Cumberland Land Conservancy – Marsdenia, NSW

This trail location is owned and accessed by the Cumberland Land Conservancy (CLC). Acquired in 2017 by the Commonwealth Government and gifted to Cumberland Land Conservancy the property "Marsdenia" in Llandilo covers 3.75 ha of high conservation bushland and is part of a key corridor between the Wianamatta Regional Park and the Wianamatta Nature Reserve.

Using citizen science in Western Sydney

The property protects Critically Endangered Cumberland Shale Plains Woodland and supports a healthy population of Marsdenia viridiflora subsp. viridiflora, a rare plant listed as endangered under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

The property is located within BirdLife Australia's Richmond Woodlands Key Biodiversity Area which protects the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater and Critically Endangered ClimateWatch species, Swift Parrot.

Other key indicator species monitored at this site include international migratory species such as the Eastern Koel and Channel-billed Cuckoo, plants such as the Cherry Ballart, Sweet Bursaria  Black-anther Flax-lily and the dominant Grey Box (E. moluccana) of which psyllid outbreaks are being monitored as an indicator of woodland health. This particular species of Grey Box is integral to Cumberland Plain Woodlands and an important source of nectar and pollen for bees, native insects and birds, including the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot.

How to get involved

Data for this trail can only be collected in cooperation with a CLC Supervisor.

Please contact Cumberland Land Conservancy if your school or community group would like to arrange a visit for educational or scientific purposes, and help monitor and manage the reserve.

 Black anther Flax lily MARSDENIA

ClimateWatch indicator species, Black-anther Flax-lily, Nadiah Roslan

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