Bidjigal Reserve

 

 

Headwaters of Bidjigal Reserve catchment area Lake Parramatta
Powerful Owl by Neil Fifer
Bidjigal Reserve (formerly part of Excelsior Park and Darling Mills State Forest) is a place of rugged natural beauty and full of hidden treasures; a time capsule of ancient ecosystems, aboriginal shelters and colonial history. Bidjigal Reserve has much to offer us, from those who walk its tracks every day, to those who enjoy a view of its green expanse when they drive by.

With sheer sandstone cliffs, towering eucalypt forest, sparkling creeks and sheltered rainforest gullies, it is an oasis of natural habitat in the middle of urban Sydney. Big enough to support a wide range of wildlife, the reserve is alive with noise, colour and movement from birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.

Most of the Reserve has been public land since the earliest days of European settlement and it is now entering a new era with a new name, some changes in boundary and its own Management Trust.

Bidjigal Reserve contains over 370 native plant species including an amazing 29 different native orchids, endangered ecological communities and rare and threatened species.

The Reserve and surrounding bushland forms a patch of habitat large and healthy enough to support a diverse array of wildlife including mammals such as Echidnas and Sugar Gliders that have become rare, as well as insectivorous species of birds like Wrens and Thornbills.

Many of the more common species such as Kookaburras, Crimson Rosellas, Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and Rainbow Lorikeets have increased in number in the Reserve in recent years. Australia's largest owl, the endangered Powerful Owl, breeds in the reserve.

For more information on the Bidjigal Reserve Trust Board please click here.

 

Photographs are Copyright © Robyn Williamson 2006