Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve Plan of Management

Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve covers 10 hectares of remnant bushland in the suburb of St Ives in north-eastern Sydney. The nature reserve was established in 1972 over what was previously Dalrymple-Hay Demonstration State Forest. The State Forest was named after Richard Dalrymple-Hay, the first Commissioner of Forests in NSW, who proposed the acquisition of the land for a demonstration forest in the 1920s.

1 May 2004
Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW)
Publication, Plan of management, Final
  • ISBN 0-73136-6387
  • ID DEC20040134
  • File PDF 153KB
  • Pages 24
  • Name dalrymple-hay-nature-reserve-plan-of-management-040134.pdf

Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve protects one of the few remaining stands of Blue Gum / Blackbutt forest within the Sydney region. Together with the adjoining Browns Forest, private land and Sydney Water land, it forms one of the largest remnants of Sydney Blue Gum High Forest, an endangered ecological community listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. Only around 1% of the estimated original 11,000ha of Blue Gum High Forest remains in a relatively natural state.

Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve is popular with local residents for short walks and nature appreciation. Bird watchers use the area extensively due to the high number of species within the reserve.

Photo: Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve / Mike Cufer/OEH