The IUCN Red List Updated


The link below is to an article that reports on the latest update to the IUCN Red List – there are now 21 000 species at risk of extinction.

For more visit:
http://inhabitat.com/iucn-red-list-identifies-21000-species-at-risk-of-extinction/

Media Release: Update on Warrumbungle National Park


The link below is to a media release with the latest information regarding the rehabilitation of Warrumbungle National Park following the devastating bushfires that swept through the park. Progress is continuing and various sections of the park have now been reopened.

For more visit:
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/media/OEHMedia13062701.htm

Cameroon: Poaching Update


The link below is to an article reporting on the latest news regarding the poaching of elephants in Cameroon.

For more, visit:
http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?204209

Earth: More Islands Than we Thought


The article below provides an interesting update on the world’s islands. We have more than we thought – 657 more in fact.

For more visit:
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/978475–earth-has-657-more-islands-than-the-last-time-we-counted

 

Holiday Update


My latest holiday plan has gone flop – the back packing holiday is a no-goer. Reason? It would seem from all reports that the Tops to Myalls Heritage Trail has been abandoned, with parts of the route now so overgrown as to be unrecognizable. I have been told of walkers in recent times having to back track a fair distance when the way ahead was no longer able to be walked. So as disappointing as it is I have abandoned the trail myself and will now do something else.

With time running out for a settled option, I have decided to fall back on an earlier idea and that is to visit the Cathedral Rocks National Park and possibly do some further walks at the Dorrigo National Park. I have booked a vehicle (car rental) for the trip so things are fairly settled now as far as the destination is concerned. I am now going to put some meat on the bones of my idea and draw up an itinerary, Google Map, etc. So some real detail of what I plan to do will be coming over the next few weeks.

This isn’t going to be an expensive holiday or a long one, but is mean’t to be a simple time-out break and one that will allow me to plan some much bigger holidays for later in the year and into the coming year also.

Next Trip: Back to Trekking


With the road trip now done and the car returned to Budget (rental), my thoughts have turned to my next holiday. I have a few road trip style adventures in the works, but my next holiday is likely to be a trekking adventure.

In the past I have twice walked across the Barrington Tops, completing the ‘Tops to Myall Heritage walk’ section as far as the township of Craven. I now plan to do the second section of the walk, from Craven to Hawks Nest – not far from where I now live. This has been something I have wanted to do for some time and now I intend to actually complete it.

There is no intended date at this stage, though I would hope to do it well before the end of this year. I would think it likely to be towards the early part of the second half of the year – if that makes sense.

Prior to setting out on this trek, I will be looking to update some of my gear (most of which has vanished in recent moves). I will be looking at a new tent and a sleeping bag for starters, as well as a new back pack. I’m sure there will be a few other things I will need to acquire before I set off as well.

Planning for this trip can all be followed on this Blog… stay tuned for further developments.