The Vertebrate Fauna of Gardens of Stone National Park

Gardens of Stone National Park lies on the western fringe of the Sydney basin where the sandstone wilderness of the greater Blue Mountains meets the fertile plains of the central tablelands. In 2010-2011 a study was undertaken to address the shortfall of information on vertebrate fauna in the reserve.

A total of 246 native and nine introduced vertebrate fauna species are resident in or visitors to Gardens of Stone National Park. This number is typical for an area of bushland of this size in the Sydney basin. However, the total of 31 threatened fauna species is higher than many reserves of a comparable size in the region.

The spectacular sandstone escarpments and intricate pagoda formations provide habitat for a small suite of threatened species, including the broad-headed snake and large-eared pied bat. However, it is the grassy woodlands on the creek flats and gentle lower slopes of the Capertee Valley that support the greatest number of threatened species. Species occurring here include the hooded robin, barking owl, turquoise parrot, diamond firetail, black-chinned honeyeater, speckled warbler, regent honeyeater and greater broad-nosed bat. The shrubby white box woodlands and the river oak-dominated forests are also important habitats for threatened species, particularly for the regent honeyeater. The regent honeyeater is so perilously close to extinction that it is listed as critically endangered under Commonwealth legislation. The existence of habitat within the reserve has high regional conservation significance.

Targeting biodiversity management toward the above habitat types will achieve the greatest conservation benefit for vertebrate fauna in the reserve.

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