Wallumatta Nature Reserve

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Wallumatta Nature Reserve
New South Wales
Wallumatta turpentine.jpg
Wallumatta Nature Reserve is located in New South Wales
Wallumatta Nature Reserve
Wallumatta Nature Reserve
Nearest town or citySydney
Coordinates33°48′21.81″S 151°7′45.64″E / 33.8060583°S 151.1293444°E / -33.8060583; 151.1293444Coordinates: 33°48′21.81″S 151°7′45.64″E / 33.8060583°S 151.1293444°E / -33.8060583; 151.1293444
Area6.195 km2 (2.4 sq mi)[1]
Managing authoritiesNSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
See alsoProtected areas of
New South Wales

Wallumatta Nature Reserve is a small bushland area in suburban Sydney, Australia. Comprising 6.195 hectares, it is surrounded by the residential suburb of East Ryde. Once part of the Field of Mars of 1804, the reserve is the largest surviving area of Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest, an endangered ecosystem.[2] Soils are based on Ashfield Shale and Hawkesbury Sandstone.

The word "Wallumatta" is derived from the Eora language for the former local aboriginal inhabitants, meaning snapper (a local fish).[3][4] The forest canopy is primarily made up of turpentine, grey ironbark, red mahogany and Sydney red gum. The tree, grey box is found here, though usually associated with the drier western areas of Sydney. The blueberry ash is also present, a common plant of the wetter more fertile areas of eastern New South Wales.

Native animals recorded include brushtail possum, grey-headed flying fox, blue-tongue lizard and red-bellied black snake. Feral foxes, domestic dogs and cats threaten the indigenous wildlife.[1]

Wallumatta Nature reserve is treated as a "demonstration site", and much bush regeneration work has been carried out to remove weeds and encourage indigenous species. The nature reserve is listed by the Australian Heritage Commission on the Register of the National Estate.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Wallumatta Nature Reserve" (PDF). Office of Environment and Heritage. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Sydney turpentine-ironbark forest - endangered ecological community listing". NSW National Parks and Wildlife Association. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Grapeshot: Wallumatta, Rediscovering The City Of Ryde". Macquarie University Student Publication. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Best practice guidelines: Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest" (PDF). NSW Environment.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Visit a Park: Wallumatta Nature Reserve". Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Wallumatta Nature Reserve". Sydney Destinations. Retrieved 21 April 2019.