Macquarie Island is certainly an island of contrasts for those of us that have been visiting for a long time.
While working on the west coast near Flat Creek recently I managed to re-take some photographs I originally took in 2006 to illustrate rabbit damage, which now provides a visual demonstration of vegetation recovery post rabbit eradication.
The island has always been described as the ‘Great Green Sponge’ but until this year it hasn’t fit the description for me. The 2006 photos show why.
It’s been an amazing rollercoaster journey having been involved in the pre-eradication vegetation monitoring, the eradication project itself and now monitoring the island’s recovery. I feel a lot of satisfaction with the direction the island is now heading.