Cumberland Land Conservancy – Thornbill, 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 "Thornbill" in Agnes Banks covers 2.2 ha of high conservation bushland and is part of a key corridor between Sydney University’s Richmond Campus and the Agnes Banks Nature Reserve.

Using citizen science in Western Sydney

The property protects Critically Endangered Shale-Gravel Transition Forest and Endangered Alluvial Woodland. The property also supports the Endangered Cumberland Plain Land Snail (Meridolum corneovirens), and several vulnerable plants.

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.

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.

Eucalyptus moluccana
Grey Box or Gum-topped Box (Eucalyptus moluccana), Nadiah Roslan

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