Coming soon: the ‘Wondrous Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands’ colouring book

I’m very pleased to announce that a new free colouring book will be available to download soon. Wondrous Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands: A colouring exploration of a diverse ecosystem was commissioned by the Australian Capital Territory Government and the Molonglo Conservation Group, with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. The book was designed and illustrated by yours truly, with words, local insights and advice provided by Jed Pearson, Martin Henery and Karen Williams.

Wondrous Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands explores the threatened ecosystem of the same name that stretches from western Victoria to southern Queensland.

The book highlights the amazing diversity of plant and animal species that call this ecosystem home, with a particular focus on the Molonglo Catchment of the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales.

Last year I visited the Molonglo Catchment to research the landscapes and species that would end up in the book. Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands are characterised by a very open canopy of Eucalyptus trees (including the Yellow Box E. melliodora and Blakely’s Red Gum E. blakelyi) and an understorey of native grasses, herbs and scattered shrubs.

Wondrous Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands depicts the most important elements of the ecosystem that need to be carefully managed and restored if we are to conserve the greatest variety of native plant and animal species. This includes the native grassy ground layer:

The large old trees:

The rocky patches:

And the fallen logs, branches and leaves:

It’s been a great joy to work on this book over the last few months. We are just finalising the ebook, and once this is done it will be available to download for free. Print copies may also be available one day – stay tuned!

Thanks again to the ACT Government and Molonglo Catchment Group for commissioning this work.