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Welcome to the Ryde - Hunter's Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society.

The Society has been active in local conservation issues since 1966 and is well networked with the broader conservation movement across NSW.

The Society's Constitution states its Aims and Objectives as:

a. The education of the members and the community, particularly in the local area, in nature conservation and protection of the environment;

b. To promote ecologically sustainable land use and development;

c. To promote nature conservation including an adequate system of national parks, wilderness areas, nature reserves, wildlife refuges and corridors and urban bushland reserves; adequate protection measures for native wildlife;

d. Achieving satisfactory measures to safeguard the environment from all forms of pollution to ensure clean air, clean water and a healthy environment;

e. To work for the permanent retention and conservation of all natural areas in the local district and an increase in the area set aside for nature conservation and

f. To undertake the management of the Field of Mars Reserve with Ryde City Council as a major conservation project

We have a regular newsletter Wallumetta which is issued six times a year which attempts to update members on both local environmental issues and issues of wider impact. Our volunteer members keep the Visitors Centre open each weekend. Please contact us if you have concerns about threats to our local natural areas and the precious native fauna which depend on our sensitive bushland areas and waterways.

Black Snake, Strangers Creek
Black Snake sunning itself on path above Strangers Creek, mid-August

Bush Turkey at Visitor Cetre
The male bush turkeys are starting to make a nuisance of themselves around the visitor centre.

What's on

High Voltage Lines through Field of Mars Reserve

Your committee recently met with staff of Ausgrid and our concern has been that two of the possible routes for high voltage wires were overhead through the Field of Mars Reserve. For now, these have been taken off the plans, but a final decision is yet to be made. Attached to this email is the newsletter which is being distributed to letterboxes in the streets around which the possible routes are indicated. Ausgrid will hold two community sessions this week to present the various alternative plans and receive community feedback:
See attached newsletter: ER2TR Newsletter

Tuesday 23 August 2016, 4pm to 6pm (presentation from 4.15pm)
Thursday 25 August 2016, 6pm to 8pm (presentation from 6.15pm)
Venue for both meetings is Ryde Library, Corner of Pope and Devlin Streets, Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, Ryde.

Society members are needed to come to these meetings.

Saturday 3 September 2016, 10 am to 3 pm “Spring in the Field of Mars Reserve”

This open day will feature a variety of environmental displays, information and some bushwalks. See attached flier and invite your friends! Spring in the Field of Mars

For all people – young and old – there will be plenty to do, including:

This event is being organised by the RHHFFPS Activities Committee.

For further information and to book in to a guided bushwalk email or phone 98796067.

Monday 5 September, 6.30pm - 8.30 pm – “Black Hole” – an independent feature documentary

RHHFFPS is a member of the Lane Cove Coal and Gas Watch which is hosting a showing of Black Hole, an independent feature documentary about the fight to save the Leard State Forest in Northern NSW from Whitehaven’s Maules Creek Coal Mine. This will be held at the Lane Cove Library 139A Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066.
A flier about the evening is attached and which includes more information about the evening and movie.Black Hole
For further information please contact Cathy on 9817 4935

Saturday, Sunday 8, 9 October – Birdwatching Walks

at Field of Mars Reserve

This event is being organised by City of Ryde in conjunction with the RHHFFPS Activities Committee. More information will be provided later, in the lead up to the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.