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This project is supported by The Central Qld Coast Landcare Network through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country

Caring for our Country

Whitsunday Catchment Landcare is supported by Whitsunday Regional Council and Reef Catchments (Mackay Whitsunday Isaac) Limited

provision of the nursery site, irrigation water and mulch for revegetation projects
Reef Catchments

in kind donation of administrative support
Whitsunday Regional Council


Recommended Books.
The following books are recommended by WCL for use in the local area. 

Weeds Front cover Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday region - 2 volume set including Control options for weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday region

Pastures Mackay Whitsunday Pastures: Mackay Whitsunday region - A guide for developing productive and sustainable pasture-fed grazing systems

Plants of Cape York - the Compact Guide
Over 600 plants described. Cross-over with many plants found elsewhere along the east coast in addition to Cape York.
Plants of Tropical North Queensland - the Compact Guide
Covers plants from Cooktown to Cardwell, but has cross-over with many plants found in the Whitsundays.
101 Plants of the Wet Tropics 101 Plants of the Wet Tropics - a Field Guide
An easy to understand field guide on some of the most common and recognisable plants of the wet tropics.
101 Animals of the Wet Tropics 101 Animals of the Wet Tropics - a Field Guide
An easy to understand field guide on some of the most common and recognisable animals of the wet tropics.

Weeds of Northern Australia - a Field Guide
Good information and photos of weeds. Written for the NT, this book also has many weeds found in the Whitsundays; both declared weeds as well as environmental weeds.

Across the Top Across the Top - Gardening With Australian Plants in the Tropics
Describes 1400 species; includes articles on topics ranging from successful gardening with native plants to encouraging birds and butterflies in your garden.
Australian Rainforest Plants vol 1 Australian Rainforest Plants vol 2

Australian Rainforest Plants vol 1 - 6
Attractive and easily understood reference for gardeners, students, farmers, botanists and other plant lovers. Each book contains over 100 species of rainforest trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers and epiphytes. Each species’ appearance, distribution and behaviour in the wild are described, as well as its use in the garden. Further information is provided on edibility by humans and other organisms, Aboriginal usage and suitability for timber or rainforest regeneration.

Australian Rainforest Plants vol 3 Australian Rainforest Plants vol 4  Australian Rainforest Plants vol 5  Australian Rainforest Plants vol 6
Field Guide Field Guide to Plants of the Dry Tropics
190 pages of the more commonly occurring plants of the dry tropics. Provides several detailed photographs for each species, as well as a descriptive text in a handy small format.
Burdekin Delta Tree Guide The Burdekin Delta Tree Guide
Quick identification guide for common trees and shrubs. Includes information on traditional uses of plants, their propagation and use in revegetation. Good cross over of species with Whitsunday region.

One Hundred and One Trees of Mackay
Produced by the Society for Growing Australian Plants, Mackay Branch. Great reference for our local area with botanically accurate line drawings.

Gardening With Australian Plants
Produced by the Society for Growing Australian Plants, Mackay Branch. Information on growing our local native species for the garden.
Growing Australian Native Plants from Seed
Information is provided on seed germination, growing seedlings in containers and species suitable for direct seeding. Specific details are provided on propagating over one thousand native plant genera and thousands of individual species.
   Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest
2,436 Australian species described by botanist Wendy Cooper, 1,236 of which are illustrated by her husband Bill. A botanical reference as well as a piece of art.


   Australian Rainforest Fruits
504 of the most common fruiting plants found in Australia's eastern rainforests, from Cape York to Victoria, with some species also found in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and overseas. Species arranged by colour of ripe fruit, then by size and form. Five broad categories – pink to purple, blue to black, yellow and orange to red, green to brown, and white – allow people with even limited botanical knowledge to identify rainforest fruits.
Each species description is accompanied by a leaf drawing, a distribution map, and diagnostic characters to help the reader distinguish similar species.

Tawny Frogmouth
An easy-to-read account of these unique nocturnal birds of the Australian bush.

The Butterflies of Australia
A complete guide to Australian butterflies, with hundreds of beautiful illustrations in typical habitats. Includes food plants.
Looks at the ecology and conservation of these iconic birds.
Recent, significant discoveries about remarkable, mound-building Megapodes.
Australian Insects
Reveals worlds that we often glimpse at but rarely stop to consider.

Spiders. Learning to Love Them
Introduces us to the hairy, but not so scary, creatures that share our homes and gardens. Answering questions like: how do spiders build webs? Is the daddy long-legs the most venomous spider in the world? Is arachnid romance really so cutthroat? The author guides us through the myth and mystery that surrounds spiders, finally looking at the dreaded bite itself.

Field Guide to the Frogs of Qld
Provides a comprehensive identification and photographic guide to the 132 species of frogs in Qld. Species profiles information on size, call and preferred habitat, points of interest for each species, conservation status of all threatened species, and there are special sections devoted to disappearing frogs and the Cane Toad.                                         
  Rainforest Animals
Featuring stunning photographs of Australia’s tropics, this book presents fascinating information on many of the rainforest’s rare, threatened and significant animals.