Box-Gum Woodland Photography Competition

Box Gums Road – Tony Green Grand Prize Winner 2021 Musk Lorikeets – Tony Green First Prize Winner Flora and Fauna Black Jezabel on Mistletoe – Tony Green Highly Commended Flora and Fauna People 1 – Quentin Dignam First Prize Winner People in Box Gum Woodlands Hazel in over her Head – Chloe Parkins Highly Commended People in Box Gum Woodlands White Box Gums in a Row – Angelina Nelson First Prize Winner Landscape In The Paddock – Erica Gidley- Baird Highly Commended Landscape      After the Rain – Veronica Filby First Prize Winner Creative      Hole – Cora Gidley Baird Highly Commended Creative      Flame 2 – David Godden Circle – Cora Gidley-Baird Just Enjoying the Shade – Cora Gidley Baird Big Sister, Little Sister – David Godden Box Gum Floor Coverings – Denise Kane Ballerina – David Godden Patterns – Erica Gidley-Baird Looking Up – Erica Gidley-Baird Walking Track – Haley Robinson Ants – Haley Robinson Old Tree – Haley Robinson Looking Through the Tree – Haley Robinson Box Woodland Back Roads of the New England – Karen Zirkler Eucalyptus Galls – Paul Moxon Moore Creek Caves Morning Light – Paul Moxon Pink with Dew – Paul Moxon Seed Collecting – Jean Coady Woodland Planting – Paul Moxon Goanna Angrophora – Quentin Dignam Pardalote – Quentin Dignam People 2 – Quentin Digman Box Gum Farmland – Tony Green Red Rumped Parrot – Tony Green Nature’s Playground Veronica Filby Sunset Light over Box Gum Woodlands – Angelina Nelson Blue Bonnet Red Vented Snack Time – Denise Kane Box Gum Mistletoe Magic – Denise Kane Rocket Ship – David Godden Home – Veronica Filby

What is Box-Gum Woodland? 

A Box-Gum Woodland is a critically endangered ecological community, an open grassy woodland characterised by the presence or prior occurrence of White Box (E. albens), Yellow Box (E. melliodora) or Blakely’s Red Gum (E. blakelyi). It has a ground layer of native tussock grasses and herbs, and a sparse, scattered shrub layer. The community is an important habitat for a wide range of threatened animals, particularly in communities where there are old, large trees with hollows. Examples include Koala, Squirrel Glider, Barking Owl, Superb and Swift Parrots and the Regent Honeyeater.

Why is it important?

Areas of Box-Gum Woodlands have been drastically reduced since colonisation, with what remains often degraded and highly fragmented. Data suggests less than 5% intact remnants remain of an area which once covered roughly a third of eastern Australia, from central Queensland all the way down to Victoria. Box-Gum Woodland is under continued threat from clearing, timber and firewood cutting, grazing, weeds and disturbance.

How can I tell if I’m in a Box-Gum Woodland?

  • Is the site on the Western Slopes and Plains or Tablelands?
  • Does the site contain, or would it have been likely to have contained White Box, Yellow Box or Blakely’s Red Gum?
  • Is the ground layer mainly grassy?
  • If the site is degraded, is there potential for assisted regeneration of the tree layer and understorey (e.g by removing grazing, weeds etc)? 

If the answer is Yes to the above questions, you are more than likely to be in a  Box-Gum Woodland.

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