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Cumberland Land Conservancy - Wombat

Using citizen science to monitor climate change impacts in Western Sydney

This trail location is owned and accessed by the Cumberland Land Conservancy (CLC). Data for this trail can only be collected in cooperation with a CLC Supervisor. Please contact the CLC if your school or community group would like to arrange a visit for educational or scientific purposes, and help monitor and manage the reserve.

Donated by a corporate donor in early 2018, the Cumberland Land Conservancy property "Wombat" covers 4.5 ha of high conservation bushland, protects endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest and forms a key link between Blue Mountains National Park and Mulgoa Nature Reserve. These east-west links are critical to the annual migration of species, such as the ClimateWatch monitored Golden Whistler, which migrates to the lowlands each winter. The property also supports the endangered Cumberland Plain Land Snail (Meridolum corneovirens) and the vulnerable listed Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera).

Other key ClimateWatch indicator species monitored at this site include international migratory species such as the Eastern Koel and Channel-billed Cuckoo, plants such as the White Cedar (Melia azedarach) and the Grey Box (Eucalyptus moluccana) of which psyllid outbreaks are being monitored as an indicator of woodland health. This particular species of Box is vital to the Cumberland Plain Woodlands and an important source of nectar and pollen for bees, native insects and birds, including the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot (also monitored on ClimateWatch).

Earthwatch and the Cumberland Land Conservancy will be delivering a ClimateWatch training workshop in 2019 for teachers and community groups that would like to get involved in monitoring and restoring the Critically Endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland. To find out more, contact Cumberland Land Conservancy: 


Grey Fantail nest building

ClimateWatch indicator species, Grey Fantail, building it's nest. Source: Earthwatch | Nadiah Roslan