The Vertebrate Fauna of Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve and Browns Forest

The remnant of forest that comprises Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve and Browns Forest is the largest remaining stand of Blue Gum High Forest, which is listed as a Critically Endangered Ecological Community under both state and Commonwealth legislation. The flora present within these reserves is well documented, but to date the fauna has been less well known. This report documents a systematic vertebrate fauna survey undertaken in the reserves in 2011-2012.

A total of 129 native vertebrate fauna species have been recorded in the reserves in the last 25 years. Some of the most significant fauna occurrences are listed below.

  • the reserves support a high diversity of insectivorous bat species compared with other small reserves in northern Sydney. Three of these species are listed as threatened under State legislation.
  • the reserves support a breeding pair of powerful owls, a species listed as threatened under State legislation.
  • the reserves provide important feeding habitat for the grey-headed flying-fox, also listed as threatened under State legislation.
  • a number of other threatened species are rare visitors to the reserves, including the glossy black-cockatoo, the little lorikeet, and the barking owl.
  • the reserves support one of the few surviving long-nosed bandicoot populations within urban Sydney.
  • A number of forest-dwelling species that are uncommon in the Sydney area have been recorded, including the noisy pitta and the oriental cuckoo.

This report provides a current inventory of native and pest fauna species, profiles the occurrence of threatened species, summarises threats posed to native species, and provides recommendations for management of the most important fauna values.


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