A Merimbula based author is highlighting the toll introduced species have on the local environment, with a special event at Tura Marrang Library later this month adding weight to the message.
Sharyn Bruce is the author and illustrator of a series of books about invasive animals and birds.
Ms Bruce comes from seven generations of rural land holders and is passionate about the natural world.
The impact of the European wild rabbit, the common carp, the European red fox, Indian myna bird and the cane toad are all detailed in the series - ‘Let Me Introduce You’.
Using a common ballpoint pen, Ms Bruce creates exquisitely detailed images of these feral pests.
“I hope my art and books help harness the power of citizen ecologists,” Ms Bruce said.
The series will be launched on Friday, 24 November and has prompted a mini expo of educators and scientists to answer questions and present more information.
The community is invited to presentations from an experienced group of experts, including Dean Ansell - National Parks & Wildlife Service, Patricia Daly - Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, and Doug Reckord -Bournda Environmental Education Centre.
The session will focus on the issues created by introduced species and provide advice to people on what they can do to help manage the problem.
“The Sapphire Coast is a spectacular place to live and I hope people will come along and learn more about what they can do to nurture our local environment and species,” Ms Bruce said.
The book launch and presentations start at 10.30am, bookings are essential, phone Tura Marrang Library on 6499 2340 or by booking online - www.begavalleyshirelibrary.eventbrite.com.au
This event has been organised by Bega Valley Shire Library in partnership with National Parks & Wildlife Service, the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, and the Bournda Environmental Education Centre.