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John Thistleton

John Thistleton is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

South Coast beach erosion worse than predicted, says experts

John Thistleton Why swells are shifting sand from one end of the South Coast's smaller beaches to the other.

Breeding peacocks rely on Narrabundah's kind neighbours for safe harbour

A peacock at Taronga Plains Zoo, Dubbo. It was one of eight peafowl relocated from Narrabundah in 2013.

John Thistleton Narrabundah's hardy peacocks still rule the roost in the divided neighbourhood.

Cuppacumbalong Homestead tops Choice survey for Australia's happiest chooks

Cuppacumbalong farm Maremma guard dog, Fang protects his flock of chickens.

John Thistleton Choice survey finds Tharwa farm gives chooks biggest free range.

Cold front brings early dump of snow to Brindabella Mountains

Jayne Webster and Catherine Sim from Melbourne enjoy the snow on Mt Ginini in the Brindabellas on Wednesday morning.

John Thistleton Early snow draws holidaymakers into the mountains.

Wildlife ACT carers take aim at Canberra's domestic cats

Conservationists are calling for wider cat containment throughout   the ACT.

John Thistleton Carers who patch up the victims of roaming domestic cats in Canberra say they should be kept under wider control.

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Scientists, Jon Stanhope, former Greens push ACT-wide cat lock-up

Contained cats avoid accidents.

John Thistleton One signature could save Australia's native animals in Canberra, say 30 eminent ACT scientists, conservationists and former politicans

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No sign of autumn rain for Canberra's thirsty gardens

John Thistleton Canberra's dry, dusty days will continue through March.

ACT government falls behind cat containment legislation

John Thistleton The ACT government's cat containment laws have fallen behind the release of new suburbs, leaving pet owners in many areas having to build enclosures in the future, or risk having their roaming cat...

Fear fish-killing pathogen will spread from Yerrabi Pond to Murrumbidgee River

The Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin.

John Thistleton Anglers are being advised not to transfer small boats from Yerrabi Pond into other waterways to avoid spreading deadly pathogens that may be responsible for killing large numbers of Murray cod.

Rangers close roads reluctantly as snow falls in Namadgi National Park

Near blizzard conditions while closing roads along Mount Franklin Road heading to Bulls Head Picnic area in Namadgi National Park with ACT parks Senior Ranger Darren Roso.
The Canberra Times
24 June 2014
Photo Jay Cronan

John Thistleton ACT Parks and Conservation rangers protect snow-covered ground from four-wheel drivers.

Imported bees face quarantine test to quell biosecurity fears

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John Thistleton The first queen bees to arrive in Australia in seven years are expected to bring significant benefits and risks to the bee industry.

Fear wasp outbreaks could shut reserves

Dr Philip Spradbery from XCS Consulting inspecting a european wasp nest that was found in the James Turrell installation Within Without at the National Gallery of Australia.

John Thistleton ACT Parks and Conservation is stepping up research into the prolific wasp and any links with climate change.

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Study fires extinction debate

Eastern grey kangaroo with the baby kangaroo.

John Thistleton Of all the things that could have wiped out giant animals in Australia's south-east, climate change wasn't one of them.

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Beached as: fish out of water on the coast

Beached fish at South Durras.

John Thistleton Hundreds of bait fish have washed ashore mysteriously on the main beach at South Durras.

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Fears for property prices after green boom busts

Mary Ann Robinson

John Thistleton Harry Robinson keeps a firm rein on his stallion Trump. The Australian stock horse is in high spirits in the Illalong hills west of Yass where Banjo Paterson grew up.

Resourceful possums toast to Australia Day

A brushtail possum enjoys some toast in a Canberra home on Australia Day.

John Thistleton Ah, life in the bush capital on Australia Day.

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After law change, conservationist fears a shot in the park

John Perkins, a member of Friends of Durras and a NSW National Parks volunteer, with a Strangler Fig tree in the Murramarang National Park, near Pebbly Beach.

John Thistleton As thick and seemingly as sinister as pythons, this strangler fig's roots sprawl 50 metres across the forest floor in Murramarang National Park, in a silent, relentless fight for sunlight, water and...

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Unlocking the secrets of mysterious Lake George

Sailing on Lake George in 1961.

John Thistleton The Australian National University is embarking on the most comprehensive study yet of Lake George's mysterious water levels, as well as its archaeological, indigenous and European history.

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Researchers confirm first 'fire tornado' during 2003 bushfires

2003 bushfire pics for Grant

John Thistleton Canberra researchers say they have confirmed the first case of a fire tornado from analysis of evidence collected during the January 2003 Canberra fires.

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Red alert for high risk of fires

Fire Management officer, Julian Davies, left with Training officer, Mick Ivill.

John Thistleton Two summers of unprecedented rain and unusually cool temperatures have left a large fuel load of grass and unburnt forest areas in and around Canberra.

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