This is a beautiful and historic Reserve for this year’s Bushcare’s Major Day Out.
Known as the Third Settlement because it was the home of Government Farm in 1792. Third Settlement Reserve covers an area of 12.1 hectares and contains remnant Cumberland Riverflat forest, an endangered ecological community.
This reserve provides connectivity corridors up and downstream of Toongabbie Creek. The bushland also has established old growth canopy trees, and includes a range of habitat elements such as small and large hollows, rocks, fallen logs, mosses, lichens and leaf litter. With permanent water the forest provides the resources for a range of birds and animals.
A recent Flora & Fauna Survey of the Reserve identified 16 species of birds, 4 species of frogs and reptiles and 7 species of mammals. Of these mammals, 2 are listed as threatened under the legislation including the Grey Headed Flying Fox and the Southern Myotis. Rakali (aka Water Rat) have also recently been sighted within this reserve, as part of this recent survey.
Council employed contractors and a dedicated long-term Bushcare Group work together within this Reserve to help protect and conserve native species, by allowing native plants to become established without being smothered by weeds. Contractors and volunteers use a staged weed removal program to ensure that habitat availability is not lessened and bank stability is not compromised.
Come along, bring your family and friends, have a go at bushcare and enjoy a barbie afterwards!