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The Tamborine Mountain communities surveyed and described hereunder are based on communities known as Regional Ecosystems (RE) (Slttler & Williams, 1999). They are described below with the code for each of these which is used in the Species Table.

Weeds were not recorded in all the surveys and so have not been fully included in the Species List. However they were significant but, thankfully minor, components of some of the vegetation communities.

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THE varied geology of TM, together with different climate from east to west and down the scarp, has produced a variety of ecosystems. These vary from moist rainforests down to fairly dry sclerophyll open forests. Fire is a major evolutionary influence on the mountain’s communities but has been much modified in the last few hundred years. There is a catenary sequence of soils down the slopes (a catena is a sequence of soils down a slope reflecting the changing geologic strata which give rise to them) and the communities blend into each other in consequence. There is an increasing invasion of weeds and a less obvious (and therefore less measurable) invasion of feral animals. These invasive effects are greatest on the upper boundaries with the residential plateau, and on the lower boundaries with the farmed and increasingly residential land. The time period of these surveys was insufficient to measure these invasive trends. Each of the ten major ecosystems of Tamborine Mountain described is distinct and recognisable in its plant and animal components and its environmental factors.

Sourced from Tamborine Mountain Flora and Fauna - M.J.Russell, G.Leiper, D.W.White, D.Francis, P.J.Hauser, W.J.F.McDonald, S.Sims

Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)