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Australia’s arid Outback is teeming with life…when you know where to look.
From taipan snakes and pelicans to hippie activists and hardline miners, John Read brings to life the characters, creatures and cultures of the Outback. Through vivid, personal stories he shares his experience as an ecologist making new discoveries; challenging conventional approaches to pastoralism, mining, tourism and environmental management; and witnessing the precarious balance of nature as species are pitted against the harsh climate of the Outback.
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During the last century, global domestic cat numbers rocketed past 200 million, along with a surge in cat diseases and numbers of feral cats and sick, injured and malnourished cats. Cat shelters are overflowing. Hundreds of thousands of cats are euthanised every year by despondent animal welfare workers. Misplaced sentimentality, sometimes promoted by corporate greed of cat food companies, has exacerbated this situation through promoting irresponsible feeding of strays.
Ecologist and author John Read has travelled the world consulting cat experts and collating the most recent science. In Among the Pigeons he balances the allure of indoor cats with the animal welfare, human health, and conservation issues they create when allowed to roam. But he also presents solutions, from breeding ideal indoor pet cats to development of humane and targeted tools, to control feral cats.
In striking parallel to the repercussions of human-induced climate change, warnings about the damage wrought by free-ranging cats have been largely denied or overlooked. But we ignore these issues at our peril. For our own mental health and endangered wildlife worldwide, time is running out.
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Explore the great Australian outdoors with On The Road’s 324-page Guide to Free Campsites 2020-2021. This guide features over 1600 campsites around Australia, including pet friendly sites and the facilities available along with information on setting up your vehicle, communications, maps, GPS coordinates, fishing, bush cooking and more.
This book contains the edited proceedings of papers presented at the Conservation through the Sustainable Use of Wildlife conference in Brisbane in September 2016. It examines what tangible benefits sustainable use of wildlife had delivered, what the impediments were, what data needed to be collected and what governance structures needed to be erected to enable sustainable use to deliver on its promise. Students are entitled to receive a $20 student discount when ordering over the phone on 02 8805 3900.
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The Great Australian Outdoors map of Australia has been put together by industry leader Hema and is printed on robust paper to prevent tearing.
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We’ve further collaborated with experts to present a robust 186-page second edition.
With a focus on conservation work we provide a staggering behind the scenes look at the real issues affecting Australia. This includes an in-depth look at the widespread damage caused by feral pests and other factors working against our hard-working Aussie farmers.
We explore south-west WA to walk in the Valley of the Giants, cross the waters of Walpole and drive amid old growth forest and sweeping dunes in Pemberton, along with Western Australia’s Ningaloo to swim with whale sharks and a tag along with gypsies who best know the west. Furthermore we step back in time at Victoria’s curious Werribee Park, go above and beyond at Barrington Tops in New South Wales, discover an oasis in the middle of our nation’s capital, dust off the dirt in South Australia’s Woomera Airbase and head underground in opal-rich Coober Pedy, cruise the Top End’s wet tropics of The Savannah Way, venture drover style along Queensland’s old Georgina Stock Route, indulge in the tastes of Tasmania and take to the sky for a different perspective of our wide brown land.
Along the way we get into metal detecting, birdwatching and photography, provide a guide to a whole new world in the stars above us and delve into eating our nutritious native bush foods and cooking our delicious game.
We also provide tips for Outback survival, review pertinent outdoor products and books, look at Victoria’s Target One Million fishing initiative, the importance of bees, backyard environmentalists, the devastation of bushfires, personal locator beacons, lights on 4WDs, foldaway lightweight bikes, generators, solar power and travelling apps.
In our premiere edition we highlight Australian conservation across the land and sea, including fighting for our native species, sustainability through marine parks and managing feral pests.
Along the way we proudly showcase unique locations like SA’s rugged Flinders Ranges, NT’s hidden healing springs of the Never-Never land, Tasmania’s ghost towns, The Keppels in Queensland by catamaran, the ‘snow-free’ magic within NSW’s Kosciuszko National Park, WA’s exceptional coastal town of Esperance and the Great Otways in Victoria.
We favourably take a look at native mammals as pets, legends of the Australian bush, hunting for the table and funding adventures with ongoing casual work. We find the genetically purest French pigs in the world, ponder the benefits of eating our national emblem and delve into a multi-million-dollar saga involving government and a search for fanciful foxes.
There’s 4WD, tyre safety and caravan towing tips to assist with your outdoor adventures, accompanied by reviews of useful products like the Hema HX-1 GPS Navigator and pertinent books like Walkabout Chefs. We take a first-aid course, look at contemporary boating options, show you how to catch your own prawns in the shallows and squid off jetties, along with keeping your food fresh.
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