About the author – Sue McIntyre

Gang Gang is a landscape on the east-facing slopes of the Yass River Valley in southern New South Wales.  For the last 16 years it has also been both our home and field laboratory.

I am a botanist and ecologist.  These are my research disciplines, and my work has been mainly on native grasslands, grazing and grassy eucalypt woodlands – and how to to retain their diversity and ecological health.  

I have worked at the University of New England, Australian National University and CSIRO for 30+ years.  Increasingly, my interests have been drawn away from the Byzantine world of research management and grant-getting, to the practical business of ecological restoration, including communicating what I have learned.

I contribute monthly to our local newsletter the Gundaroo Gazette, and write about landscapes and the plants and animals that live in them, including the humans.  As the Gundaroo Gazette has a modest circulation, I am making the articles accessible though this website.

I am a research partner in a major woodland restoration experiment located in the north of the ACT.  The Mulligans Flat – Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment involves a number of restoration treatments as well as introductions of regionally extinct fauna such as the Eastern Bettong, the Eastern Quoll and the Bush Stone-curlew.  For details see:

I work with photographer Carolyn Young, and our jointly authored art photography book “Grassland in Transition” is available from Carolyn’s website.Details of my scientific publications can be viewed on Google Scholar or Publons and copies of papers sent on request.

Welcome to Gang Gang.

Sue McIntyre

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  1. Hi Sue. In the past week i’ve realized that all the rosellas, cockatoos and corellas have disappeared from the property. Even the magpie numbers seems to have dropped dramatically. Any thoughts on a reason?

    • Dear Larry. I am not aware of any major changes that would have caused this. It is worth noting that under certain weather conditions e.g. very windy and/or rainy, birds can be quite reclusive. Also as it is such an unusually favourable season, wildlife may be finding rich resources in different parts of the landscape. For example, most of our normally resident grey kangaroos went missing for much of this summer, and are only just coming back on to Gang Gang in numbers this week.

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