The name gives it away. Megaherbs are particularly large herbs. 'Carrots', 'cabbages' and giant diasies up to 1.5 meters tall with big, colourful flowerheads and leaves the size of dinner plates. They are only found on a handful of islands south of New Zealand in the middle of the Southern Ocean, in a zone between the temperate and the Antarctic. The sub-Antarctic. Here, extreme temperatures are not the main problem: rather, the near-constant wind, rain and general cloudiness make it challenging for both the plants and their pollinators.Read More
On our first morning, we awoke close to the Snares, with hopes of a zodiac cruise and Snares Crested Penguins. But 60 knot winds left that idea dead in the water. Instead, we headed onwards toward Auckland Island...
Fast foward 24 hours and we awoke to complete calm: the sun was rising, the wind was still, the waters of Ross Harbour were smooth, and everyone was smiling. It was going to be a good day.Read More
A few months ago I was lucky enough to be awarded an Enderby Trust scholarship. The Trust was set up by Rodney Russ, the founder of Heritage Expeditions, and the scholarship aims to provide young people with an opportunity to visit the sub-Antarctic and Antarctica, who otherwise wouldn't have the financial means. The scholarship pays for 70% of the Heritage Expeditions voyage fare, and the recipients pay the rest. For all four of us scholarship recipients who went on this voyage, it was a rare opportunity to visit an amazing part of the world which, but for the scholarship, we would not have been able to experience.Read More
Happy New Year to everyone! 2017 was a busy, exciting and productive year for me, and I'm really pleased with how my photography progressed. I was proud to get my first AG Nature Photographer of the year image, after many attempts, and I'm already aiming to get more in this year's competition. I travelled lots for my PhD fieldwork, saw heaps of cool orchids, and got a few photos along the way.Read More
This week, from the 12th to the 19th of November, is Australian Pollinator Week. It was created to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and of the recent declines in insect abundance. Say g'day to an insect, plant a flowering shrub, and don't use pesticides, and the indispensable insects may just survive.Read More