Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre

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Field guide list

Our environmental educational centre provides written sources of reference for students and members of the community to access, to be better aware of their surrounding, flora and fauna (plants and animals) that they may come across when exploring within nature.


Kingsford, R. 1991 Australian Waterbirds: A Field Guide, Kangaroo Press Pty Ltd, Kenthurst Notes: Waterbirds: useful and light-weight guide for work in creeks and swamps, easy to use, with description, distribution, habitat, colour photographs.

Morcombe, M. 2000 A Field Guide to Australian Birds. Steve Parish Publications, Archerfield, Qld

Schodde R. & Tideman S. 1990 Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds Reader's Digest, Sydney

Simpson, K. and Day, N. 1996 Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, A book of Identification 5th  edition, Penguin Books, Ringwood Notes: Use for identification and the attached handbook is useful for beginners.

Slater, P., Slater, P. and Slater, R. 1996 The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Weldon, Sydney

The G Pizzey & Knight Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Harper Collins Publishing.


Fisher, R. 1995 A Field Guide to Australian Butterflies, Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, NSW

Harvey, M.S. and Yen, A.L. 1989 Worms to Wasps, Oxford University Press, Melbourne

Hawking, J.H. & Smith, F.J. 1997 Colour Guide to Invertebrates of Australian Inland Waters , CRC for freshwater Ecology, Murray- Darling Freshwater Research Centre

Simon-Brunet, B. 1996 Spiderwatch: A Guide to Australian Spiders, Reed Books, Port Melbourne

Moulds, M. S. 1990 Australian Cicadas, UNSW Press, Kensington

New, T.R. 1996 Name that Insect: A guide to the insects of South-Eastern Australia, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Zborowski, P and Storey, R. A Field Guide to Insects in Australia, Reed Books, Port Melbourne


Churchhill, S 1998 Australian Bats Reed, New Holland Pty Ltd

Menkhorst, P and Knight, F. 2001 A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Strahan, R. 1995 The Mammals of Australia, Australian Museum/Reed Books, Chatswood

Smith, A. and Winter, J. 1997 A Key and Field Guide to Australian Possums, Gliders and Koalas, Surrey, Beatty & Sons

Triggs, B. 1996 Tracks, Scats and Other Traces: a field guide to Australian Mammals, Oxford University Press, Melbourne


Benson, D H and Howell, J, 1990 Taken for Granted: the bushland of Sydney and its suburbs,Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, NSW

Bishop, A. 1996 Field Guide to the Orchids of New South Wales and Victoria, UNSW Press, Sydney

Bradley J. 2000 Bringing Back the Bush Lansdowne. The Rocks

Carolin, R. 1991 Beach Plants of South East Australia, Sainty & Associates, Potts Point Notes: Coastal plants: useful for common plants on dunes.

Costermans, L. 1983 Native Trees and Shrubs of South-eastern Australia, 2nd edition, Rigby, Adelaide Notes: A simple guide to most of the larger native plants with colour photographs and a brief introduction to their ecology.

Cronin, L. 1989 Key Guide to Australian Ferns, Palms and Allies, Reed Books, Sydney

Debenham C. The Language of Botany The Society for Growing Australian Plants

Edgar, G.J. 2000 Australian Marine Life – Revised Edition - The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters Reed New Holland

Enwhistle, T.J., Sonneman, A. & Lewis, S.H. 1997 Freshwater Algae in Australia Sainty & Associates, Darlinghurst, NSW

Fairley A. & Moore P. 1995 Native Plants of the Sydney District Kangaroo Press. Kenthurst

Floyd, A.G. 1989 Rainforest Trees of Mainland South-eastern Australia, Inkata Press, Sydney Notes: Rainforest trees: with 385 species this text is comprehensive for rainforest trees.

Low T. 1989 Bush Tucker -Australia's Wild Food Harvest Angus and Robertson. Sydney

Mitchell, M. 1996 Native Grasses: Identification Handbook for Temperate Australia, Agmedia, East Melbourne.

Muyt A. 2001 Bush Invaders of South East Australia R.G. and F.J. Richardson. Victoria

Nicholson Nan & Hugh 1996 Australian Rainforest Plants I,II, III, IV. Terania Rainforest Publishing. The Channon, NSW

Parsons, W.T. & Cuthbertson, E.G. Noxious Weeds of Australia 2nd Edition CSIRO Publishing

Robinson, L. 1994 Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst

Sainty, G.R. & Jacobs, S.W.L. 1981 Water Plants of New South Wales Sainty & Associates, Darlinghurst, NSW

Tame, T. 1992 Acacias of South-eastern Australia Kangaroo Press

Young, A.M. 1982 Common Australian Fungi New South Wales University Press

Wheeler, D.J.B, Jacobs, S.W.L and Norton, B.E. 1990 Grasses of New South Wales; 2nd Edition, University of New England, Armidale

Williams J.B., Harden G.J. & McDonald W. J.F. 1984 Trees and Srubs in Rainforests of NSW and Queensland. University of New England Printery, Armidale.

C.D. ROM Fungimap 1.1 Sep 2001 Royal Botanic Gardens. Melbourne.

Reptiles and frogs

Barker, J.T., Grigg, G. and Tyler, M. 1995 A Field Guide to Australian Frogs, Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Ltd. Notes: Illustrates and describes the frogs of Australia, covers all of the 200 or so frog species found in Australia. Descriptions, photographs, distributions. Line drawings of anatomical details.

Cogger, H.G. 1996 Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Reed Books, 22 Salmon St, Port Melbourne 3207

Griffiths, K. 1997 Frogs and Reptiles of the Sydney Region, University of NSW Press, PO Box 1,Kensington, 2033 Notes: For identification for the Sydney region, especially for beginners.

Hoser R.T.T 1989 Australian Reptiles and Frogs. Pierson & Co. Mosman

Swan, G. 1990 A Field Guide to the Snakes and Lizards of New South Wales, A Three Sisters Publication, PO Box 104, Winmalee, NSW, 2777 Notes: A pocket sized guide containing descriptions and studio photographs of all the species. A list of references but no key.

Frog calls

CD Frogs of SE Australia

Grigg, G.C. and Barker, J. 1973 Frog Calls of south-Eastern Australia, University of Queensland Nature Sound CDs Note: Has a great range

Fish and other marine life

Allen, S.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia Western Australian Museum CSIRO Publishing

Davey, K. A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life of Australia New Holland Publishers

Hutchins, B. & Swainston, R. 1986 Sea Fishes of Southern Australia Swainston Publishing Perth

Kuiter, R. 2000 Coastal Fishes of S.E. Australia Publisher Gary Allen Smithfield

Seasonal approach

Blay, J. 1994. The Australian Native Plant Gardener's Almanac, Southwood Press, Marrickville

Edmanson, Jane. 1992 Working Manual for Gardeners, Lothan Books, Port Melbourne Note: A month-by-month guide to practical tasks to do in the garden

Lieth, Helmut (ed). Phenology and Seasonality Modelling, Chapman & Hall Ltd, London

Reid, Alan 1995 Banksias and Bilbies: Seasons of Australia, Gould League of VictoriaSeale, Allan. 1991 Gardener's Calendar, Treasure Press Australia

Smith, M. 1994 Bush Mates: A guide to the wildlife of Nelson Bay Self-published.

White, G. 1994 The Natural History and Antiquities of Selbourne Folio Society, London

Specialised reports on flora and fauna

Morris, A. K. Editor 2002 Central Coast Bird Report for 1999, Central Coast Group, Birding NSW

Payne, R. 1993 A Proposal for the Protection of Rainforest Remnants in the Gosford & Wyong Areas, NSW National Parks Association, Sydney

Bushwalking guides

Blomfield, J. Hawkesbury to Hunter – Coastal Walking Publisher Killcare Wagstaffe Trust

Collier, B. 2000 Discovering the Central Coast Envirobook Annandale

Daly, J. & L. Take a Walk in a National Park – Sydney to Port Macquarie RRP $25

Elder, B. 1993 Day Trips Around Sydney, A daytrippers Guide to 200 km Around Sydney Lothian Publication Company, Victoria

Fairley, A. 1974 Along the Track – A Guide to Bushland around Sydney

Levis, C. & Savage, C. 2001 4WD Tracks Close to Sydney Boiling Billy Publications Marrickville