By: Michael Fox

Brush-turkey mound - 27 Dec 2015

Brush-turkey mound

A special Christmas with a Brush-turkey Alectura lathami chick hatched from mound built in the Fox Gully wildlife corridor. The male turkey has been scratching together mulch, and some plants to build a mound to impress his two girlfriends. He obviously did a good job as we now have at least one new chick in the gully.

Brush-turkeys are a challenge for gardeners however they are part of our bush habitat.





Mount Gravatt Environment Group

Bush monsters Bush monsters on top of mountain

By: Michael Fox

Fearsome bush monsters joined us for bushcare on Tuesday afternoon.

Three members of the famous Geocaching Woods family joined Marshal and I at bushcare.








Bush regenerator Bush re-generator Eloise in action


Bush monsters Eloise and Lincoln are very passionate about the bush and enthusiastic about bush restoration.

Hard at work Investigator Lincoln hunting for bugs

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The results of our work with Fox Gully Bushcare have been recognised with two awards at the Australia Day Awards Breakfast hosted by the Southside Sport & Community Club.

Councilor Krista Adams, BCC Wishart Ward, presented me with Community Australia Day Award in recognition to continued commitment to the envirionment.

Phil Reeves MP, State Member for Mansfield, presented an award to recognise that Fox Gully Bushcare was  Finalist for the 2010 Community Group of the Year.  Jude, my wife and inspiration, and myself with Phil Reeves. Thank you to Heather Barnes, Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Commitee, for nominating our group for the award.

Welcome to Fox Gully Bushcare a small, 2 hectares, but important part of the 66 hectare Mt Gravatt Reserve  Mt Gravatt Reserve is a unique island of Queensland bushland ten minutes from Brisbane CBD and home to Koalas, Echidnas, twenty seven different types of butterfly and dozens of birds.

The aim of the Fox Gully Bushcare Blog is to celebrate the extraordinary beauty of this island of bush in the middle of suburbia and build community commitment to  the protection and restoration of this valuable resource.

My objectives include:

  • education:
    • about the diversity of native plants and animals living right beside us; and
    • the damage caused by weeds spreading from our own gardens.
  • building a community:
    • where the bushland is valued and used; and
    • individuals believe they can make a difference. We often don’t take action because “It is all too big.”, “All to complicated.” or “That’s The Government’s job.”
  • continuous learning:
    • publishing my latest photos and research for The Flora and Fauna of Mt Gravatt Reserve – Sue Jones and Michael Fox, a CD compilation of the diverse species, 243 native plant species, found in the Reserve; and
    • allowing my research to be challenged, corrected or enhanced.

Flora & Fauna of Mt Gravatt Reserve is a dynamic learning tool for the authors, which means mistakes in identification and other information will occur from time to time. As these mistakes are challenged our knowledge is expanded and corrections are included in this expanding record of information about our local flora and fauna.

All photographs have been taken in Mt Gravatt Reserve by the authors.

Michael Fox- Fox Gully Bushcare Co-ordinator