ClimateWatch

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Cumberland Land Conservancy - Wallaroo

Using citizen science to monitor climate change impacts in Western Sydney

This trail location is owned and accessed by the Cumberland Land Conservancy (CLC). Data for this trail can only be collected in cooperation with a CLC Supervisor. Please contact the CLC if your school or community group would like to arrange a visit for educational or scientific purposes, and help monitor and manage the reserve.

In 1877, Cumberland Plain Woodland covered 107,000 hectares, or about 30 per cent of the Sydney Basin. It is one of the most heavily cleared landscaped in Australia, with farming and urban development shrinking it to just 6400 hectares. 

Cumberland Land Conservancy (CLC), a volunteer operated not-for-profit organisation, is working to protect and restore Critically Endangered woodlands of Western Sydney. The core purpose is to acquire and conserve land locally for wildlife preservation, with its first acquired property being ‘Wallaroo’. 

Purchased by the Commonwealth Government and gifted to Cumberland Land Conservancy in early 2016. ‘Wallaroo’ covers 38 ha in Mulgoa and protects Critically Endangered Cumberland Shale Hills Woodland, Cumberland Riverflat Eucalypt Forest and provides habitat/foraging for six species of endangered wildlife.

Key ClimateWatch indicator species monitored at ‘Wallaroo’ include international migratory birds such as the Eastern Koel and Channel-billed Cuckoo, Flame Robin and resident breeding pairs of Eastern Yellow Robin. Plants include the White Cedar (Melia azedarach) and the dominant Grey Box (Eucalyptus moluccana) of which psyllid outbreaks are being monitored as an indicator of woodland health. This particular species of Box is integral to Cumberland Plain Woodland and an important source of nectar and pollen for bees, native insects and birds, including the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot (also monitored on ClimateWatch).

Earthwatch and the Cumberland Land Conservancy will be delivering a ClimateWatch training workshop in 2019 for teachers and community groups that would like to get involved in monitoring and restoring the Critically Endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland. To find out more, contact Cumberland Land Conservancy: https://cumberlandlc.org.au/contact/ 

 

Eastern Yellow Robin 

ClimateWatch indicator species, Eastern Yellow Robin. Source: Earthwatch | Nadiah Roslan