An Interview with the Artist

Black Gum Conservation Group

Mel Hills on a Life of Ecology, Art, and All Things Nature Mel Hills grew up in Orford on the east coast of Tasmania, where she was never far from nature. Whether it was the coastline, the wildlife, or roaming in the hills, Mel developed a deep love for Tasmania Landscapes from a young age. […]

660 Trees Planted at BGCG Field Day

Black Gum Conservation Group

On Sunday 24th September, 18 volunteers from as far south as Launceston and as far north as Devonport, gathered under perfect skies for the Black Gum Conservation Group‘s first revegetation project. In all, 660 trees were planted. 500 of these trees were generously provided by ‘Keep Tassie Wild’ (plus another 500 for our follow up tree […]

Introducing Eucalyptus ovata – Part 2

Importance Black gums are the unsung hero of the swift parrot. Tasmanian blue gum gets all the attention, but the black gum’s flowers are also an important food source for swift parrots, providing food during the early breeding season and in places where there is no flowering blue gum. As swifties depend on blue and […]

Introducing Eucalyptus ovata – Part 1

Introduction As far as endangered species go in Tasmania, it’s normally the birds and mammals that get most of the attention. We all know about the plight of swift parrots, Tasmanian devils and that a leading cause of a species’ decline is a loss of suitable habitat. What we don’t often think about, is that […]

Who are the Black Gum Conservation Group?

We would like to introduce you to the Black Gum Conservation Group – the newest of Wildcare Tasmania’s volunteer groups. Why Black Gum? Black Gum (Eucalyptus ovata) forest and woodland is a threatened vegetation community in lutruwita/Tasmania protected under state and Commonwealth legislation. This vegetation community provides important habitat for many endangered, and critically endangered […]