of the Palmerston Street area and Nick Sangster notes that in Harold Park the Casuarinas on the eastern side of Johnstons Creek have still not been removed.

News from Blue Wren Subcommittee: May 2024
Posted on 1st May 2024

The Society’s 8th Annual Biodiversity Lecture will be given by Thomas Astell-Burt. Blue Wren members met with Charlotte Fletcher who is City of Sydney’s new Urban Ecology Coordinator who oversees natural resources. She is also the Grant Relationship Manager for the Society’s Innovation and Ideas Grant, which is funding the University of Sydney’s study of Glebe’s Hill. There are concerns about an invasion of casuarinas on the eastern side of Johnstons Creek.

Society’s 8th annual biodiversity lecture
Posted on 27th March 2024

The Society’s annual biodiversity lecture will this year be delivered by Professor Thomas Astell-Burt on Wednesday 29 May 2024. His talk will be on ‘Regenerative Cities and Flourishing Communities: why more trees might mean less loneliness and better health’. Book now.

Glebe’s Hill, viewed across Johnstons Creek

Work underway on the Glebe’s Hill biodiversity project
Posted on 27th March 2024

The grant cheque is in the bank and the Glebe’s Hill biodiversity research project is ready to go. Andrew Wood sets out the work plan for the project, including opportunities for local community members to get involved.

Amorbus Alternatus, a ‘Eucalyptus Tip-wilter Bug’

A nymph at Orphan School Creek!
Posted on 28th February 2024

Have you spotted one of our colourful denizens? Amorbus Alternatus.

From the Blue Wrens, March 2024
Posted on 28th February 2024

An update from the busy Blue Wren’s group and Bushcare volunteers.

King Parrots discover Orphan School Creek
Posted on 28th November 2023

Rare visitors to Glebe and Forest Lodge. King Parrots discover Orphan School Creek

Update on Innovation and Ideas Grant: The Hill project

Update on Innovation and Ideas Grant: The Hill project
Posted on 28th November 2023

By Andrew Wood, convenor, Blue Wren subcommittee, Bulletin 10/2023, December At last, some good news – on Wednesday 15 November the final contract (Approval Temporary Access over Council Land) to permit the start of work on the Innovation and Ideas Grant was signed by the City of Sydney and the Society. It will enable the […]

Glebe Forest Lodge Bird Survey Report 2023
Posted on 30th October 2023

The bird watchers of the Blue Wren Subcommittee were out early for the Glebe Forest Lodge annual bird survey. The brush turkeys went missing.

The Craney Grant – helping bees thrive!
Posted on 1st November 2023

At the Crescent Early Learning Centre kids are learning about the birds and the bees, with the support of a Craney Grant.

News from the Blue Wren Subcommittee, October 2023
Posted on 5th October 2023

Glebe Public School reports a great outcome from the Craney Small Grants Program. They’ve been able to purchase new bush tucker plants and gardening equipment, resulting in a transformed outdoor space that will benefit students’ education and connection with nature.

Blue Wren Subcommittee Annual Report 2022-2023
Posted on 27th August 2023

This year, the tenth annual Glebe/Forest Lodge spring bird survey counted birds in 10 different locations. 33 different bird species were identified, equally the highest diversity of species recorded over the last 10 years. The two most common birds were again the native Noisy Miner and the Rainbow Lorikeet.

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!

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.

Updates from the volunteer bushcare groups
Posted on 27th March 2023

The volunteer bushcare groups have been busy and have some advice on how to stop your moggy attacking birds.

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.

Society wins grant to investigate Glebe’s Hill as urban wildlife refuge
Posted on 15th December 2022

Great news from the Blue Wren Subcommittee! The Society has been awarded a City of Sydney Innovation and Ideas Grant to investigate Glebe’s Hill potential as a site of the City’s first urban wildlife refuge.

Glebe, naturally…
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.

Superb fairy wren

Blue Wren Subcommittee 2022 Annual Report
Posted on 11th September 2022

The sighting of a superb fairy wren in a Glebe garden in early 2022 was a cause for great celebration by the Blue Wren Subcommittee. This last year, the Subcommittee continued its work on habitat as well as the annual Spring Bird Survey, the annual Biodiversity Lecture, the Craney Small Grant and many hours of volunteering by the Bushcare teams. Add to that the Subcommittee’s input on planning around The Hill, a wildlife corridor, Council’s Street Tree Plan and local Crown Lands.

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.

Craney Small Grant connects SDN Child Care Centre kids with the bush
Posted on 9th August 2022

SDN Child Care Centre in Glebe St have planted a vertical garden of native plants, with the support of a Craney Small Grant. It stimulated the problem-solving skills of the children having to deal with too much rain, not enough sun and visits from local possums.

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.

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