Wildlife Recovery

The Cumberland Plain ecosystem has been extensively cleared and many species are struggling to survive. However, the impacts of land clearing have not been evenly shared. Over the last 200 years we have lost two species of native plant from the Cumberland Plain but, in the same period dozens of species of wildlife have been lost.

CLC is active in working to protect and restore the native wildlife of the Cumberland Plain. Some of our current operations include:

Fox control.

Fox control is critical to the survival of local wildlife. We are working with Greater Sydney Local Land Services and our neighbours to ensure effective and human fox control on our property.

Deer control.

Introduced Fallow and Red Deer are having a major impact on our local wildlife. In addition to damaging local creeks and waterways they compete with native species for food. We are working with neighbouring landowners in coordinated deer control. If you would like to be involved please contact us.

Woody habitat restoration.

The CLC Woody Habitat Program is helping recover native ground mammals including the Bogul (Bush Rat) and Antechinus.

Recycled habitat logs
Recycled habitat logs donated by ‘Friendly Freds’ arborists at ‘Wallaroo’

The lack of hollow logs (or ‘coarse woody debris’) is a key limitation for native wildlife on the Cumberland Plain. CLC is recovering and returning hollow logs to our woodlands for the benefit of local wildlife.

All habitat logs have been recycled (rescued) from approved arborist works in the local area. Each log is inspected to ensure they are clean and free of pathogens before they are brought on site.

To date we have installed over 100 tonnes of woody debris as habitat for native wildlife across four properties

Mulgoa Logs 3 (c) Wildside Au
Habitat logs replicate the natural logs which fall from old trees. These provide a critical resource for native wildlife as we wait for the woodland to mature over time.

Wildlife Reintroductions.

In partnership with WIRES, Local Land Services and Western Sydney University (WSU) CLC has reintroduced wombats to a private conservation site in Mulgoa. This is the first of a string of proposed wildlife reintroductions being coordinated by CLC in predator-controlled properties.

Two wombats rescued from roadkill parents enjoy a new life at Mulgoa

Tree Habitat Hollows.

The vegetation across the Cumberland Plain has a severe shortage of old trees with hollows for wildlife nesting. CLC has partnered with Greening Australia and Sydney Arbor to install a series of nine nesting hollows in younger trees at ‘Wallaroo’.

The hollows were selected through a careful process considering the species present, their conservation status and interactions for nest hollow competition.

Wallaroo Habitat hollows
‘Habitat Hollows’ installed by arborists provide new habitat for Feathertail Gliders at ‘Wallaroo’