A Bush Capital Year.
Ian Fraser and Peter Marsack (CSIRO Publishing)
A natural history of the Canberra region
The Australian Capital Territory is a treasure trove
for naturalists, despite being without a coastline, without rainforest or
without deserts. A wealth of biodiversity is found there, due to the close
proximity of three major habitat types: the great western woodland grassy
plains bump up against the inland edge of the coastal hinterland mountain
forests, while the whole south-eastem Australian Alps system reaches its
northern limit in the Brindabella Ranges. Each of these habitats has its own
rich suite of plants and animals, great diversity of life can be found
within an hour's drive of Parliament House.
A Bush Capital Year introduces
the fauna. flora, habitats and reserves of the Australian Capital Territory,
including the most recent research available. It also emphasises often
unappreciated or even unrecognised urban wildlife.
For each month of the
year there are 10 stories which discuss either a species or a group of species,
such as mosses and mountain grasshoppers. While never anthropomorphic, many of
the stories are written from the organism's point of view, while others are
from that of an observer. Beautiful paintings complement the text and allow
better visualisation of the stories and the subjects