Hidden Treasures of Sutherland Shire

Bonna pointInterested in exploring Sutherland Shire? The list of Sutherland Shire’s hidden treasures from Christine Guthrie would be a helpful guide. Oatley Flora and Fauna members were presdarook pkented with an arm chair tour of these parks on 28 of October by Oatley local and former manager of Bushcare at Sutherland Shire Council Christine Guthrie. She shared her intimate knowledge of Sutherland Shire’s more interesting bushland with a strong emphasis on threatened vegetation and vulnerable habitat. Chris brought to our attention the salt marsh for migratory waders, pockets of littoral rainforest, remnants of turpentine/ironbark forest and an extremely rare beetle (the endangered Menippus fugitivus). The beetles feed on the rainforest tree Celtis paniculata at Grays Point Reserve.

These were only some of the gems discussed, proving yet again how important it is to ensure protection for what little remnant bushland we have. More on plants at: sutherland.austplants.com.au

Click here for full guide OFF Sutherland Hidden Treasures Locations.doc Bonna Point Reserve – Coastal Saltmarsh , Important fish breeding habitat

Marton Park -  Freshwater Wetlands
Charlotte Breen Reserve – Kurnell Dune Forest
Woolooware Cycle Track – Saltmarsh and mangroves. Taren Point Shorebird Reserve -  important feeding and roosting areas for wading birds
Bass & Flinders Point – Littoral Rainforest, endangered Ecological Community
Darook Park – Closed forest with predominantly rainforest specie
Shell Road Reserve – Remnants of saltmarsh and littoral rainforest on Gunnamatta Bay
Rutherford Reserve – Remnants of littoral rainforest and coastal heath, views to Maianbar and Bundeena
Burraneer Park – Remnants of littoral rainforest and access to the foreshore of Burraneer Bay
Beauford Park – Beauford Avenue, Caringbah. Coastal heath species and views to Royal National Park.
Lilli Pilli Point Reserve – Interesting selection of rainforest species not common in Shire, views to Royal National Park
Grays Point Reserve – Littoral Rainforest and endangered Population of the beetle Menippus fugitivus
Pollard Park – Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest
Port Hacking Road Reserve – River-Flat Eucalypt Forest on Coastal Floodplains
Paruna Reserve - Views across the Woronora River to Illawong.
The Glen and Koolangarra Reserves – Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest
Maandowie Reserve – Accessible via an extensive series of fire trails
Prince Edward Park – A large tract of bushland at the rear of the cemetery with extensive views over the Woronora River.
Menai Conservation Park – Shale/Sandstone Transition Forest in the Sydney Basin Bioregion
Lucas Heights Conservation Area – Extensive network of trails through ANSTO and council owned land. Click here for full guide OFF Sutherland Hidden Treasures Locations.doc  

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