Copies of the illustrated guide can be purchased for $25 at the Kooragang Wetlands Office in the Schoolmaster’s House, on Ash Island.
Butterflies and Bushland is a 124 page illustrated guide to the butterflies of Ash Island first printed in 2011. It was written and compiled by Julia Brougham who developed a deep love of Australia’s flora and fauna growing up in Bunbury, WA. The illustrations within Butterflies and Bushland were drawn and painted by Rosie Heritage. Rosie has studied at Sydney College of the Arts and taught Printmaking, Drawing and Art in high schools.
The Community Action Grant successfully submitted by the Kooragang Landcare Volunteers of the Hunter – Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (HCRCMA) for the “Butterflies and Bushland” project opened with the words, “Butterflies and moths are key indicators of the effect on invertebrate populations due to habitat loss, climate change and pollution”.
Butterfly numbers are in decline in the lower Hunter River, as in the rest of Australia, through loss and degradation of habitat. Restoration of two hectares of remnant vegetation with local native plants identified as larval food plants was undertaken to redress some of this loss. Artistic and scholarly observation of butterflies, moths and native plants began in the mid-1800s by the renowned Scott sisters, Harriet and Helena, living on Ash Island in the Hunter Estuary.