Bushland Restoration

At present, there is approximately 158ha of bushland in Camden Local Government Area (LGA) which is under Council’s care and control. The bushland contains a range of vegetation communities which are listed as Critically Endangered Ecological Communities and Endangered Ecological Communities under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act). These communities are in varying condition and are being restored through Council’s Bushcare Program and relevant grant programs. Most of the bushland currently in Council’s ownership is in the southern half of the LGA, but the urban development of areas in the north of the LGA will result in the acquisition of bushland areas, increasing the amount of bushland in Council’s ownership.

Download the Map of Bushland in Camden Council Reserves

For further information on any of these projects, contact Camden Council’s Natural Resource Project Officer on 4654 7777.



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Bushland Regeneration, Elizabeth Throsby Reserve

 

Camden Council has undertaken work to regenerate bushland at Elizabeth Throsby Reserve, Currans Hill. The overall aim of the project was to protect and regenerate native plant species within identified areas of Elizabeth Throsby Reserve. This was achieved by on-ground weed management and bush regeneration works which targeted the woody weeds African Olive (Olea europaea) and African Boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum). This restoration work was completed in June 2017 and carried on work originally conducted by a Green Army Team in 2016.

The bushland within the reserve is identified as the Critically Endangered Ecological Community Cumberland Plain Woodland. This ecological community is not found outside of western Sydney and therefore, it is very important to the Camden region.

Work to complement the restoration of the Reserve continued in 2018, with the installation of rural style fencing and bollards to prevent illegal dumping in the areas that are now open following removal of the dense woody weeds.

For further information, please contact Camden Council’s Natural Resource Project Officer on 4654 7777.

Bush Regeneration, Gundungurra Reserve (South)

 

Camden Council completed bush regeneration works in February 2018 within Gundungurra Reserve (South) as part of a restoration project supported by Greater Sydney Local Land Services through funding from the NSW Government. The project commenced in July 2015 and aimed to regenerate and restore Cumberland Plain Woodland through the removal and control of invasive and noxious weeds including African Olive (Olea europaea), African Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula), Bridal Creeper (Asparagus asparagoides) and Lantana (Lantana camara). Weed removal and treatment was conducted over approximately 3ha of the site by contractors. This work to control African Olive and African Lovegrass in Cumberland Plain Woodland, has led to the buffering and protection of regenerating Elderslie Banksia Scrub Forest and has contributed to the enhanced resilience of the Spring Farm Bushland Corridor.

In partnership with Camden Council, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) conducted a prescribed burn in Gundungurra Reserve (South) in Spring 2016. The prescribed burn occurred across approximately 1ha in order to reduce fuel hazard and regenerate native vegetation. Fire can be a useful tool for ecological conservation by assisting native plants to regenerate and providing an improved food source for native animals. The low intensity prescribed burn conducted within this area has contributed to a reduction in the fire hazard of African Olive and other weeds, as well as provided ecological benefits to native plants such as Kangaroo Grass. Common Wallaroos and many woodland birds will also benefit from an enhanced food source and habitat.

For further information, please contact Camden Council’s Natural Resource Project Officer on 4654 7777.

Bush Regeneration, Elizabeth Macarthur Reserve

In 2016 Camden Council undertook work to regenerate a portion of bushland at Elizabeth Macarthur Reserve, Camden South. The overall aim of the project was to regenerate native vegetation through on-ground weed management and protection of native species. The restoration site included two patches of bushland which have been managed as a ‘no-mow’ zone for over a decade, allowing native grasses, shrubs and some canopy trees to populate the site.

Weeds such as African Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula), Chilean Needle Grass (Nassella trichotoma), and woody weeds such as the noxious weed African Olive (Oleaeuropaea) and African Boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum) have been removed and controlled as part of this project. Controlling weed spread within the site, encourages native species such as Weeping Meadow Grass (Microleana stipoides), Plume Grass (Dichelachne crinita), Bulbine Lily (Bulbine bulbosa) and Grey Box (Eucalyptus moluccana) to regenerate. These small patches of Cumberland Plain Woodland, a NSW Critically Endangered Ecological Community, are very important to the Camden region. This ecological community is not found outside of western Sydney and, due to high levels of urban growth, it’s becoming even rarer in NSW.

For further information, please contact Camden Council’s Natural Resource Project Officer on 4654 7777.

Creating Habitat for Camden White Gum, Camden Town Farm

 

This project commenced in February 2018 and will consist of the staged removal of 4ha of woody weeds along a portion of the Nepean River at the Camden Town Farm. This will allow replacement planting of 22,000 native trees and shrubs to extend River-flat Eucalypt Forest (an Endangered Ecological Community) and create habitat for the Nationally Threatened plant, Camden White Gum (Eucalyptus benthamii). This project will re-instate 200 Camden White Gum along the Nepean River and promote gene flow with wild stands to ensure the long-term survival of the species.

For more information or to register your interest for community planting events please contact Camden Council’s Natural Resource Project Officer on 4654 7777.

Creating Habitat Stags

In December 2015 Camden Council conducted a habitat stag demonstration to install tree hollows in a dead habitat tree in Belgenny Reserve. This project was supported by Greater Sydney Local Land Services through funding from the NSW Government.

The habitat tree had been killed by lightning and needed to be pruned for public safety reasons. As part of the pruning process, branches were retained for bird perches and tree hollows were installed. Arborists worked to create large hollows in tree limbs suitable for large birds to live in, as well as a hollow specifically designed for microbats called a “bat maze”. Hollows are very important to ecosystem function because they provide animals with a place to shelter, hide from predators, breed in and raise their young.

Tree hollows can take more than 100 years to develop naturally and, due to urban pressures, are becoming rare in the local and Greater Sydney area. Because tree hollows are becoming increasingly rare, and their formation is such a slow process, it’s very important to conserve and enhance existing habitat trees. Protecting habitat trees will greatly assist conservation of bird, bat and mammal species and help to ensure that these animals are not lost from the Camden area.

For further information, please call Camden Council’s Natural Resource Project Officer on 4654 7777.

Nepean River Trail Habitat Corridor Enhancement and Extension

In March 2015 Camden Council was awarded a grant from the Federal Department for the Environment, through Round 1 of the 20 Million Trees Program, to enhance and extend a portion of the Nepean River Habitat Corridor within Rotary Cowpasture Reserve. This was achieved through the removal of 2ha of woody weeds and replanting the site with locally native plants of the River-flat Eucalypt Forest vegetation community, an Endangered Ecological Community in NSW.

Weed removal and revegetation works has restored River-flat Eucalypt Forest within the project site and extended the existing vegetation within King’s Bush Reserve. Restoration of the site has provided plants and animals with an ecologically rich habitat to thrive in and the community of Camden has benefited from the improved views when crossing Cowpasture Bridge and walking the Nepean River Trail.

The project commenced in May 2015 and was completed in July 2017, with six community planting events held during the project to plant 12,000 trees within the Nepean River Corridor. Long-term environmental maintenance of the site will be undertaken through Council’s Bushcare Program. Bushcare is a great way to be active, meet new people and help our local environment.

For more information or to register your interest for community planting events or Bushcare Group please contact Camden Council’s Natural Resource Project Officer on 4654 7777.

Download the Nepean River Trail Habitat Corridor Enhancement and Extension Information Sheet.