Help us help the bush – photograph weeds

Community groups which support the Blue Mountains Bushcare Program would love your help.

Even if you can’t make it to Bushcare, there is so much you can do just by photographing the important weeds you see around you.

Priority Weeds are plants that have the potential to pose a biosecurity risk to human health, the economy, the livability of our city and the environment.

This will help us:

  • view a map of priority weeds across the catchment
  • reduce the impact of weeds
  • detect new weeds

Once you return home, simply download the iNaturalist App, then upload your smartphone photos to iNaturalist.

A combination of artificial intelligence and citizen science will identify the species in your photos.

Your observations will be mapped by our project, and you will have made an important contribution to your catchment.

View map of current observations

Winter Gecko Newsletter

Follow this link to find the Gecko Newsletter on the councils website.

Bushcare is going paperless
The ‘Bushcare Is’ sign is coming to a site near you
Community Conservation Program Survey
Council wins Environmental Education Award
Bushcare Picnic – Save the Date
Vale Jill Rattray
Drosera Species
An ode to Karen
Emergency Dashboard
Meredith Brownhill receives an award
Council calls for urgent action to save koalas
Talented cadets join Healthy Waterways Team
Bushcare is turning 30!

Help shape the future management of Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service invites you to provide feedback on the Gardens of Stone
State Conservation Area draft Plan of Management and draft Master Plan. Submissions are open from 6 May to 5 July 2022.
The draft plans provide a framework for the future management of Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area.
To find out more or make a submission, visit
Submissions close 5 July 2022

Tell us your thoughts on Koalas

We need your help – with just 5 minutes of your time.
Following recent extreme weather events the issues around wildlife conservation have become even more complex especially for species like koalas that inhabit developed areas. Through this survey Science for Wildlife hope to identify & address key issues surrounding our wildlife, but we need your help by telling us your thoughts on koalas!
Support for this survey kindly comes from the NSW Koala Strategy – Koala Research Plan

Kali The Koala
Photo Credit Amy Davis

Bushcare Survey

For all active volunteers you will receive a link to the Community Conservation Program Volunteer Survey from your Bushcare Officer.

Results from survey will inform review and update of the Community Conservation Program Plan (CCP). This is the plan that provides the way forward together for Bushcare and other programs that work towards conservation.

It is a short survey with 11 main questions and takes on average around 8 minutes to complete. By completing this survey it ensures Bushcare is providing the right service to help volunteers to conserve the natural areas of the Blue Mountains.

If you need a paper form to complete please ask your Bushcare Officer and they will get one to you.

Survey will be open until 15th May 2022.

Volunteers Busy protecting at Swamp at Rocklea Place, Hazelbrook

Narrow Neck Landslide

After all the storms and ongoing rain recently, there was a major landslide on Glenraphael Drive, Katoomba.  The landslide is on NPWS land, but quite close to the Council Narrow Neck Bushcare site.  James from the Narrow Neck Bushcare Group took some amazing drone footage of that area, showing the extent of the landslide from a perspective not easily visible from the road.

Photo Credit: James Young

Vale Jill Rattray

Jill Rattray, who was a long-term and valued member of the Blue Mountains Bushcare Team, passed away after a long illness. Jill leaves a legacy, restoring and protecting our natural environment in the Blue Mountains through her work with our current groups, many from their inception.

Her horticultural expertise and bushland management knowledge, combined with her love of our natural environment, and interest in people, made her a valuable member of our team. Jill was a great educator, teaching many of our bush regenerators and community at the Blue Mountains TAFE, as well as working with the local retail nursery industry in the mountains. The result is that the majority no longer stock environmental weeds.  Her musical interests also extended to the Gang Gangs Bushcare band.  

Jill will be sadly missed by her colleagues, and the volunteers who worked with her, and the community members she had touched.

Jill’s funeral will be held on Monday 21 March at 11am, at the Leura Memorial Gardens. 

Jill Rattray