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Monday, January 13, 2014

Butterflies at Charles & Motee Rogers Reserve, Highfields 13/01/14

These beautiful collection of butterflies were taken at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields, South East Queensland today.  This reserve is one of the last remaining patches of remnant bushland in the Highfields Area and has been identified as an "endangered" ecosystem under the Queensland Vegetation Management Act of 1999.  The Reserve protects a small sample of the forest which once covered the Highfields Area and provides a vital habitat for many native species including the Koala and Sugar Gliders.

This reserve is currently under threat due to a Proposal by the Toowoomba Regional Council to clear a three metre wide walkway/cycle path through the reserve.  This reserve is only small as it is and any sort of land clearing would be a crime against the environment along with going against the wishes of Charles & Motee Rogers who donated the land to the Crows Nest Shire Council (now Toowoomba Regional Council) in the 1990's so it could be preserved and enjoyed by future generations.

An alternative location for the cyclepath/footpath is available in a designated footpath area beside the reserve along O'Brien road. This is a preferable option to provide access for local high-school students and residents and a much safer one also and would avoid any destruction of remnant reserve bushland in the Highfields Area.

Your support in petitioning the local Toowoomba Regional Council about this issue would be greatly appreciated. You can sign a quick on-line petition here: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/toowoomba-regional-council-preserve-charles-motee-rogers-bushland-reserve-at-highfields

Thankyou for making a difference.

You can follow our campaign and find out more information about this bushland reserve on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Preserve-Charles-Motee-Rogers-Bushland-Reserve-at-Highfields/527006067414953

Kind Regards,
Judi Gray.

Female Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly at Charles & Motee Rogers Reserve, Highfields, Qld, 13/01/14
Common Crow Butterfly at Charles & Motee Rogers Reserve, Highfields, Qld, 13/01/14
Blue Tiger Butterfly at Charles & Motee Rogers Reserve, Highfields, Qld, 13/01/14

Grass Yellow Butterfly at at Charles & Motee Rogers Reserve, Highfields, Qld, 13/01/14
Gumnuts at at Charles & Motee Rogers Reserve, Highfields, Qld, 13/01/14
Charles & Motee Rogers Reserve, Highfields, Qld, 13/01/14

Entrance Sign at the at Charles & Motee Rogers Reserve, Highfields, Qld, 13/01/14


Please sign the petition to keep this reserve as it was intended: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/toowoomba-regional-council-preserve-charles-motee-rogers-bushland-reserve-at-highfields


Linking with I heart Macro on Monday



20 comments:

  1. It is heartening on one hand to see people caring about conservation all over the world, but sad that these species have been so badly impacted... If you are ever interested, I have a small meme called Nature Notes. I think this is the 4th year, but small. It is for anything nature. I put up my post Monday nights...today by 11 pm EST.... Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle, Thankyoy for your comment- it is great to read that others all over the world share the same concerns about natural habitat loss. Thankyou for the invite, while I've missed out this week I will bookmark it for the next one. Thanks again, Judi

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    1. Thankyou Gunilla- I had hoped to get a better photo of the blue tigers as they are stunning.

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  3. Beautiful photos! Love the butterflies!

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    1. Thankyou Mary for your lovely comment.

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  4. Beautiful butterflies, gum nuts and berries! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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    1. Thank you again Laura for the opportunity. It is a great project and has me on the constant look out now for great macro shots!

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  5. Beautiful photos of the butterflies. I love the bright red berries the best. they caught my eye quickly. good luck with the petition.

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    1. Thanks very much Pam for your kind words and wishes for my petition. I am pleased you liked the berries - they caught my eye too!

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  6. What a wonderful blog you have here! I have thoroughly enjoyed your butterfly photographs as I'm attempting to learn more about our local species here in central Florida. This reserve looks lovely and I've added my signature to the petition to leave it as it is. I wish you all the best in your efforts.

    Looking forward to checking out your past articles as well as keeping up with future posts.

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    1. Thankyou Wally for your lovely comments and for taking an interest in my local area. I can't thank you enough for taking the time to sign my petition. I am very grateful. Thankyou again and best of luck with learning about your own local species - there is always something new to learn!

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  7. Amazing pictures - and perfect light! Love them, especially the ones with the butterflies.

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    1. Thanks Katrin for your comments - I would have liked the Blue Tiger to have opened it's wings and displayed its beautiful colourings however! maybe next time

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  8. Hi Judith
    Wow lovely post and can see you are working hard with 250 signatures on your petition, I have signed up to your blog to follow progress, I wish you all the best with your Council meeting tomorrow night.
    Wren x

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    1. Thankyou so much for your lovely comment and for signing the petition. It seems the council has taken notice of this petition which was only over 3 days, however I will not celebrate until it is confirmed that the remnant bushland is preserved. Thank you so much for your support, I have been overwhelmed with the response from everyone. It is wonderful to know that others all feel the same way. Thankyou, Judi.

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