Skyrail Nature Diary

Flowers and Seeds

August for the most part turned out to be a dry month as it normally is. Toward the end of the month we experienced some cloudy days and the occasional shower, but overall August was typically dry. September is traditionally the start of the main flowering event in the... read more

The Ancient World

The Wet Tropics contains some very primitive animals. It’s important to note that the word primitive should not be taken to mean backwards and on the way to extinction. The word primitive simply means that the animal in question, retains ancient features which have disappeared... read more

Wet Season in the Dry Season?

Mistletoes flowered surprisingly last month. The orange and red tubular flowers were however, more sparse than they usually tend to be. The fruits are small berries that contain seeds with a sticky thread on one end. When birds eat the fruits, these sticky threads make them... read more

Life before Humans.....

This month we will be looking at some interesting animals believed to have been extinct before humans arrived in Australia. Many of the animals which are known to have existed in our prehistoric tropical rainforests, were discovered as fossils in the famous Riversleigh fossil... read more


This month we will be looking at bats, a group of animals often reviled and surprisingly little known to most people despite comprising 20% of all known mammals (1,240 species). Only rodents have more species. In the old days bats were called flittermice. Other Germanic... read more