Avoiding Dangerous Encounters

Does Australia deserve its “Dangerous” tag?

A Spider-hunting Scorpion on a rock
The venomous Spider-hunting Scorpion can cause pain and swelling in humans

While dangerous animal encounters are common in Australia, it is unusual that an encounter results in a serious injury, and fatalities are rare. The Australian population is currently at its highest ever level of just over 24.5 million and around 9 million people visit Australia from overseas each year, and the number of human interactions with wildlife has never been greater. Yet fewer people die from animal-related injuries per year (less than 30) than from motor vehicle-related incidents (currently around 1200) or workplace accidents (around 200).

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Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots Book Release

Peter Rowland and Chris Farrell are very proud to announce the release of their new book “Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots” (published by John Beaufoy Publishing, Oxford in association with Australian Geographic). The culmination of over 30 years of individual research and four years of collaborative effort to produce this portable yet informative aid to both domestic and international travellers who want to maximise their birding experience in Australia.

View of Australias Birdwatching Megaspots book cover, showing Eastern Spinebill on front and Hooded Plovers on rear
Front and rear cover of the book

The book gives in depth information on Australia’s 55 Birdwatching Megaspots, the 55 sites that typically rank highest in each state or territory for species richness or are home to the more uncommon species. Continue reading “Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots Book Release”